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90826 13 Oct 2021

EXPO 2020 Dubai: Accor Showcases Exclusive Menus at France Pavilion

The group is the premium sponsor of the France Pavilion

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group with over 400 hotels across India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, partnered with COFREX to be a Premium Sponsor for the France Pavilion at Expo 2020.

At the helm of the France Pavilion's culinary experience, two Executive chefs, Chef Martin Becquart and Chef Erwan Stadler, will be leading the iconic Sofitel Dubai Downtown Foodand Beverage team, the main caterer for the France Pavilion.

Chef Martin brings a wide range of experience working in kitchens around the world from having worked in Europe, South America, all the way to south-east Asia and finally Middle East, travelling and cooking have become Becquart's biggest fascinations. His international exposure has enabled him to admire a variety of cultures and he is proud to say that "Learning new cultures and discovering new things about local people and food are the parts of my job that I love most".

Similarly, Chef Erwan's international experience allows him to say that "There is no better joy in my opinion than to see a guest smiling when tasting the first spoon of his plate, those moments make all the hard work and long hours that we are behind our cooking stove in our industry worth it".

Alongside the menus created by Chef Martin and Chef Erwan, Accor will also be introducing six guest chefs from across its hotels in France, to offer visitors of the Pavilion the chance to discover and enjoy French gastronomy and hospitality at its finest. Every month throughout EXPO2020, a region of France will be represented by one of the six guest chefs, as they are supervised by Chef Martin and Chef Erwan to feature authentic and exclusive menus from diverse regions, including Bourgogne, French Riviera and Corsica, South West, Brittany and Normandy, Parisand Ile-de-France and Alsace.

Starting in October, Chef Julien Mercier, currently at the head of Pullman Tour Eiffel, will introduce a Burgundy Menu including appetizers such as a traditional "Salade Lyonnaise" or Pate en croute, with main courses varying from "Boeuf Bourguignon" style, a beef stew braised in red wine, carrots and pearl onions but also Rabbit legs curt into pieces cooked with white wine to choose from, and deserts with Blueberry Tart or Blackcurrant sorbet.

Chef Stephan Remon, Executive Chef for Sofitel Golfe d'Ajaccio Seaand Spa, well known for his speciality dish, "Corsican Fish Bouillabaisse", will be part of EXPO2020 in November.

As a well-travelled chef, he has worked in Canada, Hungary and Austria with the Sofitel brand. During his visit at EXPO2020, he will introduce typical dishes from the French Riviera and Corsica, including a "Noicoise salad" as a starter, a "slow cook lamb shank" or the famous "Bouillabaisse" with a "tarte Tropezienne" as a desert to name few.

In December, discover delicious dishes from emblematic Chef Dominique Frerard from Sofitel Les Trois Forts in Marseille. With over 25 years of experience, he has been combining recipes from the pure Provencal tradition with new elements and new types of cuisine, in order to obtain gastronomic and refined dishes. Chef Frrard will be representing the South West region of France with a menu which includes warm oysters for starters and for traditional mains such as a Poulet Basquaise, a slowly pot roasted chicken in a "piperade", or a Merlu "Bordelaise style". Guests can finish with a sweet by trying a baked French dessert with prunes or a crme brulee " Catalane".

Chef Patrick Barbin is Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea Spas Head chef since 2004 and will be representing the Britany and Normandy region in January 2022. Alongside his team, he incorporates local and iodic flavours to his cuisine, largely based on fish and seafood. He particularly enjoys preparing pollack, with oysters and sea asparagus. His signature dish is full of Breton flavours: Sea bass with shellfish broth and Armoric saffron, sea lettuce with Carnac cider. At EXPO2020, guests will have the chance to taste a delicious menu featuring pan-seared sea scallops followed by a traditional buckwheat crepe or veal medallions before finishing with sweet crepe or "Tarte Normande"

Visitors will furthermore have the opportunity to discover the authentic and original cuisine of Paris Ile-de-France region represented by German Chef Martin Simolka, whom will be visiting EXPO2020 during February 2022. Both simple and elegant, his cuisine is plant-based and organic with a modern twist. With a Parisian Menu, guests will have the chance to taste the "Parisian Bistrot" Platter as an appetizer, followed by a "Veal Stew" or "Shepherd's pie", while finishing with a delicious Vanilla Mille-Feuille or "Opera" for a sweet touch.

Last but not least, guests of the pavilion will also have the chance to taste the delicious food of Chef Matthieu Klein, from Sofitel Strasbourg, whom describes his cuisine as "simple, but not simplistic" as he works with local but specific products. Arriving in March 2022, Chef Matthieu will showcase a diverse menu from the Alsace region in France, with a pastry tart crust made with custard cream and sauteed onions for appetizers or the famous "Choucroute de la mer", while tasting a plate of traditional cheese or enjoy a desert with a White Cheesecake or Creamy custard cream with apples.

"We are very proud to be part of EXPO 2020 as a platinum sponsor of the France Pavilion", says Mark Willis, CEO of Accor India, Middle East, Africa Turkey. "As a leading French hospitality group, this is a great opportunity for us to display our authentic and exclusive hospitality style, while introducing renowned French Chefs and Limitless experiences throughout key events."

To end on a sweet note, the France Pavilion will also be showcasing an exclusive dessert "Le Gustave" conceptualised by Chef Jessica Pralpato, Ambassador of the France Pavilion and celebrated as the Worlds Best Pastry Chef in 2019. Inspired by her concept of natural desserts - desseralite "Le Gustave" is a fusion of French and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown will be managing the Le Brillat-Savarin restaurant at the France Pavilion; serving quintessential dishes from across France. Table bookings can be made by calling +971 50 918 4281 or emailing


About Accor

Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industrys most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accors unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality one of the fastest growing categories in the industry is led by Ennismore, a creative hospitality company with a global portfolio of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and approximately 260,000 team members worldwide. 68 million members benefit from the companys comprehensive loyalty program ALL - Accor Live Limitless a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information visit, or follow Accor on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.