Franco Russian Gastronomy Festival


Franco-Russian Gastronomy Festival in Cannes Grand Hotel

The third Festival of Franco-Russian Gastronomy took place from Cannes to Nice from September 1 to 5 for its first part and will end in Monaco from November 23 to December 1st, 2012. For this third edition, all restaurants in Cannes joined the operation in honoring the famous millefeuille, renamed "Napoleon" in Russia (this pastry triangle was realized for the first time in 1912 by a French chef to honor Napoleon's hat). So its 100 years were celebrated!

Isabelle Gainche, Marketing and Sales Director at the Cannes Palais des Festivals, said: "The Festival of Russian Gastronomy will feature in early September, great chefs, strengthens even further our friendship uniting Cannes and Russia for over a century. "

Some of the most famous establishments hosted chefs duos from both countries, meeting to offer a spectacle around the cuisine during great evenings. The public had the opportunity to experience the Grand Russia cuisine in its gastronomic interpretation as a range of traditional French and Russian dishes were interpreted by famous chefs from the Côte d'Azur and Russian chefs from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Estonia and southern Russia.

Major arts in Russia, vast country more known for its caviar and vodka, are music, dance and painting, but one should nevertheless know that between 1862 and 1912, every ten years took place in Saint Petersburg and Paris the "Franco-Russian Gastronomic Seasons". It was one of the signs of friendship and reconciliation after the 1812 war. In 2010, Natalia Marzoeva decided to revive the tradition of these culinary meetings between our two countries.

The Franco-Russian festival opened by a party in the Grand Hotel gardens in Cannes on September 1st. For this exceptional feast made of exchange and conviviality, starred chefs had put every effort in a festive menu to have the public discover Russian cuisine. With the presence of great Russians chefs from St. Petersburg to Moscow recognized institutions and Michelin-starred French chefs, they concocted tasty dishes reflecting Russian and French gastronomic habits. Under the aegis of Natalia Marzoeva, organizer of the event, five workshops presented dishes interpreted by French and Russians chefs duos including: Ivan Berezutsky "Gollandets" Saint-Petersburg, Sébastien Broda "Park 45" Cannes, Andrey Korobyak "Maxim Bar "Moscow, Pascal Bardet "Hotel Belles Rives" Juan Les Pins, Slava Kazakov " Oblaka " Moscow, Sébastien Mahuet "La Reserve" Nice, Anatoly Kazakov "Hills " Moscow, Michael Durieux "Hôtel Majestic Barrière Fouquet's" Cannes, Alain Romero, Didier Uhrík and Fred Colas " The Annex " Cannes,  Atsamaz Gusalov and Oleg Baron, "Less" Vladikavkaz, Jean-Claude Brigel, "Le Café de Paris" Monaco, Marcel Ravin "Le Monté-Carlo Bay" Monaco.

Through the different specialties offered, one could discover at our Russian friends chefs a cuisine with a strong identity, mixing flavors and product with both Asian, Caucasian and Siberian know-how. As for our French chefs, one could recognize the touch of the greatest with a variety of delicious dishes, respecting the great French gastronomic tradition.

The Franco-Russian week then continued to Monaco for a private party and a Russian Party held inside the restaurant of the Reserve in Nice with a "degustation" menu. Finally, to close the season, a day at the Belle Rives Beach and a musical evening at the Belles Rives have been proposed.