Auguste Escoffier

4 French Trailblazers Who Changed the World

Chef, author of cookbooks and restaurateur, Auguste Escoffier, revolutionised French cuisine, getting rid of heavy sauces, simplifying and codifying recipes. He also forever changed the workplace of the professional kitchen, streamlining procedures and improving working conditions and safety.

Find out about his recipes (many named for famous people of the day), his innovations, his relationship with Ritz, his role on the Titanic, his hatred of afternoon teas, and discover how this French trailblazer altered dining habits for ever.

Chef, author of cookbooks and restaurateur, Auguste Escoffier, revolutionised French cuisine, getting rid of heavy sauces, simplifying and codifying recipes. He also forever changed the workplace of the professional kitchen, streamlining procedures and improving working conditions and safety. He was revolutionary too in his commercial bottling of vegetables and sauces.

In his partnership with César Ritz, Escoffier introduced the concepts of the luxury hotel, women dining in public, and the fixed-price menu. Much of his career was spent in England, but he refused to learn English in case he ended up cooking like them! However, he did much to introduce fine food to the British palate and one of his greatest fans was the Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII. Escoffier was the first professional chef to be awarded the Légion d’honneur and over his long career, he did to change the way we eat.

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your Trailblazers series.

As a lifelong Francophone and Francophile, it was so interesting to get the whole story as it were, about your subjects. In each of your presentations, I learned a great deal that I didn’t know, and your information was spot on. 

So I thank you so much for the opportunity to listen and learn.

Evelyn
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed watching your four French Trailblazers lectures. It was a wonderful treat for me to sit back on a Monday early evening, to listen, watch and learn from you.
Susan
Thank you so much for the marvellous French Series. I have savoured every word. You really kept our minds in high spirits just when needed. 
Looking forward to your future events. Your range of interests and enthusiasm is inspiring. 
Stay safe, well and curious!
Evelyne
Thanks so much, Susannah for this series and for the Escoffier session. I knew of him and his recipe books but I didn’t know his history, relationships or scandals. 
 
Sharon
Thank you, I enjoyed Escoffier and learned some new facts.
 
Jan
That was a fabulous talk last night Susannah, especially as we love all things French.
 
Shirley
Thank you for the wonderful talks. I have enjoyed them all and learned quite a lot from them. I never thought that I would be interested in Escoffier, but there you are.
 
Emma
I am enjoying this latest series. I love all things French. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your wonderful talks.
 
Eril

Thank you for an excellent presentation.

Margaret

What a wonderful talk – thank you Susannah! I’ve learned so much!

Catherine
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