Airing across the week Monday to Friday at 3.00pm and premiering on Monday 30 January on ITV, James Martin’s French Adventure sees the chef heading to the country which inspired his love of food. He starts his odyssey in St Emilion, visiting the legendary Chateau legendary Chateau Cheval Blanc to cook his first dish and sample a glass or two. Then he goes back to the kitchens of L’Hostellerie Plaisance, where he worked as a lad more than 30 years ago.
On Tuesday, James is on the Canal du Midi. Starting in historic Carcassonne, he joins the mass of tourists taking in the sites and cooks a delicious fish stew on the banks of the canal and treats the crew to that classic French dish, moules mariniere. Wednesday’s episode finds him in Languedoc, famous for its wine and the hearty meaty dish, cassoulet. Thursday sees James travel on to Charente, in the heart of the Cognac region.
Inspired by a visit to a distillery, James uses cognac for his first al fresco cook. He then follows in the footsteps of the Queen Mother and pays a visit to Chateau Venteuil, home of the de La Rochefoucauld family. In the shadow of their chateau, James meets a miller who still uses traditional methods to make award-winning brioche loaves. Finally, in the Dordogne for Friday’s episode, James makes a delicious summer pudding and goes hunting for black truffles which he then cooks with duck back home.
James Martin’s French Adventure airs Monday-Friday at 3.00pm on ITV from Monday 30 January 2017.