Forty restaurateurs create a brotherhood to promote Toulouse cassoulet

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About forty restaurateurs and cooking teachers have just created the first cassoulet brotherhood of Toulouse, to promote this famous dish typical of the Pink City. And try to catch up with the Castelnaudary cassoulet, which has been ahead for several decades.

To the question “which brotherhood is missing in Occitania? », a group of epicurean friends answered « that of the cassoulet of Toulouse! “. Now she is no longer missing. The Confrérie du Cassoulet de Toulouse was launched a few days ago at the Chez Mustache restaurant in Beauzelle.

The idea came from Guy Pressenda who wanted this emblematic dish from the pink city to be entitled to symbolic recognition: “Prosper Montagné said that Occitan cassoulet had three heads, Castelnaudary is the father, Carcassonne is the son, Toulouse is the Holy Spirit. For decades, the cassoulet brotherhood of Castelnaudary has existed and is renowned. The cassoulet of Carcassonne, did not create its brotherhood, but rallied to that of Castelnaudary. Toulouse cassoulet was therefore the poor relation in this story of pots and the preparation of this typical dish of our region. This is why we created this brotherhood with around thirty friends, restaurateurs, cooking teachers, epicureans, member of the Lucien Vanel Academy…”.

The first founding members of the Toulouse brotherhood./photos DDM, Annie Mitault

The first founding members of the Toulouse brotherhood./photos DDM, Annie Mitault

To perfect the initiative, the chef André Audouy (known as Moustache) agreed to be named Grand Master, and Sophie Conquet (work manager of the Renée Bonnet vocational high school in Toulouse) Grand Maitresse. Currently surrounded by forty members, they are keen to promote Toulouse cassoulet with its specificities, starting with its typical ingredients: lingot beans from Lauragais, pork rind and trotters from the south-west, duck confit, real Toulouse sausage, Cadours garlic…

The famous restaurateur Mustache is the president of the new committee.

The famous restaurateur Mustache is the president of the new committee.

The planning of the brotherhood obviously promises to be loaded with future inductions to come. You will be able to recognize the members of the Confrérie du Cassoulet de Toulouse by their outfit, consisting of a horse dealer’s blouse and a scarf embroidered with the coat of arms of the brotherhood. The women will have red berets and the men black berets, a nod to Stade Toulousain.

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