An attractive historic town built on the banks of the River Eure which became part of the French kingdom in the 13th century. Once a town of tanneries, Chartres is now an agricultural centre. We visit ancient wash house from the middle ages, chateaux, lavender fields, the farming district and see perfume, cheese and candy making.
Recipes include: Foie Gras aux Abricots, Joue de Cochon (pig's cheeks) and Cheese Curdling.
In the most northern part of the Loire Valley is the town of Chartres. The landmark of Chartres is its spectacular cathedral, Notre Dame, now 800 years old, and considered to be a triumph of gothic art. The cathedral is also famous for its numerous stained glass windows. Cartres remains as one of those special towns in France which will give us a graphic insight into the medieval world.
A gastronomic speciality from the nearby town of Voves is pigs cheeks and then onto the town of Tours for a Foie Gras recipe with a difference.
Here in the heart of the Loire Valley making perfume is a very old tradition as is its production of goat cheese and fine wine. This show also includes two recipes from a very special candy maker whose secrets go back nearly 200 years.
Set in Paris and Provincial France against a scenic background, this series of shows features the preparation of a wide selection of traditional dishes and desserts prepared in their own kitchens personally by many of France's top three star Michelin Chefs: Pierre Troisgros, Paul Boucouse, George Blanc, Marc Menau, Andre Le Letty, Jean-Michel Lorain and other outstanding regional chefs.