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BLANC Raymond René Alfred  
French chef

Date of birth: 19 Nov. 1949

Place of birth: Besançon

Parentage: s. of Maurice Blanc and Anne-Marie Blanc

Family: two s.

Education: Besançon Tech. Coll.

Career: various positions 1968–76, mil. service 1970–71; Man. and Chef de cuisine, Bleu, Blanc, Rouge, Oxford 1976–77; opened Les Quat’Saisons, Oxford as Chef Proprietor 1977; opened Maison Blanc, patisserie and boulangerie 1978, Dir and Chair. 1978–88; opened Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons 1984; Le Petit Blanc launched, Oxford 1996, relaunched as Brasserie Blanc 2006 and extended to numerous new locations including Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and several in London; Consultant to Maison Blanc 2009; weekly recipe column in the Observer newspaper 1988–90; Pres. Sustainable Restaurant Asscn 2012–; member Acad. Culinaire de France, British Gastronomic Acad., Restaurateurs' Asscn of Great Britain; rep. Great Britain at Grand Final of Wedgwood World Master of Culinary Arts, Paris 2002

Honours and awards: Hon. OBE; Hon. DBA (Oxford Brookes Univ. ) 1999; European Chef of the Year 1989, Personalité de l’Année 1990, Craft Guild of Chefs Special Award 2002, AA Restaurant Guide Chef of the Year 2004, Lifetime Achievement Award 2009, Chef of the Year Award 2009, many awards for both the restaurant and hotel

Television: Blanc Mange (series) 1994, Passion for Perfection (series, Carlton TV) 2002, The Restaurant (series, BBC2) 2007–09, Kitchen Secrets 2010, 2011, The Very Hungry Frenchman 2012, Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well 2013

Publications: Recipes from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons 1988, Cooking for Friends 1991, Blanc Mange 1994, A Blanc Christmas 1996; contrib. to Take Six Cooks 1986, Taste of Health 1987, Restaurants of Great Britain 1989, Gourmet Garden 1990, European Chefs 1990, Masterchefs of Europe 1998, Blanc Vite 1998, Foolproof French Cooking 2002, A Taste of My Life 2008

Leisure interests: classical music, opera, swimming, tennis, sailing

Contact details: Address: Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD, England (home); Tel: (1844) 278881 (office); Fax: (1844) 278847 (home); Fax: (1844) 277212 (office); Email: [email protected] (office); Website: ; Website: .

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