The French Ambassador was among the judges who chose Bury St Edmunds’ Maison Bleue restaurant to help give Britain a true taste of France.
The award winning restaurant was selected for the worldwide one day Goût de France event on Monday by French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann and a panel of high profile judges headed by Chef Alain Ducasse from The Dorchester.
Maison Bleue chef-restauranteur Pascal Canevet created a French gastronomic celebration dinner serving fine French cuisine alongside renowned Michelin starred restaurants such as Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Brasserie Joel and Escoffier.
In addition to the restaurants, French embassies around the world hosted celebration dinners.
Pascal said: “We are very proud to be selected, representing the East of England in this unique international event.”
Brittany born Pascal created an innovative five course menu inspired by traditional haute cuisine recipes from the renowned Edwardian cookery book Le Guide Culinaire by Auguste Escoffier using locally sourced produce including roasted ballotine of Norfolk black chicken with duxelle, sauce foie gras, tarragon and frogs’ legs.
He adde: “Seasonal, locally sourced produce is a passion of mine and I loved adding a local twist to traditional French recipes to create the celebration Goût de France menu”
The Maison Bleue team, all French and Swiss trained, entered into the spirit of the evening by sporting French Breton striped tops and jaunty scarves and by decorating the restaurant with a traditional 1940s pushbike, onions and grapes.
More than 60 guests enjoyed the occasion at Maison Bleue with a fizz reception and live French music.
Co-owner, Pascal’s wife Karine, said: “It’s been a delight to celebrate French cuisine, we had such a fun evening and look forward to hosting next year’s Gout de France.”