Yak & Yeti feted for promoting French gastronomy

23rd Apr, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, April 23: The French government bestowed the distinction of Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole on Philippe Belhay, General Manager of Kathmandu-based Hotel Yak & Yeti for his contribution to the development of the French gastronomy.

[caption id="attachment_5230" align="alignnone" width="800"] On behalf of the French Minister for Agriculture, French Ambassador to Nepal Yves Carmona (right) confers the distinction of Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole on Philippe Belhay, the General Manager of Hotel Yak & Yeti for his contribution to the development of the French gastronomy, in Kathmandu, on Monday, April 17, 2017. Photo: French Embassy Kathmandu[/caption]

On behalf of the French Minister for Agriculture, the distinction was conferred upon Belhay by French Ambassador to Nepal Yves Carmona.

The French government confers several distinctions in recognition of merit in various fields.  Among these, Le Mérite agricole was instituted on 7th July 1883 by the then Minister for Agriculture Jules Méline in recognition of services rendered to agriculture.

Belhay is a seasoned hotelier with experiences in managing hotels in Qatar, UK, France, Tunisia, India, China and Nepal.  He has been educated in the United Kingdom, Germany and France and speaks English, French, German, Italian and Arabic, according to a release issued by the Embassy of France to Nepal.

Belhay has been the foremost promoter of the project Goût de France/Good France in Nepal since its inception in 2015.

“Hotel Yak & Yeti, under Mr Belhay’s management, has achieved the International award from World Luxury Hotel Awards, “Global Winner Luxury Historical Hotel” and “Luxury Historical Hotel Country Winner – Nepal in 2015 and 2016 respectively,” the Embassy mentioned in the release.

At the award distribution ceremony in Kathmandu on Monday, French Ambassador Carmona said, while referring to Belhay said: “Your guests might wonder what kind of agriculture you have practiced – is that dahl or bhat or raising yaks or yetis?”