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Ireland's First 'World French Restaurant' Awarded To Chez Max

By Dave Simpson
Ireland's First 'World French Restaurant' Awarded To Chez Max

Chez Max, Dublin's answer to a traditional French bistrot, and Chez Max Café became Ireland's first restaurant to be awarded the "World's French Restaurant" label. The label will be awarded on Tuesday 28th February 2023, to owner Max de Laloubie at the French Ambassador to Ireland's Residence, in the presence of the AFMR and representatives of the French Embassy, in recognition of the Dublin establishments best known for serving homemade French dishes with a Parisian flair.

The "World's French Restaurant" is a new accolade inaugurated in 2021 for French-speaking and Francophile restaurants that promotes French gastronomy, created by the AFMR (Association Française des Maîtres Restaurateurs). The aim is to promote sustainable catering, home-made, and fresh products. Chez Max is the 5th restaurant outside of France to receive the award.

"It's a really honour to receive this label in recognition of our contribution to promote French gastronomy, and I'm proud to continue to share delicious, homemade French dishes with the people of Dublin," said Max de Laloubie.

An Apt Occasion To Celebrate

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The award ceremony will cap off the 2023 edition of French Food Days, a one-day trade event dedicated to bringing the taste of France to Ireland, which will see 15 producers come to Dublin who are hoping to increase their presence in Ireland.

"We created the World French Restaurant label to share and promote the excellence and diversity of French cuisine throughout the world," said AFMR President Alain Fontaine. "We're thrilled to be able to give this accolade to Chez Max, and have a 'World French Restaurant' in Ireland, a country that is internationally known for appreciating high-quality food. And what better occasion than French Food Days to do so!"

What Is A "World's French Restaurant"?

A restaurant awarded the "WFR", or "World's French Restaurant" label is one that has passed an rigorous independent audit, proving that it fulfils certain criteria:

– Cooking on-site

– The use of fresh products

– A menu including French dishes

– A French-language version of the menu

– A "French touch" to the décor

– Compliance with local food waste legislation

The "WFR" label is open to any restaurant, from the smallest, cosiest all-day diner to the most prestigious fine-dining restaurant. Restaurants with the "WFR" label enjoy being part of an international community with access to a network of like-minded professionals, exciting training opportunities, events and more. "WFR" restaurants also enjoy the world-renowned reputation of French gastronomy.

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