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But to really learn, we also need to realize that the world is also a village. Discover the surroundings, the École d'Hotellerie in Poitiers, other restaurants in Tours and elsewhere, and then set off on an adventure. First of all, France: the Alps, Alsace, Brittany, the ocean, Toulouse, Paris. Then on to Germany, beginning with Lake Constance, my first post as a chef de rang: I was twenty-four, it was summer, and I went wandering on my bike among the vines, surrounded by the neat rows of Müller-Thurgau and Spätburgunder whose wonderful wines delighted tourists.

It was in England that I shifted gear, into a grand hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon: where better to learn the language of Shakespeare? Before swinging London, it was in any case the 90’s, full of glamour and tumult. Downtown, “the lights are much brighter there”, as Petula Clark sang (it’s actually about NY) as she crackled away on the Wurtlizer in the Poitou café. In Mayfair to begin with, in the ultra-private casino of the Aspinall’s Club, then at Rules, the mythical Covent Garden restaurant founded in 1798, the place where Dickens, Churchill and all the Princes of Wales have laid their napkin rings.

 

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