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Top chefs cook underground

11-25-2010 09:03 BJT

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The Paris Metro was teeming with savoury smells on Tuesday afternoon when top, Michelin-rated French chefs went underground to cook in public. Let's find out what made them want to whet the appetites of travellers.

Household names in French high-end cuisine such as Bruno Doucet of La Regalade restaurant and Antoine Westermann of Drouant restaurant prepared a simple yet tasty calamari entree before surprised commuters.

Antoine Westermann, Chef of French Restaurant "Drouant", said, "I find it rather nice that we can do it in a place like the Metro, and to be able to share. It's important to eat. And if we can cook as professionals and enjoy ourselves, and make it a point to have the passengers leave the metro like that, I find that really amusing."

Organized by metro authorities, the spectacle hopes to open the closed, often exclusive doors of French high cuisine to the general public by rendering it more accessible through the metro system.

The Paris Metro was teeming with savoury smells on Tuesday afternoon when
top, Michelin-rated French chefs went underground to cook in public.

Marc de Champerard, Head of French Gastronomy Guild, said, "Cuisine is something political. We should fight for it just like the defense of certain things, to lead a political fight against notably the neo-liberal world, which has a tendency to trivialize and make everyone eat the same thing with no unique taste."

Although this was a way of democratizing high cuisine for the public, the superior quality of the dish was still evident.

Both metro passengers and culinary enthusiasts alike were pleased to find something that suited their palates.

Gerhard Farradesche, Culinary Enthusiast, said, "We're fortunate to have excellent people who have the humility to go down to the metro, which I find extraordinary."

The art of French gastronomy was recently recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.


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