Rick Stein sets off on a new culinary adventure to search for France’s best kept gastronomic secrets in Denhams' new six part series, Rick Stein's Secret France, which starts on Tuesday 5th November at 9pm on BBC Two.
Roaming the length and breadth of the country in his car, Rick leaves the main routes and tourist hotspots behind to embark on a very personal road trip along picturesque and remote backroads. From the Normandy coastline and the Bay of the Somme to Provence, through the Champagne and Alsace regions and some of the lesser known ones including Jura, Auvergne, Perigord and Roussillon, he eats at both traditional and innovative restaurants, visits markets and delves into the local history. While Rick is no stranger to France, he encounters local chefs, farmers, artisans, vineyard owners and expats – all of whom reveal new insights into the country’s ever changing culture and cuisine.
In the first episode of the new series his journey begins in the Norman port of Dieppe with turbot straight off the boats followed by a forage for sea herbs along the Bay of the Somme, inspiring him to cook a memorable seafood gratin. He then heads for southern Champagne, loved by Renoir, whose wife also happened to be a formidable cook.
Rick Stein’s Secret France is produced by Denhams productions. Arezoo Farahzad is the executive producer. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two, and David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. Ricky Cooper is the Commissioning Executive.
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