From 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, the Grand Duchy will be participating in the Universal Exposition in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Alongside its economic programme, the Luxembourg Pavilion will also be presenting its gastronomic excellence and the quality of its produce.
The 'Schengen Lounge' restaurant
On the ground floor of the Luxembourg Pavilion, in pride of place, the Grand Duchy's cuisine will be showcased at the 'Schengen Lounge' restaurant. There are windows so that visitors to the Pavilion will be able to look into the restaurant kitchens and watch the chefs at work.
Schengen is the idyllic village on the Moselle where three countries meet - Luxembourg, Germany and France; not only a place with a local reputation for excellent wines, but also the place where the eponymous Agreements were signed, allowing free movement within the European Union.
So it's not surprising that the village has given its name to the restaurant which will be representing the Grand Duchy's values, multi-national gastronomy and local produce during the Universal Exposition. The concept of the gastronomic aspect of the Grand Duchy's participation has been drawn up by the national training school for the hotel trade and tourism, the Luxembourg Hotel and Restaurant School (Ecole d’hôtellerie et de tourisme du Luxembourg, EHTL), which has both the ability and the skilled labour required.
A varied programme
The gastronomic concept devised by EHTL provides that the restaurant will present, like the restaurants in the Grand Duchy, not only traditional Luxembourgish cuisine – such as Rieslingspaschtéitchen (meat pie flavoured with Riesling wine) and Judd mat Gaardebounen (smoked neck of pork with broad beans) – but also a cuisine influenced by many different international styles.
In all, the Pavilion's kitchen can serve about 240 dishes per day, and the restaurant can seat up to 80 visitors - 50 indoors and 30 outdoors. Open every day from 12 noon to midnight, the restaurant also offers cakes, pastries and take-away dishes ('Luxembourg on a plate') for visitors in a hurry. In the evening, you will be able to enjoy an entire set menu devised by one of the Luxembourgish chefs of the month or fresh à la carte dishes. This culinary discovery can be rounded off by some Luxembourgish Moselle wines.
A Michelin-starred chef
In all, 36 ETHL students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in full view in the Pavilion's open kitchen. They will be supervised in Dubai by three experienced teachers and by 28-year-old Michelin-starred Luxembourgish chef KimKevin de Dood, a former EHTL student who has already earned an international reputation.