Raymond Blanc is one of Britain’s richest chefs. He will appear tonight on ITV at 8pm to host his popular cooking show Simply Raymond Blanc. But how rich is he?
Raymond has previously shared how his mother was a fantastic cook who used fresh, local, seasonal produce to make daily meals for the family.
Raymond first trained as a nurse, but after walking past a Michelin-starred restaurant called Le Palais de la Bière near his hometown and watching the waiters at work, he decided he wanted to become a chef.
The Frenchman became a waiter, learning cooking tips and tricks at the same time by watching the restaurant’s chef.
He even made suggestions to how the chef cooked – but got hit in the jaw with a saucepan because of it.
The chef then went on to open La Maison Blanc, a chain of bakeries that also contain cafés.
There are now 14 branches of La Maison Blanc across the country.
Since then, Raymond has launched a restaurant brand called Brasserie Blanc, which has more than 20 restaurants around Britain.
As well as opening restaurants, Raymond has made his money through being the best-selling author of more than 10 books and appearing on multiple TV shows.
These programmes include BBC Two’s The Restaurant, Kitchen Secrets, and of course, this year’s new ITV series Simply Raymond.
Raymond has two children with Jenny, brothers Olivier and Sebastien.
The couple separated in 1985 and Raymond now lives with long-term partner Natalia Traxel in Oxford.