La Madeleine, with 2 star Michelin chef, Patrick Gauthier, was the special highlight dinner during my 2007 stay at La Varenne residential cooking school in Burgundy.
Excitedly, I made our reservation and looked forward to our dinner and hoping for it to be as exceptional as it had been in 2007. It was that and more!
Chef Patrick greeted us warmly, kisses and handshakes all round! We felt very special. It was a sensational evening with exceptional generosity and very gracious hospitality.
Chef proposed a special degustation for us and we delightedly agreed. He gave us the best dinner one could imagine.
John and Michael selected the wine and the rest followed, immaculately presented, each with delicate and flavoursome sauces and jus, starting with amuse bouche of beetroot and pumpkin mini brioche, caviar and crème fraîche, cauliflower creamed soup served in a test tube with straws.
It was so sensational and completely overwhelming – AND we ate it all with excitement, exclamations and relish!
On payment of the ‘addition’ each couple was presented with a beautifully printed menu with our photo, taken by one of the waiters, and entitled:
‘En l’an 2015, un Mercredi, le 02 de Septembre, au dîner des Gourmets, à Sens, dans l’Yonne en Bourgogne à la Madeleine’.
Plus a pretty paper carry bag with the remainder of our two special butters, one salted and one without, plus the petit fours from the table.
We will return next year!
La langoustine, le jus de coriander, fane de radis
Le tourteau Roscoff, courgette séphir, anguille fumée
Le foie gras de canard, raisin Moissac
La gambas de Nouvelle-Guinée
La truffe d’été, langues d’oiseau
Le Turbot, sauce beurre d’agrume
Le cochon de Bigorre
Quelques fromages d’ici et aileurs
Le Paris-Brest, nissette Piémontaise
La Mousseline au chocolat de Guanaja
La myrtille sauvage pistache de Sicile
La figue rôtie Banuyls
La fraise rhubarb, lait d’amande
La framboise crumble, citron Nice