Greg Bureau is owner of Bouchon, the place to be in Hexham for classic, country-style French cuisine

Some of my most memorable meals…

have taken place in my homeland – France. I have a very clear memory of oysters on a sunny afternoon in Cap Ferret, near Bordeaux, with my wife and kids.

If I could only eat one kind of cuisine for the rest of my days, it’d be… simple food, cooked really well, made with excellent produce.

I trained in the Loire Valley in central France, with Alain Couturier… A tough, but fair chef, who I can’t thank enough. The experience set me up for life. He recently visited Bouchon with his wife – it was a great moment, full of emotion.

One of my most favourite food markets is…

Sydney fish market. I’ve never seen fish so fresh and so wonderful looking. Again, simplicity and quality of produce were the key there, which is what I’m all about.

When it comes to feasting and comfort food, France does it best… Food is in our blood! We have so much diversity when it comes to producers and flavours – every region has its own personality, products and recipes.

I’m yet to try Thai cuisine…

but I hope to soon. I love the concept of street food and think they probably do it best.

If I could travel to one place, anywhere in the world, for just one plate of food, it’d be… Marrakech, for the wonderful Lamb Mechoui I had recently, in a souk, served on sheets of paper with cumin and salt. The place looked like nothing, but it was so popular with the locals. Incredible.

My parents’ restaurant will always have a special place in my heart… It’s a troglodyte cave near Villandry castle in the Loire and the place where I had my last supper before flying to the UK for the first time. I had suckling pig with all my friends. It was 20 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.

I’m not a fan of aeroplane food…

You would need to try very hard indeed to convince me to eat it – or invite me on business class!

When it comes to dessert, France comes up tops…

chocolate mousse – need I say more?

If I could eat my way around the world…

I’d fly to Australia for a healthy breakfast, pop over to France for lunch, probably in Lyon, and a bit of a sleep, then over to London for dinner.

I believe trying food from other countries is a great way to open your mind…

You can travel to far off lands with just one plate of food; it has the power to create happiness and memories that last forever. I find cooking at home very relaxing, whether for friends or family. It’s a whole experience.

If I could recommend one restaurant overseas, it’d be… anywhere that’s down to earth. I have been to so many great, laid-back places during my time. Venues that aren’t stuffy, with beautiful views, best enjoyed on a warm day with your loved ones.

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