The Man Who Made Mock Turtle Soup

150 years before Jamie Oliver, Alexis Soyer was Britain's first celebrity chef.

He opened England's first public restaurant, wrote best-selling cookery books and created relishes which his friends, Mssrs Crosse and Blackwell marketed.

He also invented the soup kitchen as a means of alleviating the Irish Potato Famine and revolutionised army catering, working alongside Florence Nightingale in the Crimea.

Michel Roux tries out one of his most famous recipes while Ruth Brandon, Martin Jarvis and A N Wilson tell his remarkable story.

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150 years before Jamie Oliver, Alexis Soyer was Britain's first celebrity chef.

He opened England's first public restaurant, wrote best-selling cookery books and created relishes which his friends, Mssrs Crosse and Blackwell marketed.

He also invented the soup kitchen as a means of alleviating the Irish Potato Famine and revolutionised army catering, working alongside Florence Nightingale in the Crimea.

Michel Roux tries out one of his most famous recipes while Ruth Brandon, Martin Jarvis and A N Wilson tell his remarkable story.

Bill Lloyd investigates the life of Alexis Poyet, the first Victorian celebrity chef.

Bill Lloyd investigates the life of Alexis Poyet, the first Victorian celebrity chef. With Michel Roux and AN Wilson. From January 2005.