The Principality's schoolchildren initiated into the art of gastronomy

Publication date: 18/01/2023
The Principality is home to dozens of superb gourmet restaurants. But in Monaco fine food is not just for adults, and Flavours and Savours Week gives youngsters an introduction to the art of gastronomy. We take a closer look at this initiative, which is supported by numerous organisations and local personalities.

The story began in 1998 with the creation of the association Monaco Goût et Saveurs, one of whose aims is to introduce children to the art of gastronomy and develop the tastebuds of youngsters. Every year, the "Semaine du Goût et des Saveurs de Monaco" (Monaco Flavours and Savours Week) puts a chosen culinary theme in the spotlight.  The stars of this edition were the avocado and the shrimp, taking over the mantle from mango and chard in 2020, after the event was paused during the Covid period.

The Week traditionally kicks off with breakfast in the prestigious Salle Belle Epoque at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, attended by around a hundred guests. Around the beautifully laid tables, some of the Principality's best chefs sit alongside dozens of school pupils from the Principality, and the guest of honour is none other than H.S.H. Prince Albert II.

Then it's the turn of the year 3 and 4 pupils to welcome a renowned chef to their classroom, for various cookery workshops using the "flavour booklet", an educational resource produced by the teams at Monaco's Department of Education. A special and convivial moment and a perfect opportunity for the experts to share their skills and encourage the children of the Principality to explore the world of flavours and foods, it puts a smile on everyone's face, both the experienced professionals and the budding culinary maestros!

Photo credits: Direction de la Communication - Michael Alesi