The French chef Eric Trochon, awarded MOF 2011, and teacher at the prestigious Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts, visited Cyprus on business from the 4th until the 7th of April.
The French chef Eric Trochon, who also owns two restaurants in Paris and a restaurant in Seoul, was received at the residence of the Ambassador of France along with the heads of training of the Higher Hotel Institute of Cyprus and their students. He then led a master class with these students, who were able to benefit from the expertise of a recognized chef and teacher in one of the most prestigious schools of gastronomy in the world. Eric Trochon visited a Cypriot market in Nicosia where he was able to appreciate the high quality of the fresh products that are essential for his recipes.
The next day, with the same students, he cooked the closing dinner of the Symposium organized in the framework of a partnership between the French Institute of Cyprus, the Higher Hotel Institute of Cyprus and the University of Cyprus. This unique conference focused on the role of French expertise in the promotion of Cypriot culture and the development of tourism in Cyprus. A distinguished guest, Dr. Jacqueline Karagioghis-Girard, presented concrete ways to promote the Cypriot archaeological and historical heritage within the framework of the development of tourism in Cyprus. The symposium also brought together eminent and diverse speakers, such as Mr. Aggelos Loizou, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Tourism Organization, Dr. Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou, Director of the Department of Antiquities, Mr. Giorgos Michaelides, President of the Association for Cultural/ Special Interests Tourism, and Professor Yiannis Ioannou, President of the Department of French Studies at the University of Cyprus. Among the guests were the Vice-Rector of the University of Cyprus, Mr Athanasios Gagatsis and people involved in Cypriot tourism, whether from the private or public sector.
The visit of the French chef Eric Trochon was made possible through the active support of the Ferrandi School, thanks to a partnership signed in 2015 between the French Institute of Cyprus and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris-Ile de France. Through this partnership, the French Institute is also an accredited center for granting diplomas of professional French.
The cooperation initiated in 2015 between the French Institute of Cyprus and the Higher Hotel Institute of Cyprus has given the opportunity this year to bring a French culinary arts professional to support the training of the Higher Hotel Institute. The first operation took place in 2015 on the occasion of the event Goût de France, and in 2016, it was a French oenologist who gave a master-class.
This French-Cypriot cooperation is part of the Erasmus + program.
The strengthening of our co-operation in this field represents a further realization of the letter of intent in favor of teaching French in Cyprus, signed in October 2016 by Mr Costas Kadis, Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, and Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, on the occasion of his visit to Cyprus. It is part of the general orientation of France’s diplomatic influence, which has made the promotion of French expertise, particularly in the field of gastronomy and the development of its land, a priority of action of the country’s network abroad. More broadly, the aim is to increase the attractiveness of France and its tourism activities, which represent a major sector of the French economy.