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With the 2021 judging panel president Emmanuelle Jary, Les Quintessences highlighted the retailers positioning as "bien manger" ambassadors on a daily basis. 

A President for the Jury les Quintessences 2021

Crédit photo : Marion Saupin



For the past 20 years, Emmanuelle Jary has been a culinary journalist for the magazine "Saveurs". In 2016, she created the programme C'est meilleur quand c'est bon which reports on restaurateurs and producers throughout France in search of the best addresses. Broadcast on social media, C'est meilleur quand c'est bon today boasts 1 million subscribers across all broadcast media. Emmanuelle Jary is passionate by regional producers and small grocery shops, therefore she joins the Gourmet Selection Exhibition as an ambassador and president of the Les Quintessences 2021 competition.



"While chefs do a great job of advocating for producers, grocers are the best showcase for a region when you are interested in what is good. We know the importance of product presentation and acquaintance with the people behind a honey, an oil, a confectionery product, a cold meat product, etc., in catalysing the purchasing process. The grocer selects the right products and then conveys the approach and commitment of a producer. These shops are our heritage. We must defend them. I am therefore delighted to contribute to their promotion through this competition."

Let's get to know each other! 

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The prospect of meeting people who are working to defend goodness in France.

What is your motto?
It's better when it's good.

What is your greatest culinary discovery?
I can't single one out. All regional cuisines in their diversity when they are cultural markers and bear witness to a tradition..

What is on your wish list for this year?
I would like to go and discover producers such as oil mills to promote oils other than olive oil, which is excessively publicised to the detriment of walnut oil, sunflower oil, etc. I would also like to film winegrowers..

What is your most unusual gastronomic encounter?
The grenier medocain. Rolled and boiled pork belly. It doesn't look particularly appetising, but it's delicious - and even fascinating if you consider the history of this product. I could talk about it for hours..

What are you most proud of?
Some of the messages from people who follow us and tell me that they have changed their way of eating thanks to the videos. For example, a mother told me that she stopped taking her children to fast food restaurants because of the videos.

In 3 words, how would you define Gourmet Selection?
Search, goodness, commitment.

Discover Emmanuelle Jary Instagram account

A judging panel jury gathered around its President for this 2021 edition

La créatrice d’événements gastronomiques et autrice culinaire Anne Etorre qui fera partie du jury des Quintessences 2021 sur le salon Gourmet Selection©Emmanuel Nguyen Ngoc



Anne ETORRE : The creator of gourmet events and a must-read food writer, Anne is a “Head chef solver” who got into gourmet food at a very early age. 





La consultante et adjointe au maire du 20e en charge de l’économie sociale et solidaire et de l’alimentation durable Lila DJELLALI qui sera membre du jury des quintessences 2021 sur le salon Gourmet Selection


Lila DJELLALI : Lila is a consultant who advises gourmet professionals on all the facets of their projects. She is also deputy-mayor of the 20th arrondissement in Paris responsible for the social economy and sustainable food. 





La chef indépendante et ex candidate de Top Chef Chloé Charles qui sera membre du jury des quintessences 2021 sur le salon Gourmet Selection©Louise Primel



Chloé CHARLES : An independent chef and former contestant in the TV programme “Top Chef”, Chloé Charles has launched her concept of culinary events aimed at personal customers and businesses. With a keen focus on sustainability, she seeks to promote more eco-friendly practices in the cookery and hospitality world. 





La styliste et auteure culinaire Orathay SOUKSINSAVANH qui sera membre du jury des quintessences 2021 sur le salon Gourmet Selection©Charlotte Lasceve



Orathay SOUKSINSAVANH : A designer and food writer, Orathay is a cook with both high standards and a cheerfully expressed love of food, and has worked on several projects with leading chefs. With a Thai background, she is a specialist in species and curries.