Ratatouille is one of our favourite films. For some reason it’s become a bit of a Christmas tradition – we adore Rémy, and feisty Colette is so fab – I always get a bit teary when she falls in love with Linguini (I know – I cry at everything)…
We were delighted to find out a while ago that the newest addition to Disneyland Paris is a whole area dedicated to the ‘Little Chef’: ‘La Place de Rémy’, which is located at Walt Disney Studios Park and shrinks everyone down to Rémy the rat’s size to experience Paris from Rémy’s point of view!
The area includes a state of the art new trackless ride: ‘Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy’ (okay, it’s a bit of a mouthful, it’s just going to be ‘Ratatouille- The Adventure’ in English) in which riders get to board their very own ‘ratmobile’ and career around the rooftops of Paris and even in to Gusteau’s kitchen. The ride, the 60th at Disneyland Paris also features a huge 3D projection system with original animation from the film. I can’t wait.
As usual, Disney’s supremely talented imagineers have designed much more than just the ride: La Place de Rémy will feature Parisian streets, a beautiful one of a kind fountain and a restaurant, Bistrot Chez Rémy where diners will experience typical Parisian fair in a giant world of champagne cork chairs and jam jar lid tables and, of course, sample the ratatouille! Plus, later this year, a new boutique called Chez Marianne – Souvenires de Paris will open as well.
To mark this momentous occasion, I was lucky enough to be invited to a special masterclass with Hélène Darroze, the French chef who was not only the inspiration for the character of Colette in Ratatouille but also has always been a bit of a heroine of mine – after being panned by Jay Rayner (‘worst food I’ve ever eaten’) she went on to gain not one but two Michelin stars at The Connaught. What a legend.
Hélène demonstrated how to make her very own version of ratatouille, featuring some incredible ingredients such as Espelette pepper and a rich tomato sauce enhanced with pimiento del pequillo. Here’s my finished dish:
And this photo with Hélène and Mickey will take pride of place on my desk. You never know, one of these days I might get to eat ratatouille at Bistrot Chez Rémy with her too 🙂
Rémy’s crazy culinary caper, Ratatouille – The Adventure, opens 10th July 2014 at Disneyland Paris. Huge thanks to Libby, Claire and Nikki.