Developing school children's taste
From 1st to 5th December, pupils of Monaco's primary schools are being introduced to the delights of taste during a Semaine du Gout (week of taste).
Organized by the Direction de l'Education Nationale, de la Jeunesse et des Sports, in collaboration with Monaco Gouts et Saveurs association, the event aims to give children the opportunity to discover flavours, and to teach them how natural produce is turned into a finished dish.
This morning, representative pupils the CM2 classes (age 10) joined a special breakfast meeting at the Hermitage Hotel with school directors, chefs, event partners and Monegasque personalities.
Tomorrow, and each morning over the next week, pupils are visiting Condamine Market Hall, where they'll be welcomed by chefs from Monaco Gouts et Saveurs, whilst finding out about the 120th anniversary of Monaco Markets, and the activities of the Comite des Tradtiions Monegasques, which is currently celebrating 90 years promoting the Principality's culture.
On Thursday, students of the CM1 classes (age 9) are attending the Lycee Technique et Hotelier de Monaco, for tasting workshops on the theme of soup.
With their newly acquired knowledge, the school children are writing their own illustrated projects, which will be collected together and published by Monaco Gouts et Saveurs.
For kids who develop the cooking bug, there's an opportunity to enter a recipe competition. Participants are encouraged to revisit a traditional Monegasque dish, create a dossier with a video of them preparing the food and photographs of the finished product. A jury of chefs, presided over by Joel Garault of the Vistamar, will choose the best recipe, which will be prepared and served at a gala dinner planned for March 2015.