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BBPA - Bringing British beer to the world’s best chefs

On 23/04/13 by Sophie McIntyre

Members of the BBPA team spent their Monday with Raymond Blanc and friends - tutoring some of the world’s best chefs about the diversity and quality of British beer.

As part of the annual Dîner des Grands Chefs, held in Paris and New York in previous years, Raymond Blanc hosted Grands Chefs from around the world at his mind-blowing Michelin starred restaurant, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, in Oxfordshire. Raymond invited his culinary contemporaries to his Great British Farmers' Market event to sample the wares of his favourite British producers. The Frenchman entertained his guests with morris dancing, Cornish singing and a fiery address to the haggis as he encouraged his overseas guests to celebrate British cuisine and culture. A perfect opportunity to spread the word about British beer...

Squeezed between towers of cheese and freshly shucked oysters, the team, lead by Beer Sommelier, Steve Livens, leapt on the opportunity to introduce members’ beers to some of the world’s finest culinary brains and palates. There was a great deal of interest in the spread on offer, in terms of both food matching and the innovation and changes in the British market. Many of the overseas visitors were in particular awe of the selection on offer, with many curious about beers such as porter – not common in Italy, or wheat beer – not often associated with Britain, for example.

Throughout the afternoon, Steve spoke at length about various brews, hops, malts and food combinations with, to name but a few: Claude Bosi, Michael Caines MBE, Lanshu Chen, Patrick Bertron and Patrick Henriroux – as well as Messieur Blanc himself.

All in all a fantastic showcase for British beer!


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