Oops! I dropped the lemon tart

Je n’avais pas ressenti une telle jouissance culinaire télévisuelle depuis Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Cinquante-quatre minutes à lécher l’écran des yeux, grâce à la récente série documentaire de Netflix, Chef’s Table.

Le premier épisode, dédié au chef Massimo Bottura de l’Osteria Francescana de Modène (3-étoiles Michelin), s’ouvre sur le tremblement de terre de 2012 en Emilie-Romagne, la détresse économique des producteurs de parmesan, la solution originale suggérée par le chef.

Quelle magnifique histoire d’amour, aussi.

C’est bien écrit, superbement filmé, et le premier opus de cette série semble suggérer une réflexion profonde sur le sens de la cuisine, le désir d’une agriculture responsable, le rapport entre tradition et modernité.

Here are six tortellini, you have to respect each one.

A suivre, sans modération.

Je dédie ce post à mon ami Giorgio Ricco, co-fondateur de La Belle Assiette, fin connaisseur et amoureux des bons produits de son Italie natale. Lorsqu’il y a trois ans Stephen Leguillon et Giorgio Ricco ont fondé le service de chefs à domicile La Belle Assiette, ils ont souhaité mettre en avant le talent des chefs, la qualité de la cuisine et la simplicité de la relation directe avec le client, pour nous faire retrouver le plaisir de recevoir.

Excellente occasion pour rappeler que c’est le moment de surprendre vos proches avec une expérience culinaire, un cadeau original, inoubliable: un Chef La Belle Assiette.

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L.T. Sachs est un membre du conseil de La Belle Assiette respectueux des tortellini.

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Londoners, I need your help !

Actually, I need your business.

La Belle Assiette — my beloved online booking platform of private chefs founded in Paris by Stephen Leguillon and Giorgio Ricco — recently launched in the UK.

Here’s how it works: a professional chef will shop, come to your place, cook and clean up, while you sit back and enjoy. Whether you are organising a dinner at home with friends, a corporate lunch for clients, a birthday brunch with family, La Belle Assiette will take care of everything.

Find a chef near you, talk about it to your friends and colleagues, and let me know how much you liked it!

Here is a glimpse of a recent dinner, prepared by Spanish chef César Fernandez, hosted by blogger Fiona Maclean from London Unattached and attended by other lifestyle bloggers in the city:

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CHEF CÉSAR FERNANDEZ. PHOTO BY LONDON UNATTACHED.

London Unattached: No Fuss Entertaining at Home – La Belle Assiette

As host, Fiona was initially a little nervous about whether her “quirky kitchen” would be a suitable environment for a professional chef. But she was pleased to see César take everything in his stride. “I was impressed. He really didn’t seem to have any problems with my odd assortment of pots and pans”. Having a pro in her own kitchen showed Fiona what was possible with the equipment she already has. Fiona enjoyed having guests in her own home while being free from worrying about the food and the cleaning up, with César even offering to mop the floor afterwards! “And of course the great thing about eating at home is that you don’t have taxi fares to pay or corkage on your wine.”

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Helen from Fuss Free Flavours enjoyed the entire “splendid” La Belle Assiette experience: “great food, convivial company, without any of the niggles and annoyances of going out to eat.”

Luxury Columnist: Your Personal Private Chef with La Belle Assiette

“Up to now having your own personal private chef has been the preserve of a select few… La Belle Assiette aims to change all that, making it far more accessible to all.” Suze from Luxury Columnist was particularly impressed by how La Belle Assiette democratises private dining and makes it possible for more people to experience a private chef looking after everything from shopping, to preparing the meal, to table service, and cleaning up.

French Yummy Mummy: If you don’t have it, fake it

While blogger Muriel might be French, she admits to not really enjoying cooking. So she was surprised and delighted to learn about the service La Belle Assiette offers. “The chef will prepare everything, cook, and clean for you. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy your guests instead of slaving away in the kitchen. Why hadn’t anyone told me?”

So here I am, telling you!

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L.T. Sachs is a greedy member of La Belle Assiette board.

La Belle Assiette: Guten Tag Deutschland

What a joy it is to utter these few words: La Belle Assiette is now in Germany. Let your friends know!

As an entrepreneur, entering a new market is an intense moment. Our team is already at work in Hamburg, surrounded by a community of chefs committed to developing our service.

