The Very Hungry Frenchman
Episode Three: Lyon
Thursday 16 February 2012
To lovers of wine, a cote du Rhone will always mean an earthy glass of red. To admirers of great scenery, the Alps can be found on the eastern border of France. Bring both of these delightful thoughts together and the mighty French region of Rhone-Alpes comes alive…
….and at its heart is Lyon – capital of the region and gastronomic metropolis.
For Raymond it would be unthinkable not to come to Lyon. This is a place that has influenced him hugely and is a top destination list for any serious food lover.
In the region of Rhone-Alps, gourmets regard Lyon as the high-altar at which they can nourish their gastronomic souls. Lyon is the home of the greatest living chef, Paul Bocuse, mentor and friend to Raymond since his earliest days as a chef.
Over the next few days Raymond’s culinary skills will be stretched to the limit. He will be hosting a feast for some of Lyon’s finest diners featuring a menu inspired by his Lyonnais journey.
Notoriously hard to please, the people of Lyon take eating very seriously…
… so Raymond will be looking for help from old friends and great chefs
…as well as legendary chocolate makers…
… and the famous Mothers of Lyon - the grande dames of Lyon’s food circles.
Having immersed himself in the culinary ways of Lyon, Raymond with his two young kitchen assistants, Katie Beth and Kush, will host a feast at one of Lyon’s most famous restaurants.
Watch Episode Three again on BBC iPlayer: click on the link below:
www.bbc.co.uk/The Very Hungry Frenchman Episode 3: Lyon
Recipes from the series will be published on Raymond's website
following the broadcast of each episode. Recipes from Episode Two are
For more information on the restaurants and places that Raymond visited in Lyon, please click on the links below:
Restaurant Pierre Orsi, where RB meets Pierre, an expert in Lyonnais cooking, and eats tripe and other offal:
Paul Bocuse: the most famous restaurant in France - Paul Bocuse is an inspiration and mentor to RB
Les Mères de Lyon, (Florence Pierrot, Colette Sibilia, Jacotte Brazier), revered in the same way as the great chefs.
Les Halles is one of the premier food shrines in the world. Renée Richard, Mère de Lyon, fromagière at Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse.
Colette Sibilia, Mère de Lyon, charcutière at Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse. Colette is recognised as being one of the key personalities of Lyonnaise charcuterie
Jean-Luc Vianey at the Poissonerie Vianey, suppliers of the Pike for the Quenelles de Brochet
Bresse Chicken Farm. Cyril Degluaire. Bresse chicken is France’s premier bird and has its own Appellation Controlée.- One of Cyril’s birds goes to the President of France at Christmas
Philippe Bernachon, Chocolatier. one of the most famous chocolate makers in the world. Bernachon is one of the few chocolatiers that makes their own chocolate from beans. Philippe Bernachon is Paul Bocuse’s grandson
Café des Fédérations, Lyon. The Café des Fédérations is one of Lyon’s most famous Bouchons, and is where Raymond cooked his service:
To download the recipes from Episode 3, please click on the link below:
Raymond Blanc's book, Kitchen Secrets,
featuring recipes from Kitchen Secrets Series 1 & 2 and many more,
was published by Bloomsbury on 14 February and is available to buy
online from Amazon, from Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Brasserie Blanc, Maison Blanc, and from online and retail bookstores.
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