In Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets – Shellfish ep.1, celebrated chef Raymond Blanc welcomes the cameras back into his working Oxfordshire kitchen to share the culinary secrets he has collected and cherished over the past 35 years. The programme features a variety of recipes for cooks of all abilities that are inspiring and achievable.
In this episode Raymond shares his love of seafood, celebrating the best of British shellfish. To begin, a French favourite using a very British ingredient, moules mariniere made with sweet, plump mussels from Devon bathed in a heady garlic, wine and herb broth.
Next a spicy, seared squid salad served with colourful Provencal vegetables and crisp fennel. Sweet, juicy scallops are given an exotic twist, resting on a bed of silky cauliflower puree with spiced cauliflower bhajis and an aromatic curry oil.
For a finale fit for a king, Raymond prepares a feast of perfectly succulent Scottish lobster with a rich red pepper and cardamom jus and exquisite caviar pearls. And it’s a first for Raymond as he visits a fishing village in Fife to join local fishermen on board as they trawl for lobsters.