Monday, August 27, 2012
This is my good friend Claude Patry with the French Minister of Culture Jacques Lang. This photo was taken on the 3rd of March 1986.
I worked with Claude in Egypt in 1974 and we later got to now each other in Paris in the late 70's. I worked with him in Roger Verge's restaurant ' Le Moulin de Mougins' and stayed with him and his future wife when I was there. I was at his wedding, we ate in Paul Bocuse's restaurant with his parents and my girlfriend at the time. If only I could find the photos. We were two of a group who stayed in touch over all these years even though our paths have gone in different directions.
Were we a stable of racehorses Claude would be the ultimate thoroughbred. He has a pedigree from all the finest restaurants in France. He even worked for Bocuse before he was well known and he has the photos to prove it.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
The reason I put this up here is it reminds me of the great meal that Phyllis prepared in her place during the visit to Ireland in 1998 or so. It was a great dinner and I don't really know if I ever thanked her or told her how much I appreciated it at the time. She made a roast lamb and I could see that she had put a lot of work into the preparation of it. Sometimes we forget how much effort goes into such a nice meal. I still remember it.