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Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc

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Rosemary Scoular
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Born in Besancon, France in 1949, Raymond Blanc is acknowledeged as one of the finest chefs in the world. His exquisite cooking has received national and international guide to culinary excellence. He arrived in England in 1972 to work as a waiter at the Rose Revived Restaurant near Witney. When the chef became ill, he took over and two years later, the restaurant gained entry into the Michelin Guide. At the age of 28, Raymond Blanc opened his first restaurant, `Les Quat` Saisons` in Summertown, Oxford. After just one year, the restaurant was named Egon Ronay Restaurant of the Year and a host of other accolades including Michelin Stars and Pestle & Mortar awards followed. It was in 1984, however, that he fulfilled a personal vision, creating an hotel and restaurant in harmony when he opened Le Manoir aux Quat` Saisons in Great Milton, Oxford. Le Manoir is the only country house hotel in the UK which has achieved two Michelin Stars for a total of 18 years and sustained the Relais and Chateaux Purple Shield.

Raymond has written a selection of best sellers, including `Cooking for Friends`, `A Blanc Christmas`, `Recipes from Le Manoir aux Quat` Saisons` and `Blanc Vite`.

The third series of his successful BBC2 series THE RESTAURANT goes out on BBC2 in October 2009.

His latest book, a memoir of his life in food, was published by Transworld in September 2008.


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Rosemary Scoular
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Raymond Blanc is a gastronomic icon, acknowledged as one of the finest chefs in the world. Yet his philosophy is endearingly simple: ‘My team and I aim to excel in what we do, but never to take ourselves too seriously.’ He is chef-patron and chairman of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, the two-starred Michelin hotel-restaurant in the Oxfordshire village of Great Milton. His significant influence on British cuisine has brought scores of awards, as well as decades of critical praise and glowing admiration from fellow professionals and food lovers. In July 2012 Raymond was appointed President of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

He has trained some 30 chefs who have gone on to win Michelin stars, though he is a self-taught chef. His burning passion for cooking - and eating - was inspired during his childhood in Besançon, France. In 1972 he came to Britain to work as a waiter at the Rose Revived in Oxfordshire. When the cook became ill, Raymond took over. From that moment he was a chef.

At the age of 28, Raymond opened his first restaurant, Les Quat’ Saisons in Summertown, Oxford. Triumph swiftly followed. Soon he set up Maison Blanc, a patisserie-bakery: the start of a successful chain.

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons opened in 1984; it was, he says, ‘the fulfilment of a personal vision’. Raymond is the only chef in Britain to have retained two Michelin stars for the past 32 years. Hailed as one of the world’s best hotels, the Zagat Guide says, ‘At Le Manoir heaven doesn’t seem so far away.’ He established the Raymond Blanc Cookery School (at Le Manoir) in 1991.

The story continues. Raymond founded Brasserie Blanc (formerly Le Petit Blanc), a group which in 2012 has 18 restaurants, which offer affordable, delicious food and warm hospitality. ‘If Le Manoir is a delicate waltz,’ he says, ‘then Brasserie Blanc is a glorious can-can.’

Raymond, 63, is a best-selling author, and his BBC television series have included the Very Hungry Frenchman and Kitchen Secrets. 


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