Fifteen years ago, Le Fooding emerged in Paris as an antidote of sorts to a delicious but staid culture filled with high-minded gastronomic temples. Both a restaurant guide as well as a festival-and-events coordinator, Le Fooding has promoted what it describes as “the most original and freethinking initiatives” among chefs in France and across the world.
This month, the organization celebrated its 15th year with (what else) but a three-day food festival full of parties, brunch, a collaborative dinner, and a grand tasting night market with DJs and musicians. True to Le Fooding’s origins, the festival featured chefs who are operating out of cool but—until recent years—more maligned dining quarters such as Brooklyn, East and North Paris, and London’s Shoreditch neighborhood. These chefs included Paris’s own Iñaki Aizpitarte and Tatiana Levha, Americans Danny Bowien and Ludo LeFebvre, and Londoners James Lowe and Isaac McHale.
These photographs showcase the true hipness of today’s Parisian dining scene.