I was so sad to read about his death. He was one of two great chefs, in France, that I have personally met. He was a very nice person and had a great sense of humor.
When we planned our trip to France, my husband had me make a list of the famous restaurants that I wanted to have a meal. Boscuse's restaurant was on the list. one morning, we took the "fast train" from Paris to Lyon and then a taxi to his restaurant for lunch. We had a 15 year old French boy with us who was a few years older than our son. We were seated. I was in awe that we were actually eating there. We ordered our meals. I don't remember the fish that I ordered but will never forget the soup. I had read about it so many times.............it was his truffle soup under a puffy pastry shell. It was the most beautiful soup presentation that I have ever seen and to this day, I can still remember how delicious it was.
Sitting right near us, in a corner was a couple who seemed to have a couple of men hovering nearby. Philipe, our French boy, whispered to us that it was the president and his wife and that it was her birthday. While we were sitting , sipping some on the last of our wine and waiting for the dessert menu, Paul Bocuse walked in and over to the President's table to say "Good bye" to him and then came over to our table to greet us.
We knew enough French to say hello and how happy were there to eat and to meet him From then on Phillipe interperted for us. A large grin came over his face when he found that we were Americans. He motioned to the waiter standing by and sat with us. The waiter soon appeared with glasses and a bottle of wine and proceeded to pour for all of us. He was happy to talk to us because he was opening a restaurant in Epcot at Disneyworld. He was interested to know that we had gone there the year before with Phillipe and his parents. He stood up and thanked us for coming and allowing us to let him sit with us. The waiter then appeared with a large rolling cart filled with luscious looking desserts and told us that it was a gift to us from Bocuse and that we were to eat as many as we wanted.
The boys did their best to make him know that the gift was appreciated! One last thing which made the whole event funny was that when we first sat down, I wanted my son to take a picture of us and he said "No, it is too fancy a place". A while later, he came back and laughingly told us to take all the pictures that we wanted because it was a "tourist looking " restaurant with all the pictures of Bocuse, and even a gift shop. So now in a scrapbook I have a picture of Paul Bocuse at our table.
post edited by Greymo - 2018/01/21 13:14:40