Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc
2012 torch relay day 52 Raymond Blanc brings the torch into Wallingford (7663002978).jpg
Raymond Blanc participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay
Born(1949-11-19) 19 November 1949 (age 67)
Culinary career
Cooking styleFrench


Raymond Blanc OBE (given birth to 19 November 1949) is a People from france chef. He’s among Britain’s esteemed chefs. Blanc may be the owner and chef at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, a hotel-restaurant in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, Britain. The restaurant offers two Michelin celebrities and obtained 9/10 in the nice Food Guide. He’s completely self-taught, but offers himself trained or employed additional chefs including (for any week’s probation) Heston Blumenthal, John Burton-Race, Michael Caines, Paul Liebrandt, and Marco Pierre White colored.

Early life

Blanc was created near Besançon, the administrative centre from the Franche-Comté area in eastern France, between Burgundy as well as the Jura mountains. He was raised in Saône, a community simply east of there.While his two sisters were taught to cook with the influential Maman Blanc, his father taught Blanc and his two brothers to function in your kitchen garden. His dad provided him a colander and foraging map for his 10th birthday, and what he gathered his mother trained him to make.


Training being a waiter, Blanc proved helpful on the Michelin-starred Le Palais de la Bière in Besançon. In 1972 he was terminated for upsetting the top chef (Blanc acquired offered him information on how best to make); nevertheless, the manager understood of employment in England.Not speaking British sufficiently to survive with out a notepad, he was dispatched towards the Rose Revived in Newbridge, Oxfordshire, arriving three times after landing at Dover in his Renault 5 Gordini. Blanc wedded the owner's little girl Jenny, as well as the couple acquired two sons.Before striking from his own in 1977, Blanc worked for a while under chef patron André Chavagnon, who had opened a France restaurant, La Sorbonne, in Oxford TRADITIONAL in 1966.In 1977, the Blancs opened up Les Quat' Saisons within a row of contemporary shops in Summertown, Oxford: "We mortgaged the home, owed 18 additional people, and opened up within a corridor between a lingerie shop and Oxfam". An right away success, he gained "Egon Ronay Instruction Restaurant of the entire year", two Michelin superstars and a bunch of various other distinctions.In 1981, Blanc opened up La Maison Blanc, a chain of boulangeries and pâtisseries that also contain cafès. A couple of 14 branches of Maison Blanc in the united states, including many in London and one in Oxford. Maison Blanc cakes can be found countrywide in Waitrose.In 1983, Blanc purchased a manor-house in the Oxfordshire village of Great Milton where he opened up Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, a country house hotel and dual Michelin starred cafe. Awarded five AA superstars and using a rating of 19/20 from reputed French instruction Gault Millau, Le Manoir represents itself as "among the supreme gastronomic places in the united states".Blanc opened Le Petit Blanc, the to begin a string of smaller restaurants, in Oxford in June 1996. Blanc's mentioned purpose with these was to create the French school of thought of "great food getting central to great living" to the uk. His desire was to make and serve meals that may be appreciated by everyone – "in the time-conscious entrepreneur to those buying welcoming family cafe".Blanc suffered two mini strokes when he was 42, thought to have been due to tension and overworkIn June 2003, after nearly shedding the string to his ex-wife Jenny within his divorce settlement, the 4 Le Petit Blanc Brasseries (now referred to as Brasserie Blanc) in Birmingham (which shut in 2008), Cheltenham, Manchester and Oxford became area of the Loch Fyne Cafe Group portfolio. Blanc maintains a talk about available, and is still involved creating brand-new selections, developing the chef and kitchen groups and taking part in the advertising from the restaurants. Since 1996, Raymond provides opened the next branches of Brasserie Blanc: 1996 - Le Petit Blanc brasserie, Oxford. Awarded one Michelin Superstar in its initial calendar year and classed between the ten greatest restaurants in the united states, in 2006 it had been re-launched as Brasserie Blanc 1998 - Cheltenham 1999 - Birmingham (shut 2008) 2000 - Manchester 2004 - Tunbridge Wells (shut 2009) 2007 - Leeds and Milton Keynes 2008 - Bristol and Winchester 2009 - Portsmouth 2010 - Chichester and Threadneedle Road, London 2012 - Shower, Berkhamsted, St Albans and Chancery Street, Charlotte Road, Covent Backyard (shut 2016), St Paul’s and Tower Hill in LondonIn 2012 Blanc became the leader from the Sustainable Cafe Association.In March 2013, Raymond Blanc produced the news headlines with Mayor of London Boris Johnson, to publicise a scheme to get teenagers in to the food and hospitality industry. Blanc had taken on twenty-one apprentices over the Brasserie Blanc Restaurants.Blanc is among the patrons from the Children's Meals Festival, that was held over the Northmoor Trust Property in south Oxfordshire in June 2009. In 2013, 3.In 2014 he offered Kate Humble Kew on the Dish, a 4-component tv series, demonstrating your garden growth and preparation of many vegetable dishes.

