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James Martin's French Adventure

  • Episode: 

    11 of 20

  • Title: 

    11 to 15
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 13 Feb 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    3.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 07 2017 : Sat 11 Feb - Fri 17 Feb
  • Channel: 

    ITV
Series overview
 
TV chef James Martin is set to star in brand new food travel series on ITV, journeying through France to the locations that inspired his culinary career and paying homage to his culinary hero Keith Floyd.
 
Holidaying and studying in France as a teenager, the country was influential in establishing James’ love for food. Hitting the open road on a journey of nostalgia, the new series follows James as he retraces the memorable TV trip his food hero Keith Floyd once took 30 years ago, while also visiting the places that carved his culinary beginnings.
 
Exploring and sampling the very best in French cuisine, James’ journey starts in Provence and continues onto Perigord, Burgundy, Alsace, Pay Basque and Brittany, all the while stopping to produce his own versions of the iconic dishes he finds on location.
 
Paying homage to his role model, chef Keith Floyd, James travels the length and breadth of the country in Floyd’s very own Citroen 2CV which he owned for 16 years, as he rediscovers the food and the country closest to his and his old friend’s heart.
 
Episode 11: TX: Monday 13th February at 3pm
 
In the eleventh episode, James’s journey takes him to the glitz and glamour of St. Tropez. Cooking, in true St Tropez style, aboard a yacht, James makes the most of the local seafood cooking ‘en papillote’. Also taking a local tour, James learns how Brigitte Bardot transformed the town from a quiet fishing village to an international hotspot, and he drops in on an old friend, Michel Roux, for a special barbeque with ingredients from Michel’s garden. 
 
Episode 12: TX: Tuesday 14th February at 3pm
 
In episode 12, James visits the bustling Provencal port of Marseille and starts the day in the old port where the fishermen are selling fresh seafood on the back of their boats. Venturing into town James visits Marseille’s oldest bakery, famous for the Navette biscuit. James also takes his beloved 2CV to the world famous Circuit Paul Ricard to cook his take on Piperade.
 
Episode 13: TX: Wednesday 15th February at 3pm
 
In episode 13, James arrives in the distinct and diverse region of The Camargue. He begins his exploration at Les Marquises, the Laurent family’s farm, where James learns all about the Camargue Bull. We also see how the region is famous for fleur de sel - a delicate salty crust, which forms on the surface of seawater and is hand harvested in the waters of Aigues Mortes. James visits a rice farm where owner, Jacques, shows him around the paddy
fields and later cooks James a risotto using his own rice-brewed beer. 
 
Episode 14: TX: Thursday 16th February at 3pm
 
In episode 14, James’s adventure brings him to the city of Arles, famous for its Roman architecture and a sport with bulls where young daredevils play a dangerous game. It’s also home to the largest market in Provence, and James sets up his mobile kitchen there to cook a dish of John Dory with tomatoes, courgettes and clams, bought from the market stalls around him. James also takes a trip to award-winning wine producer Chateau Romanin gets James to change his thinking on the merits of rosé wine. 
 
Episode 15: TX: Friday 17th February at 3pm
 
In episode 15, James arrives in the adopted home of his food hero Keith Floyd, the riverside town of Isle Sur La Sorgue, where Floyd once had a restaurant. Buying produce from its floating market, and a Floyd-style hat, James sets up his mobile kitchen on a bridge overlooking the river, and cooks peaches pain perdu in the sunshine. Heading back in the direction of Isle Sur La Sorgue, James samples some truffle-laden dishes at renowned restaurant La Beaugraviere.