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Are French Waiters Rude?

Rude, or just French? A waiter in a Vancouver restaurant claims he was fired for having a “more direct and expressive” culture than his North-American coworkers. "The much-maligned and often misunderstood French waiter is an inscrutable breed unto himself,” wrote journalist Cristina Nehring in the Wall Street Journal in 2015. And it appears this view still rings true today. Guillaume...

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The Michelin Guide Has Left Women Out

Female chefs are underrepresented in the Michelin guide, writes the New York Times. This year, the famous red guide awarded new stars to 57 French restaurants, only two of which have female chefs. The newspaper observes that the Michelin guide has "collided with the #MeToo moment." The are only 16 female chefs among the 621 Michelin-starred restaurants in France, and...

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Le Cirque Through the Eyes of Eight French Chefs

Le Cirque will be closing at the end of the year. This restaurant has been a shrine to French gastronomy in New York since 1974, and helped kickstart the careers of two generations of French chefs living in the United States. Eight of them shared their memories and experiences of Le Cirque with France-Amérique. Alain Sailhac, dean emeritus of the...

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Le Cirque: The Rise and Fall of a French Restaurant

Due to close on December 31, Le Cirque was once considered New York’s best French restaurant. The famed institution was held up as an ideal for fine-dining in the U.S. and acted as a starting point for many French chefs that still influence the culinary scene today. At Le Cirque, the show was in the dining room as much as...

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Alice Waters: “I was Educated in French Restaurants”

Alice Waters has always wanted to live like the French. Inspired by a year in Paris, the American chef brought seasonal French cuisine to Berkeley, California, where she opened the country’s first farm-to-table restaurant in 1971. Almost fifty years later, Chez Panisse remains at the forefront of “the delicious revolution” and the sprightly 73-year old is touring the United States...

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From the French Countryside to the Texas Table

Hedda Gioia Dowd roams the French countryside looking for antiques with a story to decorate her Texas restaurants. From silver cutlery to antique linens to old kitchen utensils, she has made a business of upcycling French history. Dowd is more than a mere Francophile. Her annual trips to France are more than just vacations. Every fall, she rents an old...

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La Ripaille Keeps the French Bistro Alive in New York

While its candlelit tables and jazzy French music may seem similar to the many other French bistros in New York, La Ripaille is unique in its longstanding history of 37 years. The interior, largely unaltered since its opening in 1980, stands proudly as a grandfather example for the many new French bistros that have opened recently during the re-emergence of...

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Bringing Couscous from Algeria to Brooklyn via Paris

When studying journalism at Columbia University, Aaron Lee never imagined he would become, in his wife’s words, “a Southwest Georgia boy who’s now the king of couscous in New York.” However, just a few years later, he owns and operates Bar Omar in Williamsburg, a dimly-lit restaurant in Brooklyn with a menu famous for its French-Algerian couscous and tagines. The...

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Where to Eat French Cuisine During New York’s Restaurant Week?

From July 3rd to 16th, 42 restaurants in the New York metropolitan area will take part in French Restaurant Week, offering a special prix-fixe menu for dinner and lunch to showcase the city’s diverse range of French cuisine. As a nod to the French revolutionary year and Bastille Day on July 14th, restaurants will offer menu options for the prices...

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Dinner in New York, Dessert in Paris

Air France is set to open a pop-up restaurant in New York to showcase some of the French cuisine it serves in-flight. As a final course, diners have a chance to win a flight departing immediately after the meal that will land winners in Paris for dessert. Eat dinner in New York and dessert in Paris. This dream could come...

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Thierry Rautureau: Out of the Kitchen and onto our Small Screens

Thierry Rautureau is perhaps best known to Americans by his nickname, “the Chef in the Hat”. Having been a Seattleite for 30 years, the chef from the Vendée region hosts a weekly radio show and regularly appears on cooking programs on The Food Network, PBS and Bravo. His small screen appearances act as a second storefront for his café, Luc, which will be...

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Jacky Robert’s Gastronomical Family Heritage

Normandy-born chef Jacky Robert is continuing his family traditions in Boston. Starting out alongside his late uncle Lucien Robert, he helped make the restaurant Maison Robert into a showcase for French gastronomy, popular with Julia Child and the Kennedy family. Since 2005, the French chef has delighted the Boston smart-set with his own restaurant, Ma Maison, which will be taking...

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Bouche, a Slice of Provence in New Mexico

From appetizers to desserts, the bistro Bouche blends French and American influences. Heading up this Santa Fe restaurant, American chef Charles Dale offers a menu showcasing the American southwest while paying homage to his childhood on the French Riviera and his years spent in New York alongside French chef Daniel Boulud. Bouche is also one of the 50 restaurants taking...

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Le Coq Rico Puts Poultry on a Pedestal!

Alsace-born chef Antoine Westermann opened his bistro Le Coq Rico in Manhattan last march. The upscale eatery specializes in poultry, and is taking part in the New York Restaurant Week for the very first time this year. Taking a seat after the frenzied lunch service, the French chef talked to us about his passion for chicken (“a generous, versatile animal...

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David Lebovitz, an American (Chef) in Paris

Living in Paris since 2004, David Lebovitz, the former pastry chef at Chez Panisse (the Berkeley restaurant known for pioneering the farm-to-table movement in the United States), is now an acclaimed food writer, food blogger, and artisan French baguette enthusiast. His seventh book will be published next Fall. France-Amérique: You have worked in a kitchen for more than thirty years. How did you...