Jessica Sampson who often helps out in the galley of the family yacht Bettina during Cannes Festival Charters is one of ten young British chefs selected by Jason Atherton for his new six-part BBC2 program
“The Brigade” which starts on Tuesday the 30th of July at 21:00. They have travelled throughout Europe and taken on the challenges of cooking at Michellin starred restaurants facing all sorts of challenges.
View the program trailer https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07gb35w
A couple of weeks ago we hosted a truly magnificent seafood lunch to the guys and girls from BBH whilst they enjoyed a day cruise to the Lerins Islands during their corporate downtime during the Lions Festival of Creativity here in Cannes.
The two platters prepared by our friends at Poissonnerie Forville consisted of Lobsters, King Crab, Madagascar Prawns, Oysters, Bouilotand brown shrimps
This week we took three guests for a sunset cruise to the beautiful Lerins Islands. Their day on Motor Yacht Bettina started when they were driven to the Jetee Albert Edouard, just a few feet from our passerelle in a gleaming black executive Mercedes Minibus from Rivera Come True. Sasha from Riviera Comes true had already let us know of the guests liking for Japanese Whisky, so we had specially sourced two of Japans finest single malts ahead of time whilst we shopped for fresh ingredients in the fantastic Marche Forville in Cannes for the guests dinner.
When everyone was comfortable we set of into the afternoon sun and cruised across the Bay of Cannes whilst a selection of freshly prepared on board canapés were served, including; feta and goats cheese spheres in a pistachio and bacon crumb, colourful beetroot stacks with balsam, little smoked salmon and caviar blinis and prosciutto and basil roses served with gorgonzola and melon.
We cruised around Île Sainte-Marguerite, where Sasha used his multi-lingual skills to describe the island; famous for its fortress prison, in which the so-called Man in the Iron Mask was held in the 17th century.
We anchored in between the islands, an area known as the Plateau du Milieu, a truly unexpected and amazing lagoon with turquoise colours which offer a magnificent sight to all its visitors. Our guests took the opportunity to use Bettina as their very own floating pontoon to swim from and enjoy the crystal blue waters.
Deciding to take in some more of the beautiful Islands, we cruised around to the southern side of Île Saint-Honorat and then anchored again in a small empty bay for more swimming and snorkelling in the shadow of the Abbaye de Lerins, which afforded beautiful views of the Forteresse de Saint-Honorat; which looked magnificent in the evening setting sun as dinner was served on our top deck.
The guests were served a starter of foie gras parfait crostini with micro-herbs, pickled diced cornichons and a balsamic reduction, followed by Argentinian filet steak with baby hassleback and baby boiled potatoes and asparagus, served with a bernaise sauce. For dessert they enjoyed raspberry and citron tartlets with ice-cream, then as the sun set they finished with a great cheese board, with a selection of fresh breads, figs and grapes.
We cruised back to Cannes for about 10pm, a truly great day.