France’s Gourmet School Lunches


As I searched Youtube looking for something interesting to show my high school students about the differences between French and American schools, I ran across this video about the French school lunch program.  The contrasts between their lunch system and our’s in America are astonishing!

French children are taught from the very beginning, at home like at school, the importance not only of eating healthily, but also what it means to enjoy a meal and the company with whom one shares it.  It’s no wonder that French children can more easily, and more patiently, sit through a three or four course meal on a regular basis without making it torturous for both themselves and their parents (or teachers!).

Enjoy the video, and tell me your thoughts!

Sunday Morning’s Man in Paris David Turecamo explores France’s strict diet regiment within the school system’s gourmet lunch menu.

13 thoughts on “France’s Gourmet School Lunches”

  1. I know, it’s so true! Too often, we in America are taught to treat mealtime like something that must be rushed through so that we can get to the next task rather than enjoying it as one (or three) of the most important moments of the day. I knew you’d enjoy this video🙂

  2. This is really extraordinary! There needs to be an effort made here in the US for sure. I see schools like mine trying to serve fruits for snacks, and healthier lunches, but they are light years away from this model. Given they only have about 30 minutes for lunch here, it would be hard to achieve. I would love to see local organic and healthier product fed to our kids in St. Louis!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I do believe that part of the problem is that we give such little time for lunch at schools in America. 20-30 minutes is barely enough time to wash your hands, get your food, and get seated before it’s time to move on to the next activity of the day. It’s not only about the quality of the food. Kids need a break during the day just like we adults do. If it were instilled in them from a very young age that mealtime is a pleasurable time of the day, a time to relax and enjoy themselves, I think we as a nation would benefit on many accounts. Also, maybe they would enjoy meals more if they weren’t given the opportunity to snack at all hours of the day.

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