Mr Loïc Bienassis

Mr Loïc Bienassis
Researcher & Project Manager, European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food (IEHCA), France

Mr Loïc Bienassis is a Researcher at the Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation (European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food/University of Tours, France), and is also a historian and a food writer. His research on food history focuses on the appearance of regional cuisine in France (19th-20th centuries), on the historical construction of the concept of “terroir” and on the advent of the notions of gastronomical/culinary heritage. He is also interested in foodways in western Europe (France, Great Britain, Italy) during the 16th and 17th centuries.

He took part in the inventory of French food heritage and was involved in the inscription of the Gastronomic Meal of the French on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for Humanity. He also edited a reference book about this essential element of French culinary culture (Le Repas Gastronomique des Français, Gallimard, 2015).