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James Martin's French Adventure

  • Episode: 

    16 of 20

  • Title: 

    16 to 20
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 20 Feb 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    3.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 08 2017 : Sat 18 Feb - Fri 24 Feb
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  • Status: 

    Last in series
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 16: Monday 20th February at 3pm
In episode 16, James visits the historic Pegasus Bridge in Normandy. James sets up his mobile kitchen in one of the many Calvados orchards in the area, to make a dish of artichokes with hollandaise. James also visits restaurant Le Pavé d’Auge in one of the most beautiful towns in France, to see a chef who likes to cook with as much butter as him.
Episode 17: Tuesday 21st February at 3pm
In episode 17, James visits Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, peeking inside his kitchen, James sets up his own mobile kitchen nearby to cook a delicious dish of crab and dulse. Later down the road, Eric Guerin serves James pike, one of Monet’s favourite ingredients, at his restaurant Le Jardin des Plumes. Also, in a nearby orchard, on the day of their annual harvest, James cooks an autumnal treat of apple doughnuts. 
Episode 18: Wednesday 22nd February at 3pm
In episode 18, James arrives in the French capital and one of his favourite cities in the world, Paris.  Well known for its love affair with the baguette, James learns about the Poilane Bakery, that dates back to 1932, which specialises in sourdough. Paris is home to both artisans and fine dining and James is lucky enough to visit the kitchens of world renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire. 
Episode 19: Thursday 23rd February at 3pm
In episode 19, James visits the golden palace of Versailles and its food market, where James shops for some ingredients for his first dish – sole Veronique, which he cooks at the King’s allotment, the Potager du Roi. Travelling to the East of Versailles, James meets chocolatier Patrick Roger who makes sculptures out of chocolate before casting them in bronze or aluminium. 
Episode 20: Friday 24th February at 3pm
In episode 20, to finish his French adventure, James visits the Bois de Boulogne, a park on the outskirts of Paris and it’s race day at the Auteuil Hippodrome. There James meets a fellow-Yorkshireman and champion jockey James Revelly. James also pays a visit to the Michelin-starred Pré Catalan restaurant and enjoys his favourite meal of the trip.