The German market seems particularly favorable for the La Belle Assiette concept. In fact, the “eat out at home” idea was born in Germany, setting a trend for having dinner parties at home, without spending a minute in the kitchen. La Belle Assiette has been met with increasing demand in this highly receptive market. With the German branch of La Belle Assiette taking its first steps in Hamburg, we plan to move forward quickly with nationwide expansion.

Our arrival in Germany is a perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of our values. Founded by two ESCP Europe alumni, our goal was to grow La Belle Assiette into an international company. We will continue to offer a service of the same high quality we have established in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the UK. Our aim remains the same wherever we are: to offer a hassle-free dining experience from the comfort of home.

I want to thank you, the La Belle Assiette community, for your continued support and for getting us to where we are today.

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L.T. Sachs is the echte Feinschmecker of La Belle Assiette board.

It’s not just about food, it’s about a car ride with Yannick Alléno.

In November 1995, a series of general strikes against the new French government’s agenda was paralyzing the country’s transportation. There was no postal service, no bus, no metro. At the time, I was working at Smith Barney, Place Vendôme, and every morning I would hitch a ride to work. One morning a car stopped and the driver told me he was on his way to Drouant, where he was “chef adjoint”. His name: Yannick Alléno.

Yannick Alléno got his first Michelin star in 1999 and his second in 2002. In 2003, he took over the kitchens of Le Meurice -my old stomping ground for entertaining clients- where he received a second Michelin star in 2004, and a third in 2007. After 10 years, he left Le Meurice for Ledoyen.

Chef Alléno strives to reinvent sauces, “the expression of an evolved cuisine”, the French culinary exception. Over the years, he has perfected a technique of extractions that results in intense and ultra-pure “jus” that celebrate great products. At the beginning of the month, Chef Alléno was once again crowned with three Michelin stars.

Today, I tip my hat to a great Chef, and a good sport.

Yannick Alleno in front of Ledoyen.

Yannick Alleno and staff.

La Belle Assiette chefs may not be as decorated as Yannick Alléno, but I’m sure a private chef experience would make a great Valentine’s Day dinner.

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L.T. Sachs is a sauce-loving member of La Belle Assiette board.

Vacances romaines

J’ai participé il y a quelques semaines à Paris au dîner de validation La Belle Assiette de la chef italienne et Food Interpreter Eleonora Galasso.

Au menu : Bellini vénitien, Friselle des Pouilles avec tomates, câpres et origan de Pantelleria, Poivrons jaunes à l’aigre-douce aux amandes avec mozzarella, Pasta alla Norma palermitaine (j’en ai repris deux fois), et Tiramisu de Trevise.

Qu’est-ce qui fait la réussite d’un dîner? L’hôte évidemment, le lien qu’il sait créer, l’alliance qui se forme entre les convives, et bien sur, la cuisine…

Originaire de Rome et du sud de l’Italie, Eleonora Galasso se présente comme une interprète du savoir-faire culinaire familial de son pays. Elle sait raconter, en quatre langues, les traditions anciennes, l’origine des plats et des tours de main, qu’elle replace avec modernité dans leur contexte historique, artistique et social. J’ai aussi apprécié son amour des bons produits, des tomates et des épices rares, qu’elle va chercher régulièrement chez les producteurs.

Je me suis senti en vacances romaines. Pas comme un touriste mais comme un invité privilégié, heureux de partager le temps d’une soirée à la maison les secrets des habitants cultivés de la Ville Eternelle.

Nos chefs italiens La Belle Assiette. Et pourquoi ne pas offrir un chef cadeau ?

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L.T. Sachs est membre glouton du conseil de La Belle Assiette.

It’s not just about food. It’s about Thanksgiving (and Christmas).

Thanksgiving. My favorite all-American tradition.

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My clients were US Equity asset managers. Every year, we would receive some of them and their spouses for a proper French-American Thanksgiving extravaganza at home. Foie gras, turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes. Cheese and dessert. Lots of wine.

Between the shopping, the cooking, the carving and the service, it was a full day’s work. As much as I loved my clients and preparing dinner for them, I would have enjoyed to have it all taken care of by a private chef. Actually, it may have been the very reason why I funded La Belle Assiette.

And when I think about it, the same goes for Christmas: in the next few weeks, I’m going to stress about Christmas shopping. Not my favorite. Traffic jams, angry crowds, endless queueing. Consumerism in full display.

As I grow older, I may care more about experiencing than about having. In the act of gifting, I would rather offer a private chef experience to those I love than a little blue, red, or orange box.

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L.T. Sachs is a jolly member of La Belle Assiette board.