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An Ode to Guy Martin, Chef of Le Grand Véfour

From his youth as a rugged boy in the mountains to his position at the heights and forefront of French cuisine in Paris, Guy...

An Investigation into Nasti Business in Kaysersberg, Alsace

Olivier Nasti may sound like the name of a villainous cartoon character, mean, bony, bitter and solitary, but the Olivier Nasti I met in the town of Kaysersberg in Alsace is a charming, round-cheeked chef and businessman with a strong sense family. Seven miles northwest of Colmar, in one of the small, colorful tourist-friendly towns along the Alsace wine route,...

Chef Talk: A Lunchtime Cooking Class at Atelier Guy Martin

A class at the cooking workshop of chef Guy Martin In the context of my investigations into the Parisian culinary world of the great French chef. Video.

Drome Provencale: Eat Like a Sixth Grader, Drink Like a Wine Enthusiast, Part 1...

This 3-part article received the 2013 GOLD AWARD for best culinary travel article written for the internet, awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association. * * *Part 1: In which the author has lunch at a middle school cafeteria in the Provencal town of Nyons, realizes that he can’t remember anything from sixth grade and goes to talk to the principal.

Three Reasons to Experience a Remarkable Chef: Part 2

Symbols, stars, numbers, and other restaurant rating systems can provide a culinary relief map of a city, but they’re inadequate in revealing the particular...

Profiles in Provence: Passionate Purveyors of Fine Food and Drink in Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Whether they're offering coffee, chocolate, wine, friendly service or a well-cooked meal, encountering passionate purveyors of fine food and drinks is one of great delights of travel in France—a good reason to seek them wherever we go, in this case Avignon and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in Provence.

A Chef’s world: Exploring the Universe of Guy Martin

Investigated the culinary universe of Guy Martin, chef of Grand Vefour, one of the most recognizable names of high gastronomy in Paris.

Fast Food Improves on France’s Fast Train

Once known in culinary circles for its chewy, wilted, nearly empty sandwiches, the French national railway company SNCF has reconsidered the food offerings on the nation’s high speed trains, the TGV, and given an upgrade to its snack bar menu and to the meal boxes available in the first class cars.

Three Reasons to Experience a Remarkable Chef: Part I

Symbols, stars, numbers, and other restaurant rating systems can provide a culinary relief map of a city, but they’re inadequate in revealing the particular...

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