French Food Safari is a celebration of exquisite French cuisine in all its delicious complexity, filmed around Australia and France.
French Food Safari also gains access to the elusive rock star of bread Jean-Luc Poujaran, who works in an ancient cellar below the streets of Paris; plus the wood-fired oven of baker Poilâne, whose bread is flown daily to New York and Tokyo; there is an extensive, and of course delicious, tasting of some of France’s best cheeses with affineur Laurent Dubois; and a visit to the labyrinthine tunnels in which Champagne’s finest bottles mature.
Maeve and Guillaume enjoy the thrill of the chase amongst groves of oak trees with a truffle dog and the Pebeyre family who are the kings of truffles in Perigord. The series also explores the beautifully aromatic world of Maison du Chocolat where oceans of liquid chocolate are transformed into exquisite sweet delights.
Australia’s crème de la crème of French inspired chefs also feature in this mouth-watering series, sharing their wisdom and recipes – including Shannon Bennett (Vue du Monde), Philippe Mouchel (pm24), Warren Turnbull (Assiette, District Dining), Mark Best (Marque), Jacques Reymond (Jacques Reymond’s Cuisine du Temps), Serge Dansereau (Bathers Pavillion); Chui Lee Luk (Claude’s), Tony Bilson (Bilson’s), Damien Pignolet (Bistro Moncur), Geraud Fabre (France Soir), Robert Molines (Bistro Molines), Gabriel Martin (Metropolis), Romeo Baudouin (Victor Churchill), Vincent Gadan (Patisse), and Pierrick Boyer (Le Petit Gâteau).
These leaders of French cookery share some of their favourite recipes, many of which are within range of home cooks. Learn how to create classics such as coq au vin, boeuf en croûte, vol au vent, salad niçoise, chicken grenobloise, terrine, croquembouche, soufflé and flan. As well, Guillaume Brahimi shares some of his own spectacular recipes for bouillabaisse, cassoulet, ratatouille, crème brulée and raspberry tart.