Gérard Bertrand: We have the pleasure and privilege to receive this evening the international star Melody Gardot who performed last year on stage at the Château l'Hospitalet and who is in Paris this evening. How are you Melody?
Melody Gardot: I'm fine thank you, and you? I think you're doing better than me.
Gérard Bertrand: We are doing well because Chef Laurent Chabert is in great shape. He reopened the kitchens last week after three months of confinement and he prepared some great dishes for us tonight and above all he has become a music lover since then. It's the ninth Food Wine & Music evening tonight so it's been since then so he's been inspired he's making dishes, he's always creating. What are we going to eat tonight Chief?
Chef Laurent Chabert: So tonight we're going to eat, we revisited the stuffed tomato so completely vegetable with stuffed tomatoes inside the tomatoes of all colors a little feta that we brought back from Greece and after lots of herbs from the garden especially basil and I'm going to decorate it then I worked the capon because Michel Fugain talked about it last week and I said to myself it's true I forgot this fish.
Gérard Bertrand: Do you know what a capon is?
Melody Gardot: Yes
Gérard Bertrand : There are two capons, there is a capon which is poultry and then there is the fish which is called the capon.
Melody Gardot: I didn't know.
Gérard Bertrand:Where is he from? Mediterranean?
Chef Laurent Chabert: Like a big scorpionfish in fact and it's very red so of course it comes from the Mediterranean so we worked with a soup reduction juice in fact is a potato a little celery a little wild fennel that we found in La Clape and then we'll finish with the Carabineros shrimp, one of my signature dishes with tortellini with sheep's bush and lots of grass and a little tomato sauce much reduced.
Gérard Bertrand : You have to go to work, I'm going to have a drink with Melody.
Melody Gardot: That's the minimum considering I can't eat.
Gérard Bertrand : As you can't eat, we're going to taste the Gris Blanc the 2019 cuvée, cheers Melody!
Melody Gardot: I love glasses that don't have stems because often with a lot of people at home as soon as we've had a lot to drink, the stem becomes dangerous, so I drink from glasses like this, I smell first. And we're toasting Chin distance!
Gérard Bertrand : Chin! I remember last year you loved rosés and you know that tomorrow is a special day because it's world rosé day it's Rosé Day so tonight to celebrate that we're going to have three rosés tonight we will start with the Gris Blanc and then we will introduce me to the one behind you, so the Joy's and we will finish with the Clos du Temple.
Melody Gardot: Is it true that last year I remember everyone who came to the Castle, it was the pink theme?
Gérard Bertrand : It was to celebrate the Melody Gardot evening where we had made a good offer to the bouquets of roses We can say some worlds in English, because some people follow us from the U.S.A. and U.K. and you are from de U.S.A. from the east coast, yes?
Melody Gardot: Yes, from Philadelphia.
Gérard Bertrand : Philadelphia is close to Harrisburg.
Melody Gardot: No, it is actually strangely closer to NY city than Harrisburg.
Gérard Bertrand : But it is in Pennsylvania?
Melody Gardot: Philadelphia is like 2 hours from N.Y. city
Gérard Bertrand : When you speak in French, you have a French accent and when you speak in English you find yourself immediately with an American accent. do you realize this or not?
Melody Gardot: Ah yes I made a huge effort to speak with as little accent as possible.
Gérard Bertrand: You have Welsh roots, right?
Melody Gardot: I would say Austrian and Hungarian.
Gérard Bertrand : Now can we say that you are more Parisian than American, because you live in Paris?
Melody Gardot : Yes and no, I remain international, it is necessary to go left to right but what I like however is that the decision to spend a little more time sometimes gives me a good feeling. It was by chance but I find myself confined here like everyone else and soon I'm leaving to see my family my friends my mother in the United States. I love this city, it's not a problem and we have the best wine right next door thanks to you.
Gérard Bertrand : And for music, Paris for you is better than working in the United States or does it matter where you live find?
Melody Gardot : For the kinds of music I do, we're in LA a lot because my team is there. There's a great place in the south of France that I haven't had the pleasure of recording the album yet, which is called La Fabrique. The truth is you depend on the mics that come from 1950 ingredients that help us make the best quality music so we mostly find that stuff in Los Angeles and just by chance there's my friend who got a lot of equipment that also exists in France.
