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L'Oustau De Baumanière, Les Baux de Provence, France

A chic country retreat, L'Oustau De Baumanière is located in the middle of the lavender fields and the odours of sun-drenched vegetation, of the giant sunflowers and the green grapeyards, rise up high from the unique rocks of the Baux de Provence, a charming medieval village overhanging the valley. 
Founded by his grandfather, Raymond Thuillier, l' Ousteau de Beaumanière is an earthly paradise, heaven on earth, where André Charial brings Provence to your delicate palates, with such dishes such as his mouth-watering lamb square, or his lobster salad with white beans freshly picked from the kitchen garden, and to finish, his famous orange-soufflé pancakes. 
A commune in the Bouches-du-Rhone department in southern France in the province of Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence is spectacularly located in the Alpilles Mountains atop a rocky outcrop overlooking plains and crowned with a ruined castle. The name of the village comes from the aluminum ore Bauxite, which was discovered in the area in 1821. The commune Bouches comes from the Provencal term for rocky spur, bauç.
A very attractive and picturesque village, Les-Baux-de-Provence is a popular tourist destination with a rich royal history, just minutes away from Arles, Avignon and Saint Rémy de Provence. The medieval village is made of rocks, stone and cobblestone and has plenty of terrace cafes and souvenir shops. One of the finest places to dine here is at LâOustau de Baumanière. 
Famed for its French cuisine, LâOustau de Baumanière is a luxurious five-star hotel and gastronomic restaurant with clienteles that include celebrities like Pierre Arditi, Bono, Hugh Grant, Jean Reno, crime-writer San Antonio, and Queen Elizabeth. A legend in its own right, LâOustau de Baumanière has been around for over 60 years and is now managed by Chef Jean-André Charial and wife Geneviève. The two-Michelin starred restaurant serves French haute cuisine featuring foie gras, caviar, and a wide array of premiers grands crus.
L'Oustau De Baumanière, Les Baux de...
L'Espérance, Marc Meneau

An old mill transformed into a luxurious place for indulging in the finest haute cuisine, L'Espérance by Chef Marc Meneau is set in twelve acres of parkland surrounded by brooks in the medieval town of Vézelay, a Unesco World Heritage site that has charmed poets, artists, and kings throughout history. Vézelay is home to the basilica of St. Mary Magdalene and is a popular pilgrimage site. It is also where the second and third crusades started. 
With its honey-colored stone exterior and its white shutters, L'Espérance looks like a rustic country lodge from the outside. A vegetable and herb garden grows abundantly where a lot of the fresh ingredients for the restaurant kitchen are sourced. A couple of renovations transformed the humble country home into a sprawling estate manor with rooms and suites situated along hidden path right in the midst of the flower and herb gardens for a total Burgundian ambiance. 
French haute cuisine inspired by Chef Meneauâs native Burgundy is served at the charming restaurant. A combination of classical and bold innovative cuisine is present in house specialties like the Cromesquis of foie gras (which explodes in the mouth like a sexual experience), Consomme of wild duck with Rostie of Perles du Japon, Herbed Bresses chicken cooked in a paper bag, Slow cooked river sander, Foa of watercress and frogs legs, John Dory fillet on a hot stone with lemon bouillon, Sweet onion confit and caviar, and Pumpkin soufflé, Chestnut soufflé with mushroom ice cream. The dining room is elegantly and warmly decorated with white orchids, fireplace, and fur throws. 
Chef Marc Meneau also has his own winery and served his Bougogne Vézelay wine paired with his exquisite dishes. You can visit his vineyards for a casse-croute before lunch. Chef Meneau draws inspiration not only from the local terroir but also from literary works like that of Victor Hugo and listening to Opera.
L'Espérance, Marc Meneau
Traube Tonbach, Schwarzwald Stube, Germany

 hotel and restaurant with three Michelin stars, Traube Tonbach is located at the heart of the Black Forest hunting region of Germany, not far from the Baden Baden, and only an hourâs drive from Strasbourg. One of Europeâs most comfortable and beautiful hotels with one of the finest restaurants, Traube Tonbach is a rare place of true luxury, kind service and good manners. 
The history of the Traube Tonbach can be traced back to 1789, when Tobias Finkbeiner opened an inn for forest workers in the Baiersbronn village. Since then, the Finkbeiner family has been providing courteous service and warm hospitality to guests. Today, the establishment includes 175 rooms and employs over 200 people to welcome and care for guests, overseen by the current patron of the hotel, Heiner Finkbeiner.
The hotel has three restaurants including the famous Schwarzwaldstube, which earned three Michelin stars, for its gastronomic French cuisine and Mediterranean inspired dishes. Chef Harald Wohlfahrt serves some of the most sought after gastronomic dishes in the region including Medallion of roebuck with red cabbage and cepes mushrooms, Grilled spiny lobster with saffron risotto and pistou sauce, Wild salmon and scallops carpaccio with ginger-lime sauce, Saddle of venison with red currant, juniper berry, and pear, Garlic spaghettini with grilled vegetables and thyme sauce, and a traditional specialty of the restaurant, Calfâs head.          
The spacious bedrooms and apartments at Traube Tonbach are spotlessly clean and flooded with lights. Many have terraces and huge picture windows looking out to a grand view of the garden, valley, pine trees, and forest. Vibrant fabrics and wooden furniture brighten up the room and make it a joy to wake up in the morning.
The hotel has its own daily paper, which announces the latest news and the activities of the day including cooking demonstrations, walks, wine tasting, restaurant specialties, music, spa offerings, and other events. There are three swimming pools and a little chapel in the premises.
Traube Tonbach, Schwarzwald Stube,...
Chez Georges Blanc, Vonnas, France

