Guillaume Gomez honoured with the Gaspart Bonet Foundation award
During the 83rd HOTREC General Assembly in Lyon, Mr Guillaume Gomez received the Gaspart Bonet Foundation award for his outstanding services promoting French gastronomy in France and internationally.
Mr Gomez entered the kitchen of the Élysée Palace during his military service, and he stayed as the First Chef of the Republic for 25 years. When he was just 25 years old, he received the title of ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’, as the youngest Chef. He’s a passionate advocate of French gastronomy and fights to defend the values that are essential to him – such as work, and sharing. He participates in the influence of an entire economy, both nationally and internationally, and promotes producers and products that are the jewel of French gastronomy.
His titles include Knight of the National Order of Merit; Officer of the Order of Agricultural Merit; Officer of the Order of the
Arts and the Letters; and Knight of the Order of Academic Palms.
In February 2021, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, asked Guillaume Gomez to become his representative with all stakeholders of French gastronomy to promote the French culinary arts.
“I have tried, in my place, to serve my profession, my counterparts and all those who are serving our country by promoting its culture, know-how and culinary heritage. Nowadays, we need to think about the impact that our plate has on us, on our health, on others, on the environment, we need to move towards this type of catering, food more in line with common sense and our values.”, stated Mr Guillaume Gomez.
“It is a pleasure for us to present this award to Mr Guillaume Gomez. His contribution to the French gastronomy and his many years of service are sure to leave an important mark in the European hospitality industry in the years to come,” commented Mr Jens Zimmer Christensen, President of HOTREC.
About the Gaspart Bonet Foundation award
The Gaspart Bonet Foundation award is delivered twice a year to a personality who has remarkably contributed to the European hospitality industry. Mr Miquel Planas, famous artist and chairman of the Sculpture Department of Fine Arts of the Fine Arts Faculty of Barcelona, designed the award.
What is HOTREC?
HOTREC is the umbrella association of Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Cafés and similar establishments in Europe, which brings together 46 National associations in 35 countries, and is the voice of European hospitality. HOTREC mission is to represent and champion its interests towards the EU and international institutions, foster knowledge sharing and best practices among its members to promote innovation and act as a platform of expertise for the hospitality sector.