With the huge variety of cooking shows on our TV screens every week, celebrity chefs and the destinations they're passionate about are becoming more and more popular. While some chefs head to Italy to showcase where our favourite ingredients come from, others hail from corners of the UK, France and beyond. We take a look at three of the most popular chefs in the country and the foodie destinations they're linked to.
The Chef: Gino D'Acampo has been on our TV screens for several years now and was even crowned King of the Jungle on ‘I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' in 2009. This Italian comes from the city of Napoli with his passion for cooking coming from his grandfather who was also a chef.
The Destination: Naples is the home of the pizza; a dish that was first eaten mainly by Italy's poorest people before becoming popular with the upper classes during the reign of Ferdinand IV. These days, there are strict rules about the ingredients that make up a true Neapolitan pizza. So if you're visiting Naples, you can be sure of tasting the real thing. If you're still hungry after that, there's always the famous Neapolitan ice cream - made from chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
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The Chef: With a number of cookery books and television programmes on his CV, Rick Stein really is the master of seafood. In 1974, the chef opened his first business in Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall and now owns four restaurants and a fish and chip shop.
The Destination: The British really do have a love affair with fish and chips and ‘Stein's Fish & Chips' in Padstow is a must-eat for anyone visiting Cornwall. Homemade chips and mushy peas complement an array of local fish including haddock, hake and monkfish. Alternatively, ‘The Seafood Restaurant' serves delicious platters of oysters, langoustines and sushi - the perfect end to a day on the beach.
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The Chef: Boasting two Michelin stars, Raymond Blanc is one of the UK's most famous and well-respected chefs. Born in eastern France, the chef trained as a waiter in Besançon, but was fired in 1972 for allegedly upsetting the head chef by offering him advice on how to cook. The French chef has several restaurants now known as ‘Brasserie Blanc' that can be found all over the UK including Leeds, London and Bristol.
The Destination: Raymond's home town Besançon is in the Franche-Comté region of France, an area known for producing Comté; a strong, slightly sweet cheese which you'll almost certainly get to taste on a visit to anywhere in France. It's best sampled with walnuts and a glass of Vin jaune, or "Yellow wine", which is also produced in this area. Fancy trying it? Click here to see our hotels around France.
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