About Us

Mission & Vision

Learn, Share, Connect

In urban environments all around the world, the food offer is essential. With the change in customer behavior, food & gastronomy have more than ever become inevitable for city development, city promotion & citizen wellbeing. Cities now have a role to play to develop a qualitative and diverse food offer for the local population & tourists in order to remain competitive.

Délice Network is a tool for worldwide cities who consider food and gastronomy as a boost for urban economic development and city attractiveness.

The member cities of the network all believe that thanks to their heritage and strong gastronomic culture or their strong food strategy, they can gain impact in terms of city attractiveness, economic development, employment and general well-being.

Délice Network is the most significant professional network linking food and gastronomy to city development, promotion and the overall wellbeing of its citizens. It brings together city representatives involved in implementing food-related projects and initiatives. Thanks to the network, they learn, share and connect.

Fields of Action

Food and Gastronomy are complex topics for city institutions. Each Délice member has a different approach on what they include and how they can act as a public institutions. 

This diversity brings the strength of our network, with cities working on different concepts, different projects and with a different approach.

All the topics discussed within the network are linked to one of our four fields of action around Food & Gastronomy: 

Food Culture

as part of a City Identity 

Food sector

as a boost for Economic Development

Food scene

as a tool for global Recognition & Attractiveness

Food policies

to enhance Urban Livability

Gouvernance of the Organization

Délice Network is a French membership based non-profit organization

An Executive Committee acts as the running body of the organization. The six members are city representatives, elected by all members for a three-year mandate.

The Executive Committee defines the strategic line of the association, controls the activities and results and keeps under continuous review the Association’s finances.

The Main Office of the organization is based in the founding city Lyon.  The Délice Network manager handles the daily management of the organization, with the support of a Project Officer.

The current team

The running Executive Committee was elected by the General Assembly in September 2019 in Stavanger, Norway.
Their mandate will go until September 2022.  

Camille Benoist

Camille benoist

Head Manager

Camille has been in charge of the network since 2016. Engaging with new cities, creating collaborations between members and ensuring the dynamic within the group are the main drivers of her mission for the organization.

Gabriela Martin

Alix heyraud

Project Officer

In the frame of her degree in International Affairs, Alix supports the development of the organization by assisting the manager. She is in charge of communications and social media as well as project follow-up within the network. 

Olivier Marette

Olivier marette

City of Brussels | President

As the Gastronomy Expert of Visit.Brussels, Olivier overviews the food & gastronomy sector of the thriving Belgium Capital and follows the international trends. Brussels has developed a strategy to attract innovative restaurants, mixing tradition and modernity.

May Endresen

May endresen

City of Stavanger | Vice-president

As Senior Advisor for the City of Stavanger, May is involved in the different sectors that make Stavanger today. Food & Gastronomy is definitely one of them and May works strongly with the County and the Region on the recognition of Stavanger as a strong city of Gastronomy.

Ignasi Delas

Ignasi de delàs

City of Barcelona | Board Member

The Deputy Director of the Tourism Board of Barcelona has a long experience in International Networks. The City of Barcelona has developed a strong tourism strategy based on food & gastronomy.

Georges Képénékian

Georges képénékian

City of Lyon | Board Member

The Deputy-Mayor of Lyon in charge of urban planning has always considered gastronomy as a key element of the city. Georges brings the vision of the founding city of the network and is engaged in keeping Lyon as an international food capital.

Felipe Garcia

Felipe garcia

City of Tucson | Board Member

Felipe is Executive Vice-President of VisitTucson and a true believer of the power of food to develop a community. Tucson, Arizona is developing to be among the great foodie destinations in the US, attracting more and more young chefs thanks to its great variety of products and food culture

Reinher Behrens

Reinher behrens

City of Cape Winelands | Board member

As CEO of the Tourism Board of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, Reinher is the proud representative of the only Délice member based in Africa until now. The Winelands are located outside of Cape Town and have developed a very rich and thriving tourist industry around food & wine.

Our history and values

Founded by the City of Lyon in 2007, Délice Network is a unique organization with a special history and shared values