James Martin on France
LF: What did you most love about the time you spent in France? JM: Taking the time to enjoy fantastic food and wine, and enjoy the superb scenery. I really didn’t think it could be as beautiful as it is.
LF: How has France inspired your own culinary career? JM: My father was a wine importer in St-Émilion and when I was a kid I would go there with him. From the age of 12 I knew I wanted to work in a kitchen and what better cuisine than that of France to be inspired by? LF: What is your favourite French dish to cook? JM: An all-time favourite is a classic tarte Tatin. If it’s done properly, it’s absolutely delicious.
LF: Where was your favourite place on your trip and why? JM: Lake Annecy and L’Isle-surla-Sorgue. The scenery around Lake Annecy is so beautiful while L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has some wonderful floating markets.
LF: Do you think British and French attitudes differ when it comes to food? JM: Definitely. France always has and always will have this love affair with food and drink. The tables are turning in that being a British chef in France is now met with great encouragement.
LF: If you were to move to France, where would you live? JM: I developed a real love for Lake Annecy and I could definitely see myself buying a property there.
LF: Where is your favourite part of France?
JM: I really like the south-east – not St-Tropez – but up in the hills and mountains.
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...for James Martin’s recipe of pork with Vichy carrots, which he was inspired to make after visiting Jura.