One very awkward englishman, boldly goes…

Raymond Blanc visits Marseille

Here is French chef Raymond Blanc visiting Le Petit Nice in Marseille (which you may have seen in my previous posts) for his current ‘Hungry Frenchman’ series.

PS, Gerald Passedat (pronounced Pasta on the program!) That guy was born to be a chef surely!

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6 responses

  1. A little while ago Raymond Blanc fell at his home in Oxfordshire and broke his leg. He was operated on at the John Radcliffe in Oxford – it must have given the hospital catering service a challenge! According to the Oxford Mail, he said, ” I’m pleased to say it was edible. It was a pretty good try considering it is cooked for the masses. I tried the steamed haddock with potatoes and although the haddock was overcooked and quite dry, I gave the dish six and a half out of ten. Their best dish was a spicy chicken tikka, which was fun, and I gave that seven out of ten. The chilli con carne was not so good. It was rather watery. I was only able to give it five out of ten.” Blanc also revealed in his blog that his nurses had reprimanded him after he opened a bottle of wine despite taking medication!!

    The BBC programme was fun and showed Provence in a very beautiful light.

    March 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

  2. Well, Passedat is not an uncommon name… and it’s the first time I heard it pronounced “pasta” (is that the BBC?). It’s usually “passéda”…

    March 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm

  3. Hi Benjamin,

    Yes I think it was the terrible British narrator’s pronunciation that made it sound like pasta. I just thought that was quite comical for a Chef!

    Very interesting story Aixcentric. That must have been very difficult for him to deal with! Love the bit about the wine!

    I haven’t seen the whole episode yet as I can’t get British TV here, but I was told about this as I live about 5 minutes walk from le Petit Nice!

    All the best,

    T

    March 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

  4. pvaustralien

    Hi and thanks for having a look at our blog. We saw this episode of Raymond Blanc’s just a few days after we had been in Marseille and had a very average boulliabaise – what a pity we couldn’t see it earlier!

    I can identify with your English/French pronunciation of words that we already know in English too :D

    Cheers, Paige.

    March 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm

  5. I was lucky enough to be house (well chateau) sitting during the vacances and they had British TV, so saw episode 5 and the amazing bouillabiasse, both Le Petit Nice and Blanc’s incredible aubergine terrine version which seemed to go down well with the locals.

    Watching the program made me think how wonderful Provence is and how wonderful that we live here, I am sure this episode will have inspired a few to come and visit.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

  6. I do hope so. It is a very magical place.

    Many thanks for your comment.

    All the best,

    T

    March 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

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