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The First Master Chef: Michel Roux on Escoffier
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Georges Auguste Escoffier is a legendary figure among chefs and gourmets. At the end of the 19th century the French chef transformed French cuisine, elevating it to an art form and turning him into the Heston Blumenthal of his day. But, as well as bringing glamour and drama to his food, Escoffier also revolutionised professional kitchen practices, made it acceptable for respectable women to dine in public and gave the world the peach melba (among other dishes).
Michel Roux Jr says he owes his whole career to Escoffier and so pays homage to him in this satisfying documentary by tracing his path to culinary stardom. Along the way he tastes some of Escoffier’s extravagant recipes in various grand restaurants, including the Savoy where in the late 1800s many of his dishes were created. In fact Michel has so many fine dining experiences, you’ll end up with a rumbling stomach and a twinge of envy.
Michel Roux Jr profiles his culinary hero, Georges Auguste Escoffier, who established restaurants in grand hotels around the world, where the most glamorous figures of the day would mix. As well as taking a look at some of the chef's most delicious dishes, he investigates claims that the cook was fired from his job at the Savoy after eight years for wining and dining potential investors in his new business at the hotel's expense.
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