A Taiwanese university lecturer in French cuisine who also established a French culinary institute of her own is to be cited in Paris for her contribution to French cuisine.
Ko Ruey-ling (
Ko, who traveled from Taipei to Paris to receive the award, said that she was really surprised when that she heard that she had received the honor.
Les Trophees de L'Esprit Ali-mentaire is a prize jointly sponsored by several leading food and cuisine associations in France, as well as French embassies around the world, aimed at citing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to efforts to promote French gastronomy.
According to J.P. d'Estienne d'Orves, chief executive officer of L'Esprit Alimentaire Association, recommendations came from French embassies or liaison offices in 14 countries for this year's award.
Final decisions on the selection of the award winners were determined by a panel of judges of diverse nationality, d'Orves said.
Ko was recommended by the French Institute in Taipei in recognition of her many years of teaching French food culture in Taiwan.
Ko, who teaches in French, currently lectures at the Taipei American School, the Taipei Japanese School and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to teaching at Shih Chien University and her own institute.
Ko studied in France during the 1980s, and after returning to Taiwan, she worked in the kitchens of several five-star hotels to pick up practical skills and experience.
Ko travels to France at least three times a year to keep abreast of new developments in French cuisine.
She was awarded the Ordre du Merite Agricole by the French government in 2000 and was invited to be an ambassador for Europain, an organization devoted to promoting French bread, and baguettes in particular, in 2001.