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FRENCH CHEF IN LONDON
FRENCH CHEF IN LONDON



A pleasant evening spent in the company of the Frenchpromoters of the Southern Rhone. They were in London to sell the story of thethree French departments along the Rhone river, the Gard, the Ardèche and the Vaucluse-Provence,which are so geographically connected that they set out their stall together atevents around the world. And it’s quitea stall, covering beautiful wilderness from the Camargue to the Cevennes with afew UNESCO world heritage sites along the way, such as the Papal Palace inAvignon, the Roman marvel of the Pont du Gard and the amazing decorated cavesof the Pont d’arc.

More on these in later postings, but those too impatient can find out more at

http://www.visit-southern-france.com/en/

As well as a briefing on these wonders of the South, we wereasked to participate in a team bonding exercise. A bold and risky idea to try out with a bunch ofcynical  journalists. Formed into teams our task was to paint the three greatbridges onto a blank canvas in relay.


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The party game did its job and broke the ice before the sitdown meal but I am a reluctant painter as more talented artists in my family cast a long shadow on my puny efforts -http://www.trompeloeil.co.uk/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1223804/Incredible-trick-eye-murals-bring-Venetian-cafe-brimming-celebrities-St-Austell-Cornwall.html

This was a seemingly effortless and casually strewn buffet which was actually the meticulous work of culinary Meister London-based French chef, Bertrand Munier. ( http://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/ )and if you need catering for a party he is well worth a call.

The seared tuna with tapenade and lime jus was delicious and the slow cooked lamb with rosemary was apparently as good but I didn’t do a direct taste comparison as I was too busy getting myself ready for the pudding selection


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These included a pancake with chestnut cream in honour of one of the Chestnut produce the Ardèche is renowned for.

It was also an excuse to serve a selection of wines from the area. Choosing must have been hard. They are spoilt for choice: Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rasteau, Condrieu, Beaumes de Venise ….

Ah, decisions decisions …

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