In a large property that includes luxury inns and fine dining establishments owned by the Blanc family, Chez Georges Blanc serves the best chicken in the world, the âPoulet Bresse,â at Chez Georges Blanc. Situated next to the Veyle River and close to Lyon, Chez Georges Blanc is one of the best places for enjoying traditional and modern French cuisine in Vonnas, France. Some of the signature dishes in the gourmet restaurant are the Fattened- pullet fricassee, Chartreuse asparagus with crab and caviar, and the Crepes Vonnassiennes with salmon and caviar.      
Vonnas is a small town near the village Bresse, which is world-famous for its lobster, truffles, and poultry, all of which are a main feature in the menu at Chez Georges Blanc. The passion for cooking runs in the blood of the Blanc family and Chef Georges Blanc belongs to the fourth generation of Blancs that settled in Vinnas. From a small family business beginning with a 19th century inn built before the revolution, the Blanc family expanded their enterprise and transformed their large property into a premiere gastronomic destination. 
The Blanc family owns about 20 buildings in the town of Vonnas and Chef Georges Blanc is well known in the region, becoming a town legend in his own right. Chez Blanc also houses some of the finest wines and extensive cellars in the world with about 135,000 bottles included in the inventory as well as approximately 3,000 appellations. 
The inn is elegantly renovated and offers a luxurious but cozy place for guests to stay. One of the finest gourmet restaurants in France, Chez Georges Blanc offers exciting and creative dishes inspired by the local cuisine. The restaurant is fitted with a fireplace, genuine Bressan woodwork, antique furniture, Louis XIII chairs, and floral tapestries. Within the property, there is also a luxury spa, swimming pool, bar and lounge, ponds, landscaped parks, tableware shops, and gourmet stores.
Chez Georges Blanc, Vonnas, France

Cooking Recipe Videos

There are many ways to improve your cooking skills: reading great cookbooks, taking cooking classes, and good old fashioned practice in the kitchen are traditional methods. But these days, online cooking recipe videos are another excellent resource for aspiring chefs. Here's how to get the most from the cooking videos you encounter.

Find Them

There are lots of cooking recipe videos out there, but not all are created equal. Before you spend time watching any, consider the source. If you want to widen your cooking horizons, videos featuring famous chefs are a must. Such chefs might include television personalities (who may or may not have formal cooking backgrounds), cooking legends (like Julia Child, Graham Kerr, and Wolfgang Puck), or Michelin star-awarded chefs who've impressed the cooking world with their expertise and talent.

Live Demos

Once you find cooking recipe videos by esteemed chefs, you will probably discover you learn the most if you watch the videos more than once. In the first viewing, you'll likely only get the overall picture of what the chef is doing. If you watch the video once or twice more, you may notice and remember details you didn't before.

Bear in mind that you're not just learning how to make a particular recipe. You're also hoping to learn cooking techniques you can rely upon for other dishes. For example, you might see a Michelin chef chop up food in a faster, simpler way than you've ever seen before. Or you might see how a meal is flambéed. Or you might learn a new way to cook meat so it's crisp on the outside and tender and juice on the inside. There is nothing quite like a live demo, to make those techniques stick in your brain and come to life next time you are in the kitchen.

Share it

Although cooking recipe videos are helpful and educational, they're also fun. You can make them even more entertaining by sharing them with friends. What does your best friend think about trying to make a flambéed meal with you? Does she have a funny story to tell about attempting this on her own? Does your work mate drool over gourmet desserts as much as you do? Are you and your friends inspired by a certain video to try a pot luck gourmet party? Let cooking videos be part of you and your friends online entertainment, and you'll have fun while you improve your cooking skills.

Try it Out

After watching cooking recipe videos, it's a great idea to make the recipes in your own kitchen. The best cooking video websites also have printed recipes to go along with their videos. Print one out and give the recipe your best go.

Or, you could just try out one or two techniques you learned by watching a great chef. For example, maybe you've never tried blanching vegetables before. After watching a chef demonstrate this on a video, you can try the technique almost any time you're preparing veggies.

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