EYEAFRICA TV: Dakar, Senegal: Chefs from 11 countries in West Africa showcased their skills to present the know-how in African gastronomy and culinary art at the Forum International Africa Gastronomique, which concluded on Sunday in Dakar, Senegal.
This was the first edition of the Gourmet Africa competition, which seeks to bring together chefs with over 20 years of experience from African countries.
The four-day forum also had a taste-test session where the chefs cooked typical African dishes, while upholding international standards.
“The situation of African gastronomy today requires a real diagnosis. African gastronomy is at the level where it must be put back to the international standard. We must bring vision of global gastronomy. We want African gastronomy to be at the side of the great international gastronomy,” said Joseph Lamcma, initiator of Africa Gastronomique.
Professionals invited to the event called on Africans to consume more locally grown and less industrialized foods.
“I am very pleased to have been invited because it is great that we are linking the ancestral recipes of Africa with dietetics. I think Africa, while I’m familiar with Senegal the most, is very rich in foods with its special local features,” said Vivien Gladys, a dietitian.
The winner received 1,600 U.S. dollars, the second 1,100 U.S. dollars, and the third place over 500 U.S. dollars.
“We are very proud to win this competition. We worked with African products to showcase these products. The jury had asked us for creativity and we did it,” said Mohamed Drame, winner of the competition, adding that he and his colleagues have a dream to become great cooks who can represent Africa.
The organizers aim to open a pan-African school to train future leaders of gastronomy to spread the tastes of Africa worldwide.