Renowned chef Henri Charpentier--the man who invented Crepes Suzette--recalls the "good old days" with famed actress Sarah Bernhardt. He recalls for her how he went from being one of the ...
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Renowned chef Henri Charpentier--the man who invented Crepes Suzette--recalls the "good old days" with famed actress Sarah Bernhardt. He recalls for her how he went from being one of the world's most famous--and richest--chefs to his situation now, with his business gone and his once considerable fortune dissipated.Written by
This is one of the episodes from Bell Telephone's "Telephone Time"--an anthology series from the 1950s. Fortunately, a few episodes are available for viewing DVD, but it appears as if the vast majority are unfortunately not available.
This is the true story about the life of Henri Charpentier--a world-famous chef and possible inventor of the Crêpe Suzette. I say possible, because the exact origins of this dish are not 100% sure--and the story in this episode seems a bit different from other accounts. Regardless, the story is marvelously played by Walter Slezak. He played the part so lovingly and sweetly that I was entranced--particularly when he had the pleasure to serve Sarah Bernhardt at a special meal during an evening when his restaurant should have been closed. I was also taken by how easily the Austrian-born actor seemed to speak French--it wasn't bad. The story is sweet and well acted by everyone. What I particularly enjoyed was seeing the real-life Charpentier interviewed at the very end. A delight.
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