Rachel Khoo is the hot new thing on the cookery scene as the star of BBC Two's The Little Paris Kitchen. She fills us in on her favourite Parisian hotspots, while cooking us the perfect French toast, naturally.
RACHEL KHOO'S FRENCH TOAST RECIPE
Name: Rachel Khoo
Day job: Food creative
What I'm cooking: Pain perdu (eggy bread/French toast) with clementines and a little dollop of crème fraîche.
The person I cook for most is:
I can't start the day without: A cup of tea
My signature dish: I don't have a signature dish as such. I find a lot of my inspiration at my local fresh food market. Seasonal and fresh are my signature flavours.
I have many:Tea cups
The taste I can't live without:
Chilli or cheese
Every kitchen should have: A sharp chef's knife
Ingredients I swear by: Full fat crème fraîche from my local cheesemonger and fleur de sel (the French equivalent of Maldon sea salt).
The perfect breakfast out: English
breakfast at Le bal café 6, impasse de la Défense 75018
My favourite comfort food: My mum's Rendang curry
The best thing about Belleville, my local neighbourhood: The local characters and the vibrant mix of cultures.
If I could cook for anyone, it would
be: Jean Dujardin (the actor from The Artist) and
his wife, Alexandra Lamy. I used to watch their comedy show Un
gars et une fille on French TV when I first moved to
Paris. It was hilarious and a great way of improving my
My top five meals:
- Whatever is on the menu at Septime, 80 rue Charonne, 75011 Paris
- The Paris Brest at Pâtisserie de Rêves, 93 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
- Butternut panna cotta at Frenchie Wine Bar, 5-6 rue du Nil, 75002 Paris
- Pan fried chicken livers at Aux Deux Amis, 45 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
- And to detox from all the French food, a fresh juice with lots of ginger from Bob's juice bar 10 rue Lucien Sampaix 75010 Paris.
Personal motto: "Eat whatever
you want, whenever you want but make sure it's good quality."
Favourite Easy Living recipe: Pearled Spelt Split Pea and Butternut Squash Pilaf
Want to make Rachel's declicious Pain Perdu for yourself? Try her Pain Perdu with Cherry & Basil Compote
My Little Paris Kitchen will be showing on Mondays on BBC Two at 20:30 starting Monday 19 March.