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- An American inside the kitchens of a Paris luxury hotel
- From fair trade producers to Paris shops
- Sustainability in Paris’ open-air food markets

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An American inside the kitchens of a Paris luxury hotel

Name: Rebecca R.
Undergraduate major field(s): Anthropology, French
Goals for her Paris Field Study semester: Pursue a passion for French culinary history and practice; continue to develop technical (pastry) skills; conduct ethnographic research in culinary anthropology
Placement: Pastry brigade of the Plaza Athénée Hotel
Responsibilities as intern:
- Assist in pastry production for all points of sale in hotel.
- Apprentice in advanced pastry techniques.
Subject of research: The development of a cult of excellence at a Paris luxury hotel.
And... As a result of her semester in Paris, Rebecca was hired as head pastry chef at a restaurant in the US. Another outcome: she now plans to pursue graduate studies in France in food anthropology.

From fair trade producers to Paris shops

Name: Katherine N.
Undergraduate major field(s): English, French
Goals for her Paris Field Study semester: To gain a global perspective on purchasing and consumption patterns and understand the way the food industry works in France
Placement: Slow Food Paris and Guayapi (not-for-profit association for the collection and distribution of wild plants of the Amazon and Sri Lanka)
Responsibilities as intern:
- Organize travel logistics, assist with public relations and press as well as reception for a visit to Paris by Sri Lankan food producers
- Assist in organizing the participation of both organizations at the annual “Salon du Goût”, as well as various international conferences and organic food expositions
- Assist with the organization and staging of a protest against food waste in Paris markets
- Create a map by neighborhood of businesses and artisans who have signed on to Slow Food’s quality charter
- Complete administrative tasks; maintain Slow Food Paris’ blog and Facebook page
Subject of research: A comparison of the way two major newspapers– the New York Times and Le Monde – have covered food issues and organic agriculture over the last 30 years
And... In addition to her other internships, Katherine completed a mini internship at the bakery of renowned pastry chef Gérard Mulot, learning techniques involved in making French pastry and keeping up with the hectic pace of the holiday season in a Paris pâtisserie.

Sustainability in Paris’ open-air food markets

Name: Alyssa B.
Undergraduate major field(s): Ecology, French
Goals for her Paris Field Study semester: To work in an organization that deals with food systems and promotes sustainability and healthy eating
Placement: Slow Food Paris
Responsibilities as intern:
- Establish a repertoire of information on the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), synthesizing policy and issues in preparation for a debate on proposed modifications for 2014
- Produce working papers on topics of ecology and food; visit sites ranging from open-air markets to the Cordon Bleu cooking school as part of research
- Publish articles on studies on the Slow Food Paris website
Subject of research: How to eat ecologically in Paris
And... For a first-hand look at food distribution, Alyssa visited the world’s largest wholesale fresh food market in Rungis, just outside of Paris. Starting at 4:45 a.m., she and the IFE team toured acres and acres of market halls filled with fruits and vegetables as well as meets, cheeses and fish, learning about the range of foods that enter Paris markets and restaurants.
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