Chefs trained by Blanc

Blanc offers taught or employed a great many other potential chefs and restaurateurs, including: Sat Bains John Burton-Race Heston Blumenthal Michael Caines Elisha Carter Éric Chavot William Curley Shaun Dickens JJ Goodman David Goodridge Paul Heathcote Paul Liebrandt David Moore Marco Pierre White

TV appearances

Blanc offers made numerous performances on many main television channels, during prime period viewing, in the united kingdom. Included in these are his very own series Meals & Drink in 1987, Consider Six Cooks in 1986 and Masterchef in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 1998, aswell as The Cafe, a BBC 2 series hosted by Blanc where nine lovers competed to earn their own cafe.Blanc was a featured chef on Great Chefs tv, showing up in Great Chefs from the World.On 13 January 2007, he appeared on Sunday Kitchen. In the Omelette Problem, he completed last because he got the longest to make an omelette. Nevertheless, he was nudged up several places by Adam Martin, correct above Ken Hom, as Blanc created a dark truffle out of his pocket and garnished the completed omelette with truffle shavings.In summertime 2007, a BBC promotion for his brand-new reality TV programme The Cafe was shown in UK television. (The present may BBC America audiences in america as Last Cafe Position). The promo demonstrated several well-dressed diners within a slow-motion meals combat, to a Gonzales support track. The display was section of BBC Two's fall period in 2007 and came back, with minor adjustments towards the format, in 2008. In '09 2009, The Cafe came back to BBC Two within a low-budget structure. This year was very much criticised for the indegent regular of contestants, for neglecting the effective elements of prior series, as well as for Blanc selecting as the champion a team without the discernible culinary capability outside of producing cocktails. 1985 - Consider Six Cooks 1987 - Drink and food - Six-part series on BBC2 1994 - Blanc Mange - Six-part BBC2 series on meals and chemistry 2000 - Close friends for supper - Six-part BBC2 series with high-profile chefs taking part in specific shows 2001 to 2007 - BBC Radio 4 - Talking about topical industry problems, including organic generate 2001 - Newsnight - Feet and mouth problems - made an appearance with representatives through the Soil Association as well as the Country wide Farmers Union 2001 - SKY Information - Relevant and topical ointment industry problems 2001 - Housecall - BBC1 daytime program, hosted by Lowri Turner. Blanc made an appearance on some of the displays cooking slot machine games. 2002 - Interest for Excellence - Twelve-part Carlton Tv series 2004 - JUST WHAT EXACTLY Do ONE DOES ALL DAY LONG - Dedicated bout of BBC Two series, which comes after a high-profile professional through an average morning. 2007 - The Restaurant series 1 - Eight-part BBC Two series. Nine lovers are placed through their paces to find out if they have got what must be done to perform their own cafe. 2008 - The Restaurant series 2 - Over eight weeks, nine lovers compete to earn a restaurant individually backed by Blanc. 2009 - The Restaurant series 3 2010 - Kitchen Secrets - BBC cookery display with a variety of possible and inspirational formulas for cooks of most skills. 2011 - Kitchen Secrets 2 - Second group of cookery display with a variety of possible and inspirational formulas for cooks of most skills 2011 - Raymond Blanc's Xmas Feast - BBC 2012 - THE Hungry Frenchman - BBC 2 2013 - Raymond Blanc: How exactly to Make Well - Group of six half-hour programs on BBC 2. 2015 - Kew on the Dish 2015 - Drink and food - Appeared on 6 Apr 2015.Blanc also made a visitor appearance for the BBC sitcom Miranda in event 5 of the 3rd series


1988 - Recipes from Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons (MacDonald Orbis) ISBN 978-0356120775 1994 - Mange: The Mysteries of your kitchen Revealed ISBN 978-0563370161 1998 - Blanc Vite: Fast Fresh Food from Raymond Blanc (Murdoch Books) ISBN 978-0747217084 1999 - A Blanc Christmas (Headline) ISBN 978-0747275183 2002 - Foolproof French Cookery (BBC Worldwide) ISBN 978-0563534648 2005 - Simple French Cookery (BBC Books) ISBN 978-0563522850 2008 - A Taste of MY ENTIRE LIFE (Bantam Press) ISBN 978-0593060360 (autobiography) 2011 - Kitchen Secrets (Bloomsbury Publishing) ISBN 978-1408816875 2012 - My DINING ROOM TABLE: 100 Recipes for Entertaining (BBC Books) ISBN 978-1849904353 2014 - Kitchen Garden Experts' (Frances Lincoln) ISBN 978-0711234963 2015 - Kew on the Plate with Raymond Blanc (Headline) ISBN 978-1472224378