On the 4th of December, the European Food Heritage Foundation and Relais & Châteaux gave the 2017 François Rabelais award to Carlo Petrini, President and Founder of the international Slow Food movement.

Carlo Petrini is known for his Slow Food foundation, created in 1989, which promotes the non-disappearance of local gastronomic traditions, the fight against the fast pace imposed by today’s society and the promotion of awareness of the importance of nutrition, as well as responsible consumption of food products.

According to the president of Relais & Châteaux, Phillippe Gombert, “Carlo Petini is an essential figure of the idea of “eating well”, he’s a key player in the fight against food industrialisation and it’s an honour for us to award him the Rabelais award”. Likewise, Carlo Petrini said “it’s an honour to receive this award. We all have the opportunity, at this crucial moment in time for the future of the planet, to take specific action to defend food and agriculture biodiversity and fight global warming. Chefs can play an important role in this respect. In the past, they were representatives of their territory. Now is the time to act and play a leading role in raising awareness and making a commitment to citizens to change habits and support production that is really sustainable”.

What is the François Rabelais award?

The François Rabelais award was created in 2012, under the European History Institute of Food Culture (IEHCA) and in association with the French Institute, for the purpose of recognising “a person for their work or service in the promotion of food cultural heritage in France and throughout the world“.

Other editions were won by other well-known figures like Massimo Montanari in 2012, Michel Guérard in 2013, Prince Charles in 2014, Aubert de Villaine in 2015 and Fatéma Hal in 2016.

La Fondation européenne pour le patrimoine alimentaire et Relais & Châteaux ont remis, le 4 décembre dernier, le prix François Rabelais 2017 à Carlo Petrini, président et fondateur du mouvement international Slow Food.


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