James Martin on France

Living France - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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