Sacre Bleu! TV chef to serve up festival treat in Thame

Raymond Blanc is one of the festival's patrons
Raymond Blanc is one of the festival's patrons

CELEBRITY TV chef Raymond Blanc will be one of the highlights of this weekend’s Thame Food Festival and he has told The Thame Gazette how much he enjoys the ‘great family event’.

CELEBRITY TV chef Raymond Blanc will be one of the highlights of this weekend’s Thame Food Festival and he has told The Thame Gazette how much he enjoys the ‘great family event’.

As one of the patrons of the much anticipated food festival Raymond and a team of chefs from his restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, in nearby Great Milton, will be preparing a three course meal in 40 minutes on the day.

Speaking about his involvement in the festival he said: “Whilst many of our Le Manoir guests travel from far afield, we are passionate about being part of the local community and are very proud to be part of the Thame festival.”

Raymond said he often comes to Thame and is here at least once a month.

“I have been a customer of Newitts the Butchers for many years and The Thatch has remained a great place to dine right in the heart of the town.

“I guess I am in Thame every month – always slow to approach, of course, with the police camera guiding our way into town.”

Raymond spoke highly of the food festival and said he was looking forward to being involved.

“The food festival is a convivial event that brings the community together to celebrate local produce and show off all that this luscious region has to offer.

“I always look forward to meeting local suppliers and specialist growers.

“It is a great family day. It is a chance to showcase the many talented chefs in the area.

“Mark Peregrine, director of The Raymond Blanc Cookery School, will host a cookery demonstration.

“The street entertainment is always full of energy and fun.”

The festival kicks off this Saturday and the self taught French chef will be signing copies of his latest book, Kitchen Secrets, on the Le Manoir stand from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

He said: “Thame has been my neighbour for more than 30 years. It is a lovely little market town, full of character and charm.

“Over the years it has been the home to so many of my team, there is a strong sense of community.”

For more information about Raymond and Le Manoir visit www.manoir.com

Visit wwwthamefoodfestival.co.uk for food festival info or see page 29 for our full preview of the event.