Aged 14, I stayed with friends of my father’s in northern France for a few days, and that was when I discovered how fabulous French food was. This family owned an enormous sugar beet farm near Cambrai and lived in a chateau with servants. At lunch and dinner my 11-year-old sister and I dined in solitary splendour, waited on by their white-gloved butler. I vividly remember gorgeous fillet steak served with a bowl of petits pois from the farm — not fresh, but preserved — and crisp frites. They were the best chips I’d ever tasted. Every day the butler uncorked a bottle of fizzy cider and poured as much as I wanted into my glass. At home I wasn’t allowed alcoholic drinks, but I didn’t tell him that. Back in England, I told my mother how I’d loved the food. She was a little cross. ‘What’s wrong with my cooking?’ she was probably thinking. That trip was such a lovely early experience and I’ve been back many times. French fancy: The Jura region near the Franco-Swiss border. It is the home of Comté, one of Rick’s favourite cheeses Seafood heaven I fell properly in love with France in the… Read full this story
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Bon appetit! On the eve of his latest TV series, celebrity chef RICK STEIN serves up a taste of where to find France's finest food on a gastronomic pilgrimage have 233 words, post on www.dailymail.co.uk at November 1, 2019. This is cached page on X-Buy. If you want remove this page, please contact us.