FRANCE: We Must Keep On

The last words of the late Prosper Montagné, one of the greatest of modern gastronomes,* ere: "It is necessary to encourage the young. France has need of its chefs. We must keep on."

So^ the Prix Culinaire Prosper Montagné, an annual chef's tournament with a 25,000-franc grand prize, came into being. The rules are simple: only chefs under 36 may compete and their creations must be original.

Last week in Paris the first contest was held. The chefs' theme: fish. From 160 recipes sent in by 100 French chefs, the ten most promising had been selected for actual cooking. Then it...