Chinese Cuisine Reaches Across the Ocean
-- Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers in France Offers a Chinese Cuisine Class

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers [Time]    2012-02-01 09:42:31 

According to an old saying, food is the primary need of the people. French people love and appreciate gourmet food. As one of the world’s three gourmet foods, Chinese food enjoys a great reputation in France. The Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers in France recently held its Chinese Culinary Class. The fine arts of Chinese cuisine were presented in a class by the Confucius Institute; it enabled students to experience Chinese culinary practices first hand.

After launching Culinary Week at the Confucius Institute at IUT2-Grennoble-Pierre Mendès France University, the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers took the opportunity to strike whilst the iron was hot by inviting master chef Chen Caisheng and taking the chance to introduce Chinese culinary culture to greater numbers of foreign friends.

A total of almost 200 attended the three-day Chinese Dishes Class, among them were students attending the Kids’ Class, Adult Class, Senior Class and the International Undergraduates’ Class as well as many of their relatives and friends drawn excitedly by the prospect of learning to cook Chinese dishes. The Confucius Institute specially prepared ingredients that are readily available in the area so as to enable students to implement the skills learnt. Chef Chen demonstrated his exquisite carving skills. All of his frying, cooking and stir-frying skills etc. were presented by means of the production of a number of dishes including ‘Egg Foo Yung with White Sauce’ and ‘Fried Stuffed Eggplant’ etc. During the cooking process, Chef Chen’s communication with students was aided by his humorous gestures and facial expressions. All of the students were enthused by the Chinese cook’s humor and refined skills. Some of them jotted down the main points of cooking whilst others took out their cameras to take photos with the hope of returning with photos for their friends to feast their eyes upon. The liveliest scenes were those in which students enjoyed the delicious dishes each evening. The pleasure of enjoying the taste of gourmet food was evident on the faces of all those present.

The three-day activity ended satisfactorily, but it was just the very beginning of each student’s Chinese studies. This kind of activity is aimed at not only providing a grand cultural banquet but also stimulating enthusiasm for Chinese language learning.

Students from the Confucius Institute learning to cook Chinese dishes in the kitchen

Chef Chen explaining the essentials of Chinese dishes

Students having their photo taken with food cuts