Commuters get a serving as French chefs hit Paris metro
You might expect to find coffee for sale in an underground metro station, and surely a vending machine or two, but risotto with calamari in parsley sauce? But that's exactly the kind of gourmet delicacy on offer to Paris commuters as some of France's best chefs descend the depths of the metro.
The familiar “watch your step” announcements are being accompanied by cooking instructions, such as be sure to let your rice absorb water slowly, otherwise it will become fit for dogs.
The exhibition, titled "The great chefs return (again) to the metro”, aims to show that haute cuisine is not only for the rich, said food critic Marc de Champérard, who has helped organise the events in cooperation with metro operator RATP.
"We have tried to bring a spark of life back to the Metro and also to give a nice surprise to the travellers," said Sarah Arnett, Brand Manager for RATP.
The demonstrations are taking place at the Miromesnil station (lines 9 and 13) and will last until Thursday night.
Wednesday’s lessons are slated for 12:30pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm, and Thursday’s classes will be at 12:30pm and 6:00pm.
During the event, Michelin-starred chefs will reveal the secrets of their craft, with television screens employed to accommodate the large crowds.
The pains of commuting should be eased by the tantalising aromas of French cuisine, which was recently added to the Unesco world heritage list.
Fortunately, tastings are offered but, like getting a rush-hour seat, you may have to use your elbows.
Just keep them off the table.