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.
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.