I love Raymond. He’s one of my favourites. His Kitchen Secrets programme showed him at his best. Passionate, skillful, knowledgeable and, best of all, a bit silly.
‘Poor Old Adam’, as he was known in Fanny Towers, was forever getting stuff, putting stuff away, making things work and putting them back together again. Raymond often broke things. His endearing quality was one of a slightly clumsy, forgetful dad. You occasionally wondered how he got where he is today. Ocassionally.
In The Very Hungry Frenchman, BBC2’s five part trip around France, we follow Raymond around markets, vineyards and restaurants. This really is a 30 minute show stretched to an hour. The premise is that Raymond has not cooked in France since coming to the UK. He now returns to places that are dear to him to cook a grand meal in a local restaurant. In part one we met Maman Blanc, a lovely lady who looked straight to camera and said “he talks a lot”. Yep. He also eats a lot of cheese. Comte, comte, comte!
There’s a clip during the title sequence of Raymond opening a microwave and the door coming away in his hands. Tsk, the very clumsy Frenchman.