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VIDEO. “We prepared 2,200 meals instead of 1,500”: a star chef in the kitchen of Crous de Saint-Denis

Young star chef Julia Sedefjian designed and prepared the meal for just over 2,000 students from Paris-8 University in Saint-Denis, this Tuesday for lunch. A first for a university restaurant in France and a treat for students.

The 27-year-old chef, approached this summer by the University of Paris-8, agreed to take up the “challenge”: to design and prepare a healthy meal on a limited budget for students who eat at Crous in Saint-Denis. In this university restaurant, the meal – starter, main course and dessert – costs 3.30 euros and one euro for scholarship holders. To stay within the Crous budget, the youngest star chef in France decided to prepare two dishes: a fish accompanied by rice and a vegetarian dish with sweet potato.

Dishes that pleased the taste buds of most of the students we met there. “This canteen is generally good, but it is true that today we feel that it is more work,” said Serge, a student at Paris-8. Martina is impressed with the vegetarian dish she has chosen.

“I had taken salt and pepper, but I didn’t need it! smiles the psychology student. In the long term, the initiative of Crous de Créteil is meant to be replicated “in other places and by other chefs!” hopes Dominique Marchand, president of Cnous.



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