BUZZ: Eurostar, Pierre Hermé, Diner Des Grands Chefs, Terroir Parisien One Year Old Buzz

By Margaret Kemp

Raymond Blanc talented Michelin star chef, better known in England than his native France, is the new Culinary Director for Eurostar Business Premier Class. Each city from which Eurostar operates now boasts at least six delicious menus using locally sourced products by suppliers in France, Belgium the UK. The choices are innovative, seasonal and feature several of Mama Blanc's secret family recipes such as mackeral salad, freshly baked herb breads and her famous chocolate delice with praline custard.

Commenting on his new post, Raymond Blanc said. “It's an exciting new gastronomic partnership.  I'm always searching for the purest ingredients and try to ensure everything I use is responsibly sourced; so I'm delighted to work with Eurostar, the first transport provider to join the Sustainable Restaurant Association of which I am President; together we hope to change the perception of on-board cuisine. My menus combine rustic, traditional dishes with a fresh, modern spin”.

Last week travellers leaving St. Pancras International tasted. As a starter: Fresh salmon, broccoli purée with dill dressing/Main of: Duck Aubergine and potato pie/ English cheese/Pear almond and frangipane tart for dessert, washed down with Pannier champagne. Service is as in a fine French brasserie, with the addition of the steward offering to have a taxi waiting at St. Pancras and help with your baggage, remember there's no check in. Bliss ! You won't want to get off.

With fully flexible fares, Business Premier Customers have 10-minute check-in, business lounge access, plus complementary drinks, papers and magazines, delicious dining and fine wines.  Book a breakfast/lunchtime/tea-time Premium ticket: What are you waiting for.

Pierre Hermé

Created Macaron Day to give something back. The 8th Edition, on 20th March, is now International.  On the day Hermé, and participating patissiers, offer at least 24 flavours of his/their sig/macs in return for a voluntary donation to his charity which is this year “la mucoviscidose”, an inherited genetic disease affecting young children (cystic fibrosis).  pâtissiers in France and abroad, covering 160 boutiques will be getting up at the crack of dawn to participate, all you have to do is join the queue chez one of them.

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If you're in the US of A check out here.

And note from 7th May- 30 June PH showcases his “Fetish Saint-Honoré. “It's dandy, sexy and never shows its' age, born in 1847 it has kept its' elegance, slim silhouette and allure”, says PH.  “The Casanova of the taste-buds”, he adds. Note it's masculine, so pop along and pick one up for Ashton. 5 mouthwatering versions: Classique: Montebello: Ispahan: Infiniment Citron and Carrément Chocolat from 6€.90

To order: 01 43 54 47 77

The World's Cuisine by the Thames.

To showcase global cuisine at top level Relais & Chateaux planned a World Tour Series. After Versailles and NYC, R&C super-chefs will gather in London to strut their stuff at historic Old Billingsgate. Overlooking the Thames at the heart of The City, this handsome Victorian building is part of London’s mercantile heritage which originally housed the world’s largest fish market.

Proceeds of the live and silent auctions will be donated to ACF International a humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Recognised as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger.  With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programmes in some 45 countries helping 7 million people each year.  On the night there's a Silent Auction and prizes will be offered by Relais & Châteaux members and chefs, as well as partners

List of some of the Grands Chefs London 2013:

Baqcuié Christophe, Hôtel du Castellet, France
Bertron Patrick, Le Relais Bernard Loiseau, France
Blanc Raymond, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, UK
Bosi Claude, Hibiscus, UK
Bühner Thomas, La Vie, Allemagne
Burge Martin, Whatley Manor, UK
Caines Michael, Gidleigh Park, UK
Cartwright Jonathan, The White Barn Inn & Spa, USA
Charial Jean-André, Oustau de Baumanière & Spa, France
Chen Lanshu, Le Moût Restaurant, Taiwan
Chibois Jacques, La Bastide St Antoine, France
Coutanceau Christopher, Restaurant R. et C. Coutanceau, France
Devalkeneer Pascal, Chalet de la Foret, Belgium
Fairlie Andrew, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, UK
Féolde Annie, Enoteca Pinchiorri, Italy
Janse Margot, Le Quartier Français, South Africa
Kayser Michel, Restaurant Alexandre, France
Klein Jean-Georges, L’Arnsbourg-Hôtel K, France
Meneau Marc et Pierre, L'Espérance, France

Diner des Grands Chefs:

Price per person : £650 (including taxes and drinks)
Table of 10 : £5,800 (including taxes and drinks)


Monday, 22nd April 2013, from 19.00

Old Billingsgate,
1 Old Billingsgate
16 Lower Thames Street
London EC3R 6DX
Price per person : £650 (including taxes and drinks)
Table of 10 : £5,800 (including taxes and drinks)

Terroir Parisien

Bravo to Yannick Alleno and his equipe of locavores at the perfect left-bank addy, Terroir Parisien.

Pudlo (+ de 2500 adresses) 2013 make TP “Bistro Moderne of the Year”. Décor by Wilmotte, sit at the counter for a jambon beurre or a planche de charcuterie et petit patés by Gilles Vero, a glass of red or, à table for breakfast, a 3-course lunch/dinner. During the week le plat du jour is 15€. Don't leave without tasting Brioche “Nanterre” perdue, glace vanille. Or the sensational puffed Bouchée au vent de volaille, sauce supréme. The herbs and veg come direct from above – Alleno's heaven - a rooftop potager which you can privatise for a quiet evening with Ashton. Stay tuned for news of a second TP at Palais Brogniart at La Bourse.

Terroir Parisien,
rue Saint Victor, 5th
M: Maubert-Mutualité,
T: 01 44 31 54 54

Open 7/7



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