A year ahead of France Day at the World Expo, on 29th Januray, 2020, the French Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai UAE revealed the names of its two ambassadors: Jessica Préalpato, French Pastry Chef, and Thomas Pesquet, French astronaut with the ESA. These two ambassadors of the French Pavilion fully embody its values of boldness and French art de vivre.
Jessica Préalpato is the Pastry Chef at the Alain Ducasse restaurant in the Plaza Athénée. Under the stewardship of Alain Ducasse and alongside the chef Romain Meder, she has been redefining the whole concept of pâtisserie at the restaurant since 2015. Her approach – known as desseralité – is nature-oriented and based entirely on producers’ seasonal offerings.
This led to her being voted “World’s Best Pastry Chef” at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2019. Through her innovative approach to pastry, she promotes short food supply chains and the circular economy, which benefit small producers and showcase the wealth of local produce.
Jessica Préalpato, ambassador for the French Pavilion and Pastry Chef at the Alain Ducasse restaurant in the Plaza Athénée
As part of the Proxima mission, Thomas Pesquet lived and worked on board the International Space Station from November 2016 to June 2017. Spurred on by the belief that our future on Earth depends on a better knowledge of space, he sought to illustrate this vision and raise awareness for all generations by sharing the photographs he took of the Earth. His next flight into orbit around the blue planet is scheduled for summer 2021.
He is also promoting careers in science among the young and very youngest generations, who can be sources of innovation and bring new breakthrough ideas.
Thomas Pesquet, representative of the French Pavilion and French ESA astronaut