He officiated 25 years behind the stove of the Elysée: the emblematic chef of the presidents of the Republic Guillaume Gomez announced Wednesday his departure to take on a new role of “personal representative” of Emmanuel Macron to promote “French gastronomy”.
In a message on his Twitter account, the media chief explains that he has decided to move away from the kitchen to “continue to serve (his) country differently” after “careful consideration”.
Aged 42, Guillaume Gomez entered the Elysee Palace in 1997 and has since served “more than two million meals for four presidents and the 800 agents” of the presidency, he recalls in his message.
He was chef at the Elysée Palace since 2013, after having been an assistant.
“Thank you, Chief!”, Reacted the president, saluting the 25 years spent by Guillaume Gomez “in the service of the Presidency of the Republic”. “A page is turning” but, “in all confidence, I have decided to entrust you with a very important mission in this year 2021 of French gastronomy. You will represent me to the actors and networks of gastronomy and the food, to promote the culinary arts of France “, announced Emmanuel Macron.
2021, “year of French gastronomy”
This pie specialist has served Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande and Emmanuel Macron. “25 years of bringing French excellence, its traditions, its art of living to the highest levels, with passion”, he testifies. From the beginning of March, he will occupy the functions of “personal representative of the President of the Republic to the actors and networks of gastronomy and food, in order to promote the culinary arts of France”.
This new function, specified in an engagement letter, was decided “in agreement and in confidence” with Emmanuel Macron as part of the decision to make 2021 “the year of French gastronomy” and a series of expected events such as the Paris Food Forum, the Rugby World Cup in 2023 or the Olympic Games in 2024. It will depend on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“My role is to promote the French terroir”, Guillaume Gomez explained in an interview with AFP in 2018. “We need to re-educate some of the children to eat better (…) Cooking is not what it is. is not a story of elitism, nor of prices. We make very good dishes with leeks and tomatoes when it’s in season “, explained this chef of Spanish origin, the youngest holder in the history of the very prestigious title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2004.
The rugby player, charismatic and talkative, will be able to rely on his strong media exposure since he is very present on social networks, in the charitable sector, and has published several books, including the last, “At the table of presidents “, reveals some recipes from” the first House of France “.
Guillaume Gomez will be replaced by his two assistants pending the appointment of a new chef at the Elysee Palace, according to the presidency.
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