France is famous around the world for its cuisine, but at least one minister did not think the country was putting its best foot forward at a state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping this week, and she was caught on tape saying so.
According to The Local, the menu at President Francois Hollande's Elysee Palace was designed to showcase the best French cuisine has to offer, with luxury dishes including foie gras truffle, roast poultry from southwestern France and Viennese mushrooms, a chocolate and caramel dessert, and fine wines throughout. Unfortunately, French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq did not think the food was very good, and was caught saying so on microphone.
"At the Elysee, it wasn't (up to scratch) at all... it was disgusting. It has to be said," she said, unaware that she was being recorded.
Chef Guillaume Gomez was not pleased, and took to Facebook to defend his food.
"Along with the squad, we will continue to do our job with the same passion and the same devotion," he wrote. Supporters posted in his defense, saying Bricq was too spoiled
Bricq was extremely embarrassed once the recording came out, and has reportedly called the chef personally to apologize.