Taste of Paris 2017: A Culinary, and Theatrical, Tour de force

Taste of Paris 2017: A Culinary, and Theatrical, Tour de force

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Taste of Paris, sponsored by Electrolux, returns to the Grand Palais (from 18th to 21st May 2017) with the now familiar pop-up restaurants, workshops, food market and culinary demonstrations.

For the 3rd edition, 19 invited chefs will create signature dishes and compositions created exclusively for TOP. Among the cast of characters will be the original chefs who built the reputation of the Taste Festivals; these first saw the light of day at Somerset House, London in 2004.

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Alain Ducasse and Romain Meder (Plaza Athénée), Guy Savoy (Guy Savoy), Thierry Marx (Mandarin Oriental, Paris), Frédéric Anton (Le Pré Catelan), Stéphanie Le Quellec (La Scene at the Prince des Galles), Nicolas Beaumann (Maison Rostang), Juan Arbelaez (Nubé at the Hotel Marignan), Kei Kobayashi (Kei) and Pierre Sang Boyer (Pierre Sang Restaurants).

And, for the first time, taking up the challenge: Julia Sedefdjian (Les Fables de la Fontaine), Sylvestre Wahid (Thoumieux), Yoshitaka Takayanagi (L’Agapé with his signature smoked Tataki of Tuna), Tomy Gousset (Tomy & Co) as well as the unique Grégory Marchand (Frenchie, Paris & Covent Garden, London) representing the new, hip Parisian gastronomic scene– an energetic and multicultural one.

Jérémie Izarn, winner of Top Chef 2017

Jérémie Izarn, winner of Top Chef 2017– already head of his own restaurant, La Tour des Sens in Tencin— will unveil his vision of creative gastronomy around the local products of his region between Grenoble and Chambéry – accompanied by his proud brigade. For gourmet viewers who followed his M6 Top Chef journey, this young talent’s participation at TOP will be the perfect opportunity to taste some of the recipes that had them salivating in front of their TVs.

Meet and greet the team of La Tour d’Argent with Executive Chef Philippe Labbé and to discover La Rôtisserie d’Argent – The Boulanger de la Tour and the Comptoir de la Tour epicerie. Here’s the perfect opportunity to taste signature dishes prepared by the brigade of the T d’A – with owner André Terrail – perfect with a flute of Champagne Tour d’Argent. “It’s a fantastic adventure, sweet, sour, umami, it’s all here,” says André Terrail.

Philippe Labbé, chef at La Tour d’Argent

Add Amandine Chaignot (The Rosewood, London), William Ledeuil (Ze Kitchen Galerie) and Jean-Baptise Lavergne (La Table du 11), three former students of the prestigious Ferrandi Paris Cookery School, taking turns to cook in the college’s eponymous pop-up restaurant.

Spectacular desserts are in the hands of Guy Krenzer (Maison Lenôtre) and Christophe Adam (L’Éclair de Génie), Gregory Cohen (Mon Eclair), Nicolas Haelwyn (Karamel), Choco-mavens Pierre Marcolini & Jean-Paul Hevin (MOF), Arnaud Lahrer and Le Taillevent’s pastry chef Kimiko Kinoshita.

And, under the gorgeous glass dome of the Grand Palais, 19 pop up restaurants helmed by the above super chefs and tomorrow’s hot talents.

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How does it work ?

The tasting dishes (5€-12€) are paid for with your TOP credit card to buy at the entrance. The Taste Club will post exceptional menus for lunch and dinner and the giant food market showcase must have artisanal and organic products including vegetables, cheese, wine, breads, chocolates, smoked salmon, charcuterie, caviar etc to take home in TOP signature totes.

Meet NBFs (New best friends) over a flute of Laurent-Perrier champagne or a pint of Heineken – at wine bars Petit Ballon and Dauphin’s Wine Cellar.

And, take a peep backstage during the “Secrets des Chefs” sessions on the stage of the Taste Theater when Electrolux Masterclasses showcase top chefs passing on their secrets and techniques. There’s something for everyone – young future top chefs guaranteed lots of fun with cookery related animations and demonstrations.

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Over the years Electrolux has become one of the leaders in home appliances with some 40 million products sold annually in about 150 countries. The brand is the only appliance manufacturer in the world offering complete solutions to consumers and professionals and equips the kitchens of more than 50% of Europe’s Michelin-starred chefs.

A very special event – see you there !

Where : Le Grand Palais, 3, Avenue de Général Eisenhower, 8th. Metro: Champs Elysées Clémenceau. Tel: 01 44 13 17 17. From Thursday 18th-Sunday 21st May. Entry fee from 18€-22€. Children under ten free. Book tickets on: www.tasteofparis.fr

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend It.com, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !

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