Gérard Bertrand : So I'm going to show you because the chef is ready for the first course, so Chef, what are we going to eat there?
Chef Laurent Chabert: The tomato, so there you have it, it doesn't really look more like a Fârsîs tomato like you can actually find it at home, but inside it's completely vegetal, a Chinese from colored tomatoes feta, then nasturtium leaves and flowers fried basil leaves.
Gérard Bertrand : I want to taste melody I'm sorry with the rosé, it's perfect yours Melody. I have a little surprise for you because last year you were so bewitching on the one that everyone is talking to me about you again it was really extraordinary your concert at the hospital and in July last year we will re-watch a little piece right away if it suits you.
Gérard Bertrand:So does that bring back good memories?
Melody Gardot : She was like my godmother in jazz music with her lessons on a performance of this song with Allen Broadbent, pianist who made the adapted arrangements to put on stage
Gérard Bertrand : You are very moved, how did it feel to play in the middle of the vines Melody is what it was first time?
Melody Gardot : Yes, it's the first time but I thought it was so beautiful that I spoke with Gérard right after because the invitation from come to a vineyard to play, for me I had the impression that it can be something huge because we have all these emotions. I loved it!
Gérard Bertrand : It was a great moment for us then I remember we drank two, three glasses of rosé after the concert it was very pleasant and people were jealous because he told me you still see a glass with Melody and we are waiting for you to arrive so I thank you again because we had drunk Château La Sauvageonne and it was a very good time so you know that this year we are going to do the 17th edition of the jazz festival and we waited until the last moment and we are going to we have just formalized the program today so we are very happy here because at the instead of doing five days we're going to do six days because we've reduced the number of people a bit to keep some distance so we'll have two evenings with Patrick Bruel then we'll have Kimberose, who has an extraordinary voice who's a young French woman who has was gold record last year then we will have Christophe Maé whom you know on July 25th and we will finish with Jean Bap tiste Guégan so it's great because for me it's the most beautiful week of the year because when we make the link between wine and gastronomy music and everyone vibrates together like that we say that you ne communion of spirit is a common spirit and I know that for you it is very important to be connected like that.
Melody Gardot : Yeah I totally agree and I admire the fact that you found solutions to continue despite the circumstances, it's very important . He happens to have a deafening silence in the art in the music so the cuisine in the gastronomy, in the culture...total! And we have to find a way to play a little with these rules that we have in front of us because they have just posed something that is totally out of context that it is not at all natural. For people who are greedy for example a good wine, a good meal, it's the most important yet it's love is not what we were talking about there it's the art of cooking l the art of wine the art of music everyone seems to do a program like that and then you say welcome and everyone comes to your house to participate in this feeling.
Gérard Bertrand : Exactly! So we're going to taste Joy's which is the second wine, the source of Joy, that's it! We have to celebrate joy, so it's a wine that is a Languedoc and organic AOP here, all these wines are available at our online store on www.gerard-bertrand.com I'm very happy because 'in fact you didn't taste that one last year because they weren't available yet it was a market we did initially for the American market which we have now launched worldwide and Joy's, source at Joy's I think it's very pretty because you want to dive into a source of fresh water.Cheers!
Melody Gardot : Love it! So health and bravo, congratulations
Gérard Bertrand : So what are we going to get the Chief with this?
Chef Laurent Chabert: Here the capon, I just simply grilled in the pan with olive oil a little bit of wild fennel celery fennel and a potato which were cooked in the soup then we have a celery rouille so with saffron with garlic and I added an orange condiment which will go very well with the soup, it's not really a soup, it's is a juice reduction.
Gérard Bertrand : Have you seen the chef's creativity? It's still extraordinary, I'm impressed every time I come to the kitchen on Fridays. The team is complete, there are fifteen people in the kitchen because we have returned to work, so the chef who is creating for us, but he has 70 covers tonight.
Gérard Bertrand : You will be welcome this summer to drink rosé, white with us and have fun. So tell me, we talked a bit about your activity since you launched a big project, can you tell us a word about the project you just launched around love in Paris because it's still quite exceptional what you have just done. Can you tell us a bit more?
