Happy Bastille Day! Today is the day that the French celebrate their independence from the royal monarchy. While Parisians fete the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille 4,000 miles away, fourteen lucky locals in Wilmington will be dining like kings and queens. Today, Pascal and I are in the kitchen preparing a seven-course feast that will illustrate the art of regal French dining. During the evening, I’ll be regaling our guests with stories about life at the royal court in France.
I love to tell a good story, and those who've heard my stories know that I often slip into a French accent when appropriate. After fifteen years with Pascal, my accent is pretty faithful to the original I copy, but every now and again it strays. There have been moments when my imitation of a French chef sounds more like a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chef Boyardee. But at least I'm not alone. Listen to this improvisational skit performed by professional comedians Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie on Whose Line Is It Anyway? You'll hear that it happens to the best of us!