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So Chef! Celebrating French Cuisine


So Chef! brings together French know-how with local produce and celebrates food with everyone
Following the success of previous editions, So Chef! is coming back to Southern Africa from the 9th to the 21st of October 2017. Save the dates and celebrate with us the diversity of French cuisine and treat yourself to a memorable gastronomic experience à la française!
The French network in Southern Africa (South Africa and Lesotho) will once again celebrate French gastronomy with four top Chefs in 7 cities: Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Maseru, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.
So Chef! brings a piece of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Reunion Island to local foodies
This year, So Chef! renews its partnership with the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region and Reunion Island, helping us promoting French gastronomy in all its finesse to Southern Africa:
The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region is one of the 13 metropolitan French Provinces. As part of its international policy, it has developed a long-term and cross-sector partnership with the Western Cape Province, mainly in the fields of agriculture, professional training, youth development, culture and economic development. Since 2014, in the field of catering training, it supports the development of trainer and student exchanges between the catering school of Lycée Le Castel (Dijon) and partners from TVET colleges in the Western Cape and the JHB Culinary and Pastry School. The Lycée Le Castel participated to the 2016 edition of “So Chef!”.  In 2017, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region decided to partner with a new catering school, the Lycée Hyacinthe Friant (Poligny), in the frame of the 2017 edition of “So Chef!”.                                           
Located in the Mascarene Archipelago, Reunion Island – a French overseas department – offers travelers the exoticism of a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. At the crossroads of European, African and Asian cultures, Reunion is a true melting pot.
So Chef! partnering with the Department of Basic Education National Nutrition Week
In celebrating National Nutrition week the Department of Basic Education is teaming up with the French Institute of South Africa to give SA learners a taste of French cuisine. This exciting gastronomy adventure forms part of a partnership agreement with the French Embassy in South Africa for collaboration and cooperation in promoting nutrition education in schools.
The theme for this year’s National Nutrition Week (NNW) under the 2017 theme “Rethink your drink, choose water”. It is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and to demonstrate culinary skills during workshops for learners as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Embassy of France.
This will enhance the already existing efforts of the DBE through the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) which aims to enhance the learning capacity of learners through the provision of a healthy meal at schools. Where it is implemented, the programme has shown to improve punctuality, regular school attendance, concentration and the general wellbeing of participating learners. Whilst learners are being provided with nutritious meals, they are also taught to establish and maintain good eating and lifestyle habits for life. Nutrition Education also provides educators with resource materials to support curriculum and to make every school a healthy school.
Discover the So Chef! programme
So Chef! offers a varied programme and worthwhile experiences for foodies and people of all ages, with workshops organised in schools, cooking schools and universities; eat-along and drink-along events; workshops for self-learners in the Alliances Française network and cooking schools, 4-handed gastronomic dinners (2 Chefs, 1 menu) in partnering restaurants, a French market at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg and many more!
Here are the dates in each city and each chef:
Chef Jean-Alexandre Galmar (Reunion Island Region)
Maseru | 12-18 October
Port Elizabeth | 16-21 October
Chef Pierre-Franck Salamon
Durban | 10-14 October
Pretoria | 16-20 October

Chef Florian Py (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region)
Cape Town | 16-20 October
Chef Wandile Mabaso (South Africa)
Johannesburg | 09-14 October
East London | 20-21 October
The full program will be revealed the first week of October, stay tuned!

So Chef! is brought to you by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), the Alliance Française network in Southern Africa, Atout France, the Reunion Island Tourism Board, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Province, the Lycée Hyacinthe Friant
and in partnership with the Department of Basic Education of South Africa.



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