Melody Gardot : I just spoke in my mind that this deafening silence, I decided to find ways to carry on despite, I happen to have used to spending most of the time with musicians at the base that they come from the United States, we were supposed to do a collaboration with an orchestra and a week before the confinement it was clear on and certain that everything was slowed down. After a month, I know that I can have a solution an idea and I said to myself we will try to break the silence. So we decided to do global global casting as it is digital worldwide. I'm explaining because it's very complicated, that is. In fact we put music and participants on my site, the arrangement was redone for this trial because it is very difficult so the arrangement is completely changed adapted for this way of recording and finally we had received insanely many, and now a final of five people who come from all over the world, we put the pieces together. It's that the sound that seems practically the same as if we were in the studio and it's because already the five people confined each of them recording and we married all this music together, and it's going to be released next Friday June 19th with a music video too.
Gérard Bertrand : So you're going to play music and you're also going to sing on this track?
Melody Gardot : In the track I sing the song I wrote called From Paris with love. And we found it perfect just because I was confined to Paris, so the only message I can send back to the planet is "I love you from Paris. So I sing with Anthony Wilson, he's a huge jazz guitarist and my usual band they're a trio and after all the other musicians come from all over the world, so that means I don't even know these people.
Gérard Bertrand : So we'll be able to follow this on your Instagram MelodyGardotOfficielle, and I thought I understood that there was a 17-year-old young person who is going also participate.
Melody Gardot : What is very interesting is that we launched this project, I decided to do this with my team and with the help of Universal, the studios are closed we can't do anything anymore it's dangerous and moreover they are athletes, if we don't have what it takes to practice free connected feel the overall vibrations then that's it something also to inspire people and so all these people who came, there was a lady, a little girl of 17 who comes not far from Paris who was so incredible that now she is also in my project, I will soon put her small clip in my Instagram It's cool!
Gérard Bertrand : So Melody, the chef is ready for the third course but before we taste it, I would like to introduce you to the Clos du Temps, which you know since we're going to taste the last rosé of the evening. We are very happy because the Clos du Temple, wines to be elected last week by the Global Rose Master as their best rosé in the world in England by a magazine called Drink Business, so Chef, we can toast together and Chief, what do you want to drink this rosé with?
Chef Laurent Chabert: So what I made was the Carabineros shrimp which was just cooked at low temperature so here we are at 48 degrees so that it remains very soft the tortellini at the bush which next to Carcassonne a tomato reduction that we made stewed on the barbecue at the start and then really reduced and small herbs.
Gérard Bertrand : It's wonderful! Can I taste Chef?
Chef Laurent Chabert: Indulge yourself!
Gérard Bertrand : I'll start with the tortellini, I should have been in the Michelin Guide to do the blind tastings. And so this is the Carabineros shrimp that comes from Palamos in Spain. So by the time Melody Gardot finds her phone charger, I'm enjoying it, Chief, great job!
Melody Gardot : I didn't know it was voted the best, at least if it had a description: "I didn't know itw as the best or nothing, I just love it, it is fantastic”
Gérard Bertrand : I like your accent from Philadelphia.
Melody Gardot : Thak you very much, forget about it!
Gérard Bertrand : You remember Philadelphia as the sound from Bruce Springsteen, itw as a great song.
Melody Gardot: Streets of Philadelphia.
Gérard Bertrand : Go ahead and give us three notes if you want on Streets of Philadelphia. I had the chance to dine next to him because I'm very good friends with Jonh Bon Jovi since you know we made a rosé together in the United States, it was a special moment because he tells stories of rockstar here and so I was listening since it was a good time and the two tasted we were drinking a glass of rosé like that in a small restaurant in New York, it was a little moment out of time like that. Mélodie, we're going to wish you a great summer, we're going to send you an invitation to come to the jazz festival, not to sing.
Melody Gardot : With pleasure!
Gérard Bertrand : But to come and spend two, three days with us because we have plenty of programs, we visit the vines we walk and then we go party and everyone needs it, it's not love from Paris but from L'Hospitalet tonight here and we'll tell you see you very soon, have a good weekend.
Melody Gardot: Hopefully, thank you and congratulations!
Gérard Bertrand : Thank you, chao!