One thing to do before to die: a dinner by the Pope....of the cuisine! Paul Bocuse
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For an exceptional event (our wedding anniversary and the Birthday of my friend Raymond,hubby of Catherine,Catherine69 on TB) we went to a gourmet temple,the Michelin guide three stars restaurant of Paul Bocuse,called L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Collonges au Mont d'Or,a village 7 km far from Lyon on the banks of the river Saône.
We were lucky to be welcommed by the pope of gastronomy himself( it was a great moment of emotion for us),a legend with an unbroken run of 51 years of three Michelin stars and later in the dining-room by his spouse Raymonde,a model of discretion.
We had there a very traditional and classic French menu called "Menu Bourgeois" and drank a Viognier Pied de Saumon 2007.I had a Maine lobster salad,a turbot with Champagne sauce and a sweetbread with crayfish.
THE MAN AND THE COOK PAUL BOCUSE.
As a French,as a foodie,as a man:),this master cook and womanizer,83 years old is for me a one off,a historical figure,a god!
He was born on the 11th February in Collonges au Mont d'Or into a family line of cooks dating back to the 17th century.He was one of the founders of a new lighter style of cooking which came to be called "nouvelle cuisine" and which avoids the use of heavy creams and butter sauces,using market-fresh food and emphasizing natural textures and flavors.Being one of the first chef to emerge from his kitchen,he then became an ambassador of French cuisine travelling around the world in particular in Japan and USA ,giving classes,starting restaurants and culinary insititutions,writing cook books like La Cuisine du Marché in 1976.
In 1975 for the French Président Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ,he created the world famous truffle soup for a presidential dinner at Elysee Palace,this soup V.G.E is still served in his restaurant.
Since 1987,his annual award Bocuse d'Or is one of the most coveted in gastronomy and sometimes seen as the unofficial championship for chefs.
He heads his own private cooking school and has ownership of numerous restaurants in France (6 in Lyon) and abroad (USA,Japan).
In the book Le Feu Sacré (the sacred fire), of Eve-Marie Zizza-Lalu,daughter of one of his long term mistress and brought up by him,he relates for the first time his fabulous destiny and culinary career,the entire story of the nouvelle cuisine,recipes and reveals details of his private life :for many years he has been living with three women and maintaining 3 households"I do what every man dreams of"
PAUL BOCUSE AND THE USA (to day is the 65th anniversary of the D Day)
He was enlisted in 1944 in the First French division and was badly shot in Alsace and treated in an American field hospital where he received several transfusions of American blood.
Perhaps that's the reason why the American flag is raised in front of his restaurant ?
L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges open all the year 12-1330 and 20-2130
40 rue de la Plage F. 69960 Collonges au Mont d'or
TEL:33 (0) 472429090
on his site: www.bocuse.fr there are lots of RECIPES