Carole Metayer - creator of the concept
Carole is the creator of the concept behind La Route des Gourmets and manages the agency’s daily activity.
She’s most notably an expert guide for Food Tours of Paris, an activity she carries out through the gourmet walking tours and visits offered by her agency.
Graduate of Business School with a Master’s degree in International Commerce, Carole Metayer started her career working in exports. At this time, she travelled quite frequently and spent several months living abroad in Asia and Latin America. Since this time, she has particularly enjoyed learning more about these cultures and studying the history of their food and regional cuisine.
Pushed by her curiosity and desire to dig deeper into the study of food, Carole received a Master’s degree in Food and Food Culture from the Institute of Geography at the Sorbonne University of Paris. The multifaceted education was led by well-known historians, geographers, sociologists, and nutritionists. Professors and Researchers dedicated to the study of French cuisine.
When the story begins
Meanwhile, her desire to integrate cuisine and tourism began taking the form of La Route des Gourmets in 2012. This innovative concept is a perfect balance between discovering French cultural history and sampling delicious food and wine. You’ll experience both during gourmet food tours and gastronomic visits.
Additionally, she has become a guide at Rungis International Market, a role she particularly enjoys.
Her academic background allows her to fully explore the French concept of "terroir" local products, trends in the food industry and new paths of distribution. This allows her to manage food retail tours for food professionals.
Active member of the Association of Women in Tourism, Carole Metayer received their Trophy in 2014 for her innovative concept aimed at promoting French culinary heritage and better hosting foreign visitors.
Since June 2016, Carole participate in the Scientific and cultural Committee for the construction of the future City of Gastronomy Paris Rungis.
As a part of her daily life, Carole is an advocate of the Slow Food ideals. This international organization calls for education of the palate because only informed consumers conscience of the impact their choices have on the food system can become co-producers in a new agricultural system that is less intense and more respectful of the living, which produces good, clean and fair food.
Conferences, lectures and professional retail tours
To share her experience and knowledge in the field, Carole Metayer regularly intervenes at conferences and round table discussions related to culinary tourism sector. She also propose consulting services as an expert of food tourism and regional development.
Latest conferences and lectures
- May 2017 : Business trip to Bolivia : consulting services for Lapaz Tourist Office, willing to develop food tourism to become a new gastronomic travel destination. Conference during the National Forum of Substainable Tourism in Cochabamba city.
Articles: Video Youtube AFP de Lapaz destino gastronomico, Experta francesa colabora a la Arcadia de Lapaz, La paz se impulsa como un destina gastronómico, La Paz Bolivia destino gourmet, Lapaz se impulsa como un destino gastronomico internacional, Desde alturas de la Paz Bolivia se ofrece al mundo como destino gourmet
- September 2015 : Conference "voyage en gastronomie : la cité de la gastronomie Paris-Rungis, un projet touristique majeur pour l'Ile-de-France", organised by the Comité Départemental du Tourisme du Val de Marne
- February 2015: Youtube video about the interview on national channel "France 5"
- 2014 : Forum "Patrimoine Culinaire et Tourisme de demain", organised by the Comité Départemental du Tourisme de Seine Saint Denis with the French association of Tourism Experts Watch here Youtube video
- 2014: French Women Association Award 2014 « Wealth and strength of France, how to attract foreign visitors». Watch here Youtube video
- 2013 : publishing the article "itinéraire d'un réceptif spécialisé" for geographic magazine Espaces