"For me, Lyon is the naturally legitimate choice for hosting the International City of Gastronomy, in particular because of the three key industry sectors that converge and interact within this city: agriculture, the catering trade and food and health research" – Michelin star-rated Chef Régis Marcon, Chairman of the Strategic Orientation Committee for the International City of Gastronomy in Lyon.
Because Lyon has all the necessary assets for hosting the International City of Gastronomy:
- Gastronomy has been treated as an art form here since the Antiquity era
- It is the ideal terroir, with 80 AOC wines (geographically protected labels) in the region and 340 farms dotted throughout the surrounding metropolitan area (not to mention 39,000 in the entire region!)
- It boasts a form of cuisine steeped in character, with authentic specialities
- It has over 4,000 restaurants: a record in France!
- 19 of the city’s Chefs are star-rated in the 2017 Michelin guide (with a total of 23 stars, making it the 4th most star-rated city in Europe)
- It has been internationally acknowledged as being the No.1 gastronomic destination in France (The Times UK 2015) and the 5th greatest worldwide (National Geographic 2015…)
- Its cuisine is open to outside influences (40 countries are represented among its speciality restaurants)
- Its cuisine focuses on quality and health. Additionally, nutrition research is highly active in the area
- It already hosts numerous events on the same theme: SIRHA, BIG !, Lyon Street Food Festival, in addition to several wine and gastronomy trade fairs…
And finally, because the Grand Hôtel-Dieu has been chosen to house this spectacular project. A former hospital, this beautifully restored and highly prominent historic building, situated on the banks of the Rhône at the very heart of the city, has forever been devoted to health.
In November 2010, the 'Gastronomic Meal of the French' was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. To further this achievement, a French taskforce for food heritage and culture* was appointed to launch a call for projects among local authorities. In June 2013, Lyon was chosen to host one of the 4 International City of Gastronomy projects, alongside Tours, Dijon and Paris-Rungis.
* Mission Française du patrimoine et des cultures alimentaires (MFPCA)
The project in a few words...
The International City of Gastronomy will cover a surface area of 3,930 m², which will be devoted to the theme: “gastronomy, at the crossroads of food and health”. Learning to eat well, while associating health with pleasure, boosting preventative measures, and discovering and furthering the latest breakthroughs in research, are the main missions chosen for this great and innovative project.
- Permanent Exhibitions
- Temporary exhibitions that focus on a product, a terroir, or the cuisine of a specific country
- Diverse events: fun and interactive workshops, conferences, projections and more
- Areas devoted to demonstrations and interactive experiments
- A research, innovation and knowledge transmission laboratory for food and health professionals in France and abroad.
It will also include restaurants, cafés and gourmet stores.
This great and highly innovative project is the product of a partnership between the Metropolitan City of Lyon, Lyon City Council and private partners involved in the project theme.
Open to the public in 2019.
Grand Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon
This project is the largest private renovation project carried out on a historic monument in France.
All the buildings (except the International City of Gastronomy) were acquired by Crédit Agricole and the restoration work is being conducted by Eiffage Construction.
This listed building, which covers a surface area of 51,500 m², is being renovated in accordance with the highest professional standards, so as to respect the buildings' architecture and structure. It is destined to be a dynamic hub for the inhabitants of Lyon, which will expand the city’s reputation.
In addition to the International City of Gastronomy, it will also house a 5-star InterContinental hotel with 143 rooms, a 2,740 m2 convention centre, shops, cafés, restaurants, offices, 11 apartments and a private car park. Last but not least, the external areas will include courtyards, a cloistered walkway and historic gardens, all of which make for a relaxing setting.