You, too, can cook like Paul Bocuse!

Sometimes in my travels, I run across things that I simply must share with the Bon Appétit Culinary Center community. Last week as the final days of summer came to a close on the French Riviera, I took a stroll through Cannes, a sparkling city by the sea, famed for its film festival and beach life.

IMG_1539 (Large) This famous building mural in Cannes celebrates the film festival. It reminds me that one of America’s greatest exports is our entertainment. As I studied the mural, my eyes caught a billboard advertising Le Bonne Cuisine, authored by none other than Paul Bocuse.

IMG_1538 (Large)Chef Bocuse is considered one of the greatest chefs of his generation, and I recently managed the kitchen competition day for the Bocuse d’Or competition for the U.S. representative. Seeing him in an ad for his cookbooks made me smile, thinking about the cruise I spent with Chef Jacques Pépin that week and how I marvel at a master who shares his talents by teaching them to others. The generosity of a master who shares through teaching, well, it’s something that you don’t see a lot of in the culinary world.

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I hopped into a small bistro to have a plate of oysters and was not disappointed. I asked for the Belons and found out they were not in season. But not to worry – these local beauties did the trick! I followed them with some mussels and frites and a glass of Provence rosé. IMG_1536 (Large)
This evening I was alone, no friends or guest chefs to accompany the meal. So I broke out my new book, the Fishmongers Manual (a fabulous fabrication Bible) and settled in for a feast – Cannes style.

Bon appétit!




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