Pettit thanking Chef Michel Roux for a wonderful Valentine Dinner,
14 Feb 2002
I had known of the reputation of The Waterside Inn but never had
expected to be taken there for a romantic Valentine Day. Not only
was it the most wonderful surprise from the moment I arrived and
was greeted so warmly as a guest.
The beautiful dining room overlooking the River Thames, leading
to a cute summer house where I sipped Dom Perignon Champagne, a
bedroom fit for a Queen, a dinner that delighted the palate and
left me marvelling at the artistic cooking skills of Chef Michel
Roux and the perfection of the service of a great team of loyal
staff. I even had a photo taken with the Master Chef himself as
he came around to talk with his clients. That really made my day!
I did was leave a little note on one of my picture cards as I left
the next day to say 'Thank You for the most wonderful experience
of my life'
Can you imagine my surprise when I received a personal letter,
signed Michel, to say, "Looking at your quite stunning card
again, at the time I had no idea that you were the actual artist.
I really must congratulate you on such a work of art, so much so,
that I would like you to send me some details of all your work
Pettit at lunch with Chef Michel Roux at The Waterside Inn, 5
And so I did. Michel then asked me if I would be kind enough
to draw some images, with food as the theme, and we met again when
he asked me to lunch with him 5th September, and was able to present
to him my work.
Another fine eating experience this time cooked by his son Alain
who follows in the family tradition, 'just an amazing chef', no
wonder the coveted three star Michelin accolade has been awarded
to The Waterside Inn for seventeen years.
I would recommend this experience to visitors to UK as the ultimate
of fine hospitality. The lunch was superb as were the fine french
wines, as you might expect as the guest of the Patron.
I was greatly honored and delighted when Michel showed appreciation
of the images I had prepared for him. For me my Valentine visit
had turned into a real fairy story.
Thank you Michel Roux for your support and enthusiasm I greatly
appreciate everything you have done for me.
A message from
Master Chef Michel Roux