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Saturday, 25 February 2012

The tragedy behind the cream

Chantilly cream is whipped cream which has been sweetened and flavoured with vanilla. French chef François Vatel (1631, Paris – April 24, 1671) created crème Chantilly (Chantilly cream), but there is no contemporary documentation for this claim.
Vatel was responsible for an extravagant banquet for 2,000 people given in honour of Louis XIV in April 1671 at the Château de Chantilly. The banquet, however, ended up in tragedy. Vatel was so worried about the lateness of the seafood delivery that he committed suicide by running himself through with a sword. His body was discovered when someone came to tell him of the arrival of the fish.

Vatel is a 2000 film based on the life of the 17th century French chef François Vatel, directed by Roland Joffé and starring Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, and Tim Roth. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration French actor Gérard Depardieu played the role of Vatel.

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