Village de Chefs brings global flavors to the Suncoast

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An international gastronomic extravaganza, the annual “Village de Chefs” united chefs from across the globe on October 8 and 9 of 2013 at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota. Spearheaded by Chef Jose Martinez of Longboat Key’s Maison Blanche Restaurant, the event brought together 25 of the world’s top French chefs from Australia, Bali, Belgium, Vietnam and beyond.

They introduced Suncoast locals to French cuisine and wine, and taught techniques to culinary students and professionals. Close to a hundred students were able to work with the twenty "Villagers", a name the chefs call themselves, on Tuesday. Among them were students from Manatee Tech , Southeast High School and the University of South Florida. Hundreds of guests sampled food and wines served by the chefs and students working together. This also happens to be the first time the gathering was hosted outside of Paris, France. What a coup!

If you didn't make it to the gathering you can watch the accompanying video of Tracy Freeman of Edible Sarasota and ABC 7's own Chef Judi Gallagher guiding you through the event with interviews and commentary from those in attendance.

Still not enough? Not to worry, you can enjoy great French cuisine at Chef Martinez's Maison Blanche Restaurant: 2605 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, (941) 383-8088;