Richard Toix cooks up a storm at AF Chandigarh !

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It has been said that food is the only beautiful thing that truly nourishes! In 2010, UNESCO classified France’s gastronomy as ‘an intangible cultural heritage of humanity’. To celebrate the same, the Fête de la Gastronomie was officially launched in 2011 and is organised from September 22 to 24 every year. In Paris, this translates into a series of events which bring together food professionals and the general public – from cooking demonstrations and recipe competitions to special low-priced tasting menus in top restaurants. The event attracts a staggering two to three million visitors to over 10,000 food events spread over three days and offers a unique opportunity to get a taste of the conviviality, pleasure and  joy surrounding French culture and gastronomy.

Some of the delicacies served during the Fête de la Gastronomie at Chandigarh

Some of the delicacies served during the Fête de la Gastronomie at Chandigarh

This year, Alliance Française de Chandigarh decided to celebrate the Fête de la Gastronomie on September 23 (Saturday) at Hotel Taj with the Michelin-starred chef Richard Toix. The celebrated chef came all the way from Saint Benoît, near Poitiers Futuroscope, to entice food lovers in Chandigarh with his delectable preparations. He served a gathering of around 60 people with a variety of Indo-French food. The real surprise was the Black curry – a far cry from the green and red curries which the denizens of the city are used to. Some of the other specialties served included Lukewarm soup with leeks, potatoes and French truffles, Tomato tartare and sorbet vinaigrette sauce, Green peas « Chef style », Black curry with its accompaniment « Chef style », Sole curry « Chef style », Lamb loin in seaweed pastry crust, lemon confit and red wine juice and Vanilla and pistachio pastries.

The Michelin-starred chef Richard Toix

The Michelin-starred chef Richard Toix

It goes without saying that Indians have a long history and a wide variety of cuisines native to their land. However, that didn’t stop the attendees from being enamoured with the chef’s delicacies and the Indo-French ambience of Taj. It was a perfect occasion for people to share the gastronomy and culture of their respective countries while relishing Indo-French food!

Shilpi Sharma

Cultural coordinator, AF Chandigarh

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