Raymond Blanc

About Raymond Blanc

French-born Raymond Blanc is often hailed as one of the world's finest chefs, famous for his inspired French food and his relentless drive for perfection.

After trying jobs as a nurse and a factory worker, Raymond decided at age 21 that he would love to enter the restaurant world. He worked his way up the ranks, first washing dishes in a restaurant in France, then as a waiter at The Rose Revived near Oxford. After a year there, he was promoted to chef.

At the age of 28, Raymond opened his own restaurant, the highly acclaimed and awarded Les Quat' Saisons in Oxford. In 1984 he relocated to a country house in Great Milton to create Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, a hotel, restaurant and cookery school . The author of several books, including Cooking for Friends and Foolproof French Cookery, Raymond Blanc was also the mentor and judge of BBC2's 'The Restaurant' series.