Par Margaret Kemp
From May 24th-June 7th 2009, Stade Roland Garros is not only a location to watch the fabulous French Open, it's an opportunity to catch up with super-chef Jacques Maximin as he creates RisottoMania, not only for the happy few but also for the grand public in the Jardins de Roland Garros, look for the logo RisottoMania
. It's mad Max's folie gourmande éphémère, a vivre absolument.
L'Affiche, located in the shadows of the legendary Stade, is the handsome restaurant "officiel" of the Internationaux de France. Open all year, there's a terrace and garden for warm days, a clubhouse style dining-room, with fireplace, when it gets chilly. During the French Open L'Affiche shuts, makes way for more informal dining.
Following the wild success of "Saga Pasta" last year, Maximum decided on a Risotto theme this year. "As a cereal grain it's the staple food for a large part of the world's population, the most important grain with regard to human nutrition. You're going to re-discover rice from starter to dessert, with nine unique dishes I've created
", promises Maximin, popping out of L'Affiches' kitchen. " There's nothing more delicious than a good risotto
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