PARIS — French cooking, famed worldwide for its excellence, may not be so French after all.
A government report has found that the country's cooking is mostly prepared by foreign chefs.
It is also mostly cooked in foreign-made ovens and eaten from foreign plates.
Food writer Jean Ferniot, commissioned by the Culture and Agriculture ministries to report on France's food and wine industry, said the country's lucrative gastronomy industry was dominated by other countries.
His report will be published next week. He said French companies were not fully aware of the potential of the food industry even though exports last year were a record 29.8 billion francs ($3 billion).
Talented Chefs Exported
Countries such as the United States, Switzerland and West Germany did not hesitate to export their most talented chefs and hotel managers, who equipped their kitchens and hotels with their own national products, the report said.