Born in Besançon, France, in 1949, Raymond Blanc is acknowledged as one of the finest chefs in the world, despite never having been formally trained. He opened his first UK restaurant at the age of 28, Les Quat’Saisons in Oxford, and within just one year the restaurant had reached Michelin-star status.
In 1984 he fulfilled a personal vision, creating the hotel and restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton, which is now synonymous with all that is finest in dining and hospitality. Le Manoir is the only hotel restaurant to have achieved and maintained two-Michelin-star status for 25 years.
Favourite places: the very best hotels, including the Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy; Soneva Fushi (Six Senses), Maldives; Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand; and the Cipriani, Venice, Italy.