PARIS PREMIÈRE – SUNDAY, JULY 3, FROM 10.50 AM TO 4.50 PM – ENTERTAINMENT
It’s the story of a man who runs – metaphorically at least, because he prefers to walk, whether in Paris, Corsica (where part of his family is from) or Italy, so dear to his heart. It’s the story of a man who works a little, a lot – radio, TV, books –, but always with as much passion and the same high standards and, which doesn’t spoil anything, with remarkable achievement and fidelity. .
It is therefore with great pleasure that after having sketched his portrait (and a few gavottes) we wanted to celebrate with François-Régis Gaudry the 10th anniversary of “Très Très Bon”, his weekly program on Paris Première which, at this occasion, had the good idea to shake up its grid to offer, this Sunday, a “Very very good day”, from 10:50 a.m. until 4:50 p.m.
So it all started ten years ago and a little bit. And on top speed since, food columnist at The Express, François-Régis Gaudry was approached simultaneously, or almost, by France Inter – where he produced the program “On va goûter” – and Paris Première. The idea was then to take up the concept of the program of his creation: a François Simon in hidden camera strolling from table to table to give his opinion.
Initially, he remembers amused, François-Régis Gaudry turns with his phone: “Imagine what cell phone cameras looked like ten years ago! » Except that, over the seasons, the capsule of a few minutes begins to expand, to become a real thirty-minute magazine, with columnists and columnists, where each and everyone has their role and their area of expertise.
Very good audience
Alongside the wonderful Elvira Masson, her lifelong accomplice, champion of waste reduction, Jordan Moilim is responsible for finding the best “bouis-bouis” in the capital, Valentine Oudard is the show’s sweet tooth, Frédérick Ernestine Grasser Herme is the “food thinker” when Antony Cointre, the last to arrive, comes to revive the traditional tour of the markets with his liveliness and Gwilherm de Cerval, brings his “solid knowledge of liquids”.
Even if “it’s pretentious to say it, apologizes François-Régis Gaudry, it’s a program that has a great impact in the community”
The program relocates regularly (Marseille, Lyon, Lille): enough to expand the “Very Very Good” community, especially since to the very good audiences for a cable channel, we must now add those it knows on social networks. And then, even if “It’s pretentious to say it, apologizes François-Régis Gaudry, it’s a program that has a great impact in the community”.
In fact, just ask the chefs who open their restaurant: all want to be part of it, because a good rating in “Very Very Good” is worth immediate recognition. It even happens, sometimes, that a dish chronicled in the program becomes the emblem of the house. This is a bit like what happened for the elegant Café des Ministries, in the 7e arrondissement of Paris, where, after a hymn to vol-au-vent, the restaurant was stormed, and the dish settled on the menu.
Your free and open
Recognition, therefore, and, without the festive spirit ever suffering, serious too, in a landscape where everyone tends to improvise food critic, between more or less informed amateurs and sometimes unscrupulous influencers of ethics. Or François-Régis Gaudry is, from this point of view, exemplary. Honest, he was able to find a resolutely free tone, and resolutely open to the cuisines of the world, their history (we remember the couscous special of “Very Very Good”), spoke to everyone, and to all types of cooks the possibility of flourishing: thus street food, which now occupies a real place in Paris.
But besides, what has changed in the kitchen in the last ten years? “A lot of things, and I was incredibly lucky to arrive in this context!, says the host-taster. Ten years ago, we were in the midst of bistronomy: basically, good dishes in nice settings. Then came, pell-mell, a more than credible Italian cuisine, an excellent Jamaican cuisine, a formidable offer in terms of street food, whether Oriental, Asian, American. » Without forgetting the sweet chapter: “We have seen the appearance of a real seasonal pastry, sourced in a very responsible way – which was not the case a few years ago, when we could find a raspberry tart in December! In general, it is a sustainable gastronomy that we see emerging, and I was lucky enough to be able to accompany this exciting moment. »
And it’s a bit of this story that this special 10th anniversary day also tells. It must be said that with François-Régis Gaudry the kitchen is also “a formidable reading grid, which allows us to talk about history and geography, economy and ecology”.
“The 10th anniversary of Très Très Bon”, special day on Paris Première. François-Régis Gaudry is also in “We are going to taste”, on France Inter, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, and in podcast.