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Bucharest, March 22 /Agerpres/ - French cuisine was celebrated on Tuesday at the French Embassy in Bucharest as part of an event called "Gout de France," at a diner which menu celebrated Paris running to host the Summer Olympic Games 2024.

Ambassador Francois Saint-Paul told the reception party hosted at his residence that "Gout de France" is also an invitation to discover and rediscover France's gastronomic heritage.

"The diner party also alludes to Paris' bid to host the Olympic Games 2024 under the slogan 'Venez partager' (Come and share). The slogan equally addresses the sports, culture and gastronomy aficionados," the diplomat said.

The evening's desert, "Paris en fleurs" (Blooming Paris) - was created with the Paris bid in mind. "We have imagined the desert as our support for Paris' bid to host the Olympic Games. Our menu was designed to promote France and Paris in the competition for hosting the Olympic Games," French Embassy's chef Andrei Tamas told AGERPRES.

The special chocolate desert was made in the shape of a 12-petal flower. The petals will open when hot sauce is poured at the base to reveal a Madelaine covered in creme patissiere and a miniature Eiffel Tower, all draped in the French flag. The Eiffel Tower is made of blue curacao jelly, cocoa liquor and aperol. The 700 chocolate petals in all desert servings were made by two people, who worked all day long, said Tamas.

The full menu, a celebration of the French bistros, featured equal parts Romanian and French ingredients and references to the Romanian cuisine. Thus, the main course - mutton file - was served with a side of polenta and truffles, mashed nettles and quail eggs.

Ambassador Saint-Paul mentioned cuisine as a connection between France and Romania.

"Gastronomy in itself means a wish to share. We do not cook for us alone. We cook for our loved ones. Romanians love sharing with others; their cuisine is very diverse and that is one of the reasons French people and Romanians are engaged in a dialogue," Saint-Paul told AGERPRES.

Among the invitees to the French Embassy diner party were Chairman of the Romanian Olympic Committee (COSR) Mihai Covaliu and COSR Deputy Chair Camelia Potec.

Restaurants in Bucharest and Timisoara on Tuesday also celebrated the diversity of French gastronomic arts as part of the same "Gout de France" event.

The five participating restaurants in Romania are Barbizon Steak House of Bucharest (chef: Stefan Popescu); Gargantua d'Oro of Bucharest (chef: Cesar Alonso Velasquez Baez); Le Bistrot Francais of Bucharest (chef: Sorin Miftode); Naan Food & Drink Studio of Bucharest (chefs: Marian Piersinaru and Gabriel Ilie) and Sabres of Timisoara (chefs: Daian Popescu and Iuliu Ciornei).

"Gout de France/Good France" is an initiative of renowned chef Alain Ducasse and France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

The third edition of the now traditional spring event comprised more than 2,000 restaurants from 150 countries.

"Gout de France/Good France" attempts to showcase the French lifestyle, and products form France's regions, while advancing France as a holiday destination.

Part of the event, French diplomatic missions abroad hosted special diner parties at the residences of their local ambassadors. AGERPRES (RO - author: Oana Ghita, editor: Claudia Stanescu; EN - author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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