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THE ORIGINAL MASTER CHEF AUGUST ESCOFFIER

















Published on Dec 27, 2015



"Auguste Escoffier was born in a small village called Villeneuve-Loubet, very close to Nice. So at the age of thirteen, he goes and starts working at his uncle's restaurant with no privileges, like everybody else, and he discovers the pretty awful working conditions that were normal life in the kitchen in those days.

That ended up in some violence at the end of the day, I suppose. So this is one of the things Escoffier decided to change when he was in charge.

He met a gentleman who owned a very famous restaurant at that time, called the Petit Moulin Rouge. A very posh restaurant off the Champs Elysees. And Auguste thought 'well if I want to make it in this profession, it's my opportunity.' and he took it.

He first of all banned alcohol drinking and smoking in the kitchen, but also banned swearing. And he himself, when he was very annoyed at someone, would actually walk out of the kitchen and come back and explain what made him angry without having to shout.

He introduced the hat and the handkerchief to prevent sweat drops from dropping into the preparation.

He wanted everyone to come out and look like somebody. That is his exact expression. And if the young cooks couldn't afford a pair of trousers, he bought them for them.

He wanted everyone to be proud of what he was doing and bring the best out of everyone."
Michel Escoffier, great grandson of Auguste Escoffier and custodian of the Escoffier Archive

Michel Roux Jr explores the life and influence of his great culinary hero, Georges Auguste Escoffier - the man who turned eating into dining. 



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In alphabetical order by Country....










India




Alphonso





Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia








Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 


It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.32 PM IST






Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.



However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.




Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.



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The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 




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