Posts Tagged ‘food’

Here’s proof that you don’t to go all the way to Cornwall to get great fish and chips. Tasted at a dinner in the wonderfully renovated Chateau Soutard in Saint Emilion – but the chef was trained in England !


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The food in Mauritius is fabulous, everyone will tell you that. Just like the culture, the cuisine is a wonderful and unique blend of indian, african, asian and european resulting in great creole dishes such as Rougaille, vindaye and roti. These plus the great sea food, tropical fruit, palm hearts, game and even locally grown tea and coffee (don’t get me started on the rum) make it a foodie paradise. However even the most adventurous gourmet is always happy to sample some excellent pasta and, guess what, Mauritius has that too.

Enrico Rodati is the executive chef of the Heritage Resorts on the unspoilt south coast of the island, as his names implies of italian original and this has obviously influenced his staff. Last night chef Carl Rheeroo invited us into the kitchens of Annabella’s at the Telfair resort to experience the chef’s table. He prepared a pasta fest, step by step, right before our eyes, using local ingredients with a very italian twist.

Chef Carl starts the preparations

Pumpkin and potato gnocchi with scallops in a turmeric sauce, raviolis stuffed with local vegetables, papardelle with the beautiful local Camarons (giants prawns) and vielle rouge mal tagiatti.

Preparing the ravioli.

Et voila !

All this in the buzzing atmosphere of the kitchens during the dinner service and accompanied by italian wines chosen by sommelier Olivier Gastal-Pinach and tasted in the quieter tasting room just off the kitchens.

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Tucked away in the Derbyshire Dales a discreet stone’s throw for the magnificent Devinshire family pile of Chatsworth is the perfect English Country House Hotel : Baslow Hall. Looking for all it’s worth like a classic 17th century manor House, Baslow was in fact only built in 1907 recreating gabled wings and stone mullioned windows with leaded panes all set in beautifully mature gardens adding to the period image.

Max and Susan Fischer now run Baslow Hall as a hotel, or rather as a restaurant with rooms as the emphasis is just as much on the excellence of the cuisine as the warmth of the welcome.

Hence it is known as Fischers at Baslow Hall. Local produce including fruit, veg and herbs from the kitchen garden beside the house which is Max Fischer’s passion. Local Sheffield chef Rupert Rowley has run the kitchens since 2003 and has maintained the one star Michelin standard awarded in 1994. All this complimented by a very comprehensive, reasonably priced and I’m happy to say, Bordeaux friendly wine list.

The perfect English country house getaway for our French friends.


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