A trio of French champions celebrate Le Tour

A gourmet chef, a Tour de France stage winner and a tourism chief

With five million viewers on SBS, the Tour de France will depart from the City of Nice in 2020, so it was the occasion for Atout France and Nice Tourism to organise a dinner at Sofitel Darling Harbour this week, in partnership with British Airways, Dior, GH Mumm, Christian Louboutin and Nespresso. Guests were welcomed by Denis Zanon, Director of the city of Nice Tourism.

“I am staggered by the humongous impact of Le Tour in Australia, hich reflects the interest of Aussies for sports and travelling to France,” SBS’s Michael Tomalaris said on behalf of Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France.

Patrick Benhamou, Atout France Regional Manager, Australia

In 2018, Australians spent 55,000 bed-nights in the city of Nice.

The gastronomic menu was elaborated by the Michelin star chef of the mythical Negresco hotel, Virginie Basselot, elected Best Chef of France.

The room was filled with the rhythm of a lively jazz band, who played some Sidney Bechet, in honour of this artist who has performed at Nice Jazz Festival, and to wrap up this dinner with agility and style, bicycle wheels and saddles were juggled by a dynamic dance crew in a splendid choreography.

Lead image: Gabriel Gaté, culinary extraordinaire; Patrick Benhammou, Atout France and Stuart O’Grady, stage winner and yellow jersey wearer of le Tour de France.

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