Who is Maitre Marcel?

Maitre Marcel

1 month 4 days ago

A simple and straightforward Summer dish. We buy fresh green beans (haricots verts) at a grower nearby. First I prepare them by cutting off the

Maitre Marcel

2 months 11 hours ago

This combination of Bresse chicken, morels, yellow wine and with rich cream is a classic of French cuisine. I nevertheless felt an urge to change

Maitre Marcel

2 months 1 week ago

A classic recipe from the Doubs - Bresse chicken, morels, cream and yellow wine. The "vin jaune" yellow wine resembles a good sherry so a

Maitre Marcel

5 months 1 week ago

Wonton are Chinese filled dumplings to use in a soup or steamed, either alone or part of a dim-sum assortment. This is a simple recipe

Maitre Marcel

8 months 2 weeks ago

For cold evenings.

Maitre Marcel

11 months 6 days ago

Pasta with a vegetable sauce (blended ratatouille), squid, clams and olives

Maitre Marcel

11 months 6 days ago

Leeks in a raspberry vinaigrette with ansjovis

Maitre Marcel

11 months 1 week ago

Tomato risotto

Maitre Marcel

11 months 2 weeks ago

At the end of the summer we have a good harvest of vegetables in our village and neighbours brought me crates of tomatoes and zucchini.

Maitre Marcel

1 year 1 month ago

Maitre Marcel is a culinary weblog kept by Marcel Michelson, a corporate communication and media consultant who has a passion for France, food, health, culture, gastronomy and travel.

In his search for lighter and more healthy versions of  classic French cuisine, Marcel endeavours to make new associations in a bid to create tasty meals that are also healthy, as in less salty, less fat and less copious.

He uses the products of the seasons, from nearby sources and markets. He makes dishes with left-overs and buys parsimoniously, while not avoiding the occasional expensive ingredient.

There is an enormous problem of obesity and cardiac disease that is related to our modern lifestyle of consuming too much and badly while not having sufficient exercise. At the same time, elsewhere in the world people die of undernourishment.

The recipes here are part of his modest contribution to a campaign to eradicate food waste and obesity.

Marcel followed a series of cooking lessons at the school of Alain Ducasse in Paris and also with Olivier Berthé, the Pourcel brothers and Anne-Sophie Pic. He dares to call himself “Maitre” because he masters his subject. He is not a Masterchef, and certainly not a chef in the kitchen; for that you need a lot of training and certificates, as well as professional experience.

Marcel was an international financial journalist with the Reuters news agency, now Thomson Reuters, for over 20 years and he worked and lived in several countries outside his native Netherlands. He has been writing and editing in English ever since university.

At work, he was a chef as chief correspondent for corporate, commodities and energy news in Paris, until the end of a five-year expatriate contract in 2011. After a brief stint back in Amsterdam, he took the plunge and gave up his well-paid job, steady but boring despite the adrenalin rushes, to seek a fresh adventure in Paris where his wife had remained working at the OECD.

Marcel and Maartje now live in the beautiful village of Lagarde in the Ariège. 

You can contact Marcel for any culinary matters or commissions, as well as for any assignments in the communication and media field, on marcel (at) m2media.fr.

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