French cuisine is on the menu at 20 restaurants and four bakeries around Israel this week as the fourth edition of the ‘So French, So Good‘ culinary festival gets underway. Local chefs and pastry chefs in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Beersheva, Acre and Tiberias will partner with French counterparts to create French-Israeli fusion delicacies.
Michelin star chef Laurent Azoulay, of L’Ekrin restaurant in Méribel, has teamed up with Meir Adoni at his BlueSky restaurant in Tel Aviv to co-create gourmet masterpieces.
Michelin-rated chef Michel Sarran is whipping up Toulouse-transposed cuisine with Tel Aviv’s Hotel Montefiore chef Moran Yanai.
“The idea of sharing ideas and customs, blending them to create the most unique culinary offering, is a time honored tradition among chefs around the world,” Yanai tells Wallpaper.
Other chefs taking part include Uri Yermias and Quentin Joplet (Uri Buri restaurant in Acre); Stéphane Leger, Fabrice Moya and Anne-Sophie Demai and David Magen (Leonardo, Rimonim, Hof Guy in Tiberias); Georges Camuzet and Sahar Raphaël (Cramim in Beersheva); Bello & Angeli’s chocolatier Sébastien Bello and Miki Shemo (Shemo Bakery); Ridha Khadher, the acclaimed baker from “Au Paradis du gourmand” in Paris, and Gali Friedman (Da Da & Da café in Tel Aviv); among others.
This is the first year a French barman is taking part in the festivities. Nico de Soto — named the most influential French bartender at the 2014 Cocktails Spirits show in Paris – will share the art of mixing drinks at bars in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
The Embassy of France runs the French food festival in collaboration with a number of sponsors. This year’s event is dedicated to the cuisine of Toulouse.
‘So French, So Good’ runs through February 12, 2016.