Raymond Blanc was born in Besancon and came to Britain in 1972 to work as a waiter. Entirely self taught, he opened his first restaurant, Les Quat'Saisons in 1977. An immediate success, it became Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in 1984 and is the only country house hotel to hold 2 Michelin Stars. Raymond has since opened a Cookery School there. Raymond is also a successful author and has presented BBC series including Kitchen Secrets, The Restaurant and The Very Hungry Frenchman. Raymond was awarded an OBE in 2007.
Kew Gardens is renowned for its historic gardens, glasshouses and specimen collections, but it has been a world-leading expert in science and conservation for 250 years with a library of botanical art, illustrations, manuscripts and photographs to match.