Luxury Grand Depart picnic baskets launched by Alain Ducasse trained ‘French Chef at Home’

July 2nd, 2014 Posted by In the Press No Comment yet

Alain Ducasse trained ‘French Chef At Home’ has launched authentic Gallic picnic baskets for those planning to watch the world’s best cyclists compete in the Tour de France’s Grand Depart Yorkshire this weekend.

Yves Quemerais, who relocated to Knaresborough in North Yorkshire from Paris to follow his wife’s dream of living in ‘God’s Own County’, has created an authentic French three-course feast for fine al fresco dining that costs £20 per person.

The chef de cuisine – who trained under acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse – has said it would be perfect for those wanting to watch the world’s greatest cycling race in style when it pulls into Yorkshire next month.

Highlights from the new fine dining picnic menu – all of which is homemade – include:

  • Olive bread
  • Duck paté with orange and Cognac with pickles.
  • Tomato salad with smoked scallops, langoustine, artichoke, pepper confit, asparagus, basil and spring onions, and a raspberry vinegar dressing served on the side
  • ‘Paris Best’, French choux pastry with praline mousseline cream and grilled almonds

Yves said: “The Tour de France is a fantastic spectacle and I am sure thousands of people will turn out to catch a glimpse of the world’s greatest cyclists such as Froome and Cavendish as they compete in the Grand Depart. In Yorkshire this weekend

“We are thrilled to see it come to Yorkshire and want people to be able to get into the spirit of things with an authentic French feast.”

Yves runs luxury catering company French Chef at Home, providing meals for special occasions, corporate functions or luxury nights in.

All food is made from scratch and either cooked on the premises or simply prepared, and delivered chilled to be reheated. Menus are bespoke and can be designed around a customer’s taste and ingredient preferences.

Yves does everything from smoking his own fish to baking his own breads and can cater for groups of up to 50 people. He uses organic produce where he can.

The 45-year-old moved to North Yorkshire with his wife Anne, 44, son Thomas, 17, and daughter Marie, 13.

He had been working in Paris as a private chef for governors, politicians and chief executives of large corporations – his most famous customer to date being Sir Richard Branson.

French Chef At Home can create menus to suit your occasion, from five course set menus to canapés or finger buffets. Prices start from £40 per person.

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