Tolerance on the plate.
Discrimination of mixed cuisine and elsewhere, hegemony of the potato … Let’s reject communitarianism at our table: let’s opt for dishes that marry cultures!
Let us imagine a world where the France’s white cooking and that of black France would be on an equal footing, enjoying the same recognition. Let’s imagine a near future where the first French crossover restaurant would offer something other than steak and french fries or a pot-au-feu.
Let us imagine an unifying, subtle cuisine that gives pride of place to all the cultures that make up France. Let’s imagine a menu that mixes metropolitan, Afro-Caribbean, Arab, vegetarian, carnivorous, vegan, Asian, etc. dishes.
And what if tolerance also came through the plate?
Let’s immerse ourselves in this parallel universe and push the door of a French restaurant as it should be:
What would please you, sir, lady?
I’ll have the vegetarian burger with the plantain banana fries.
You’re in for a treat! It’s a three-lentil steak seasoned with our homemade blend of West Indian spices. It’s rich in iron and very digestible. How about you, sir?
I need vitamins and minerals. I’ll have the carnivorous local meat burger with sweet potato gnocchi and mashed pumpkin.
Very good choice too. In the meantime, I suggest you try our Raspberry Mango Cocktail with these parsnip chips, a real sweet and savoury delight.
In this world too, fast food would no longer consist of filling the stomach with neutral tastes and soft textures, but would instead be tasty, healthy, eco-sustainable, local, multicultural, with a soul. In short, it would reflect the culinary richness of today’s France. Like the Sawa Toqué proposed by Framboise-Mangue.
What is French cuisine really all about?
It would be unreasonable to define French cuisine today according to the famous treatise by Auguste Escoffier, the Diderot of French gastronomy. That would be to deny several facts: France shares its borders with 35 countries, a record! Yes, we must not forget that France is also Martinique, Wallis & Futuna, the Southern Lands, Reunion Island, New Caledonia, Tahiti… In addition, the metropolis is profoundly multicultural with nearly 9% of its inhabitants being immigrants from as many different backgrounds as there are countries in the world. Among the direct descendants of immigrants (who represent 11% of the French population in 2011), nearly 45% are of African origin, 15% Algerian, 11% Italian, 9% Asian and many others!(1)
Let’s not forget that “(…) culture is always an elsewhere that we carry within us as a part of ourselves. It is a mille-feuille, and not a simple card (…)” (2)
Good news! This cuisine that reconciles people and flavours, the pleasure of being together and that of good food, balance and greed already exists. This cuisine that mixes white and black to make a palette of colours, that’s the art of Raspberry-Mango. More than a passion, it’s a stand for the recognition of French cuisine in all its diversity. A message committed to multiculturalism that Moses expresses in his own way, through his culinary art.
Enjoying, sharing, tasting a tasty dish that is a blend of different cultures in our own image, that’s also what living together is all about!
(1) According to the INSEE study “Geographical origin of the descendants of immigrants 2019″.
(2)Multiculturalism in France: false debate and real questions – Benjamin Pelletier, 14 February 2011”.
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