Rick Stein's Secret France

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Rick Stein's Secret France

Series 1 - Episode 2



The fact that Rick Stein likes his food is clearly a truism, but when did he become so impatient for his nosh? “What are we having for lunch?” he eagerly asks two of his hosts in the latest stage of his voyage around France, interrupting their wine chat. Hold your chevaux, Rick, all in good time.

Lord knows where he puts it all. During one stop off at a fabulous rustic diner devoted to cheese, he orders eight (yes, eight) cheese-based dishes, one after the other. It’s fromage heaven.

Wherever he goes, whether it’s to small, family-run wineries or to tiny bars in the middle of nowhere, he’s greeted with warmth and enthusiasm. And food and wine. Lucky thing.


The chef continues his `journey without maps', leaving the main routes and tourist hotspots behind to embark on a personal road trip along picturesque and remote backroads. Here, he heads through France's eastern border regions of Alsace and Jura - famous for Comte cheese and home to his favourite French dish of choucroute garni. He then begins to head inland, visiting Burgundy for a memorable glass of Auxey-Duresses wine, and sampling oeuf en meurette with a difference. Following a memorable Sunday lunch near the French/Swiss border, he is inspired to recreate a traditional blueberry tart.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Rick Stein
Editor Adam De Wan
Executive Producer Arezoo Farahzad
Producer David Pritchard
Lifestyle Food