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Cannes, France

Known worldwide for its famous annual film festival, Cannes in France is also a gastronomic destination and has some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world. All types of eateries and restaurants can be found in Cannes from charming hole-in-the-walls to the ultimate in glitz and glamour. A small seaside town, Cannes is easy and fun to explore and has pretty and busy beaches for relaxing and sipping cocktails and fine wines.     
Cannes, all along the Riviera, its De Luxe hotels and its world famous International Film Festival, opens its doors wide for you. Following in the footsteps of a great number of stars who close up and crowd here, you can lunch at the Restaurant of the Hotel Gray d'Albion where you can appreciate the famous smoked haddock in salad, recommended by Jacques Chibois. Or enjoy the famous crusty-crunchy chicken, "Gérard Depardieu" suggested by Mario at the Majestic. Go for walks all along the well-known Croisette overhanging the ancient village "Suquet" and avail of the smooth and mild evenings illuminated by wonderful fireworks let off the bay.
Considered to be one of the social hubs of Europe, Cannes is at its most glittering come May when the Cannes Film Festival is held and where the rich and famous flock in what was formerly a fishing village. The festival is held at the Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette. Casinos and high-end restaurants abound in this area as well as spectacular architecture and culture.     
Cobbled streets and breathtaking views of Le Suquet are worth visiting. Down the beautiful marina, street side tables and cafes are lined up where you can watch people pass by and have coffee, tea or wine.  Walking is the best mode of transportation around the city and allows you to stumble upon obscure sights and hidden gems that you might miss otherwise.
Cannes, France
Le Mas de Peint, Arles

A seventeenth century farmhouse transformed into a charming hotel and gourmet restaurant, Le Mas de Peint in Arles at the heart of Camargue is a rustic getaway with all the amenities of a luxury establishment. The homestead of Jacques and Lucille Bon, Le Mas de Peint is a labor of love and tradition. The property is covered in ivy and surrounded with crops of Camargue rice that Jacqueâs family has been growing for generations. In the 500-hectare estate, Jacques also raises semi-wild long-horned bulls for a local bullfighting tradition called the âCourse à la Cocarde.â He is a well-known âManadierâ in Carmague. 
Lucille Bon is a designer and architect in contrast, balancing the rough and wild nature of the place. The eight rooms and three suites in Le Mas are elegantly decorated with contemporary furnishings, exposed pine beams, antique fixtures, delicate fabrics, chic bathrooms, thick and fluffy towels, and soft colors of pinks and bright colors of greens. The rooms at Le Mas de Peint have been featured in various magazines including Elle, Cote Sud, Marie Claire, Homes & Gardens, Joyce, and Gault Millau.     
The cuisine is based on local and fresh ingredients especially local beef, Mediterranean seafood, and the famous Camargue red rice. The dining are consists of large round tables arranged right in the middle of the kitchen so that guests can see the chef and crew cook the dishes. The gastronomic restaurant is well known in the area and reservations are a must especially if you are not staying here.
The large property is best explored by horseback or at the wheel of a 4x4. It is also an extraordinary place for meetings and big events like weddings or birthday celebrations. Le Mas de Peint is an unforgettable place for romantic occasions and ideal for quiet meditation and utmost relaxation.
Le Mas de Peint, Arles
Johann Lafer's Stromburg

A luxurious castle transformed into an elegant hotel and gastronomic restaurant, Stromburg Castle looks out to the village of Stromberg in the Binger Wald (Bingen Forest) in Germany. Johan Lafer, owner and Chef of Stromburg is one of the most celebrated and famous chefs in Germany, pioneering cooking shows long before they were trendy. Besides a gourmet restaurant, there is also a less formal Bistro dâOr that serves scrumptious regional dishes and a wine list featuring top Nahe wines, Old world wines, New world wines, and an exceptional collection from Burgundy and Bordeaux.
Born in Graz, Styria, Austria, Chef Johann Lafer is an Austrian Chef based in Germany. He became a celebrity chef through his televised cooking show, most of which were self-produced at the Stromburg castle. He also wrote numerous cookbooks and is a regular guest of the television host Markus Lanz wherein he prepares meals in front of an audience on a regular basis. Stromburg castle is also the home of Johann Lafer together with his wife Silvia and their two children.       
A highly acclaimed chef, Johann Lafer was named âChef of the Yearâ in 1997 by the prestigious Gault and Millau Guide. In 2006, the Michelin Guide awarded him a star. Aside from running his own shows, writing his own cook books, and operating a hotel and restaurant, Chef Lafer also runs a cooking school and owns three restaurants in Stromberg.   
From a very young age, Chef Johann Lafer was already passionate about cooking and learned to have a high respect for food. In Steiermark where he grew up, most of the food that his family cooked came from their very own farm. To this day, he puts great emphasis on the quality of his products and gives them care and attention in the process of preparing them. After his culinary training in Graz, he decided to go to Germany working in Berlin and then Hamburg with Josef Viehauser at Le Canard. He also worked with Dieter and Jörg Müller and then with Eckart Witzigmann, which left a great impression in him and his cooking philosophy. Later, he worked shortly in Paris with Gaston Lenotre and at the Restaurant Le Val dâOr in Guldental before opening Stromburg with his wife Silvia.
Johann Lafer's Stromburg
El Raco de Can Fabes, San Celoni, Spain

Situated in the valley of the Tordera river between the ranges of Montseny and Montnegre, the town of Sant Celoni sits on the left bank of the river and where one of the best restaurants in Spain can be found, El Raco de Can Fabes, a three star Michelin restaurant serving authentic Catalan cuisine inspired by Mediterranean and French nouvelle cooking.   
Created by Angel and Santi Santamarria the Raco De Can Fabes began as a family home gradually transformed into a top culinary and gastronomic destination. From a modest tavern opened in the 1980s, Chef Santamaria slowly developed and mastered his cuisine, becoming one of the most acclaimed in the country. He is renowned and respected for elevating Catalan cuisine into international gastronomic fame and is also the first Catalan chef to have received three Michelin stars. Sadly, Chef Santi Santamaria passed away on February 2011 at the age of 53 leaving the management of his legendary restaurant to the capable hands of his protégé Xavi Pellicer and wife Angel Santamaria.  
El Raco de Can Fabes is charmingly housed in a small citadel, in a building that is about three centuries old. The country chic interiors and elegant rustic setting provide an inviting and cozy ambiance. Aside from the acclaimed restaurant, the premises also include five quaintly decorated guestrooms for those who wish to stay for a night or two after a ravishing meal.
All the facets of the Catalan of todayâplural, dynamic, artistic and progressiveâare reflected in the inventive modern cuisine of El Raco de Can Fabes. A combination of the old and the new, the cuisine here is based on fresh and seasonal ingredients so the menu may vary depending on what is available in the local market. Some of the signature dishes in the famous Catalan restaurant include the Tender pigeon with duck tartare, Hot and cold mackerel with cream of caviar, Spicy foie gras with Sauternes and puree of sweet red and green peppers, and Festival of Chocolate.
El Raco de Can Fabes, San Celoni, Spain

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.