It’s official. French gastronomy was today declared part of the world’s heritage.
A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee meeting in Nairobi picked French food and Mexico’s traditional cuisine among submissions from 29 countries for the “intangible” heritage list.
“The choice of good products, mainly rural, the assembling of dishes and wines, the decoration of the table and the gestures of smelling and tasting what has been served on the table” is what contributed to the decision on the French entry, according to e-mail from the Unesco Paris press office.
The move marks the first time a cuisine has made the list. The submissions have come from all over the world, with decisions still being made on many of them.