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James Martin's French Adventure

  • Episode: 

    1 of 20

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 30 Jan 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    3.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 05 2017 : Sat 28 Jan - Fri 03 Feb
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
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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. 
 
In the first episode, James arrives in Saint-Emilion where he holidayed with his family as a child and started his love affair with food and wine. James visits the hotel and kitchen in Saint-Emilion where he first worked and trained to be chef and also samples and prepares the foods so prominent to the area, including the perfect steak and original macaroons invented in 1620 - always accompanied by his favourite Saint-Emilion wine! 
 
Synopsis for further episodes w/c 30th January
 
Episode 2: TX: Tuesday 31st January at 3pm
 
In episode 2, James arrives in Canal Du Midi. Starting in historic Carcassonne, James cooks up a delicious fish stew on the banks of the canal and hops aboard a boat for a trip towards the coast. In exchange for a little work, he is treated to a traditional cuttlefish lunch cooked in the boat’s tiny kitchen before disembarking at L’Étang de Thau. There he treats the crew to a classic French dish, Moules Mariniere. 
 
Episode 3: TX: Wednesday 1st February at 3pm
 
In episode 3, James visits Languedoc, famous for its wine and the hearty meaty dish, cassoulet. Here James stays at an 18th century coach house where hosts Mike and Val cook the team a feast using local ingredients. James also treats himself to a wander around a museum dedicated to Citroën 2CVs and turns up the heat with a steak cooked on a barbecue in the blazing sunshine. 
 
Episode 4: TX: Thursday 2nd February at 3pm
 
In episode 4 James Martin’s French Adventures takes him to picturesque Charente. He starts his journey in the heart of the Cognac region and inspired by a visit to a local distillery, James uses Cognac for his first al fresco cook. He also follows in the footsteps of the Queen Mother to pay a visit to Chateau Venteuil, home of the De La Rochefoucald family. 
 
Episode 5: TX: Friday 3rd February at 3pm
 
In episode 5, James arrives in the Dordogne, famous for its traditional hearty cuisine, buried treasures and a love of all things duck! Exploring the Dordogne, James tastes three local specialities all cooked for him by the Auberge owner, British ex pat Chris. After lunch Chris hunts for another local icon, the black truffle, which he uses in his next recipe.