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There is one delicious food that is adored across the world. It may have started life in South America as the humble cocoa bean, but it’s the Swiss, Belgians and French who’ve turned it into an ingredient we all adore. But Marcus loves a good old-fashioned British bar of chocolate, so can the French convince him that they do it better? \n\nTo find out, he visits Joel, a local chocolatier who takes inspiration from Provence to create chocolates with unusual flavour combinations, such as almonds and olives. Marcus is surprised by how good it is. He challenges Joel to make chocolates using English breakfast tea bags and invites him to dinner to try them out. With Joel bringing dessert, Marcus needs a main course, and he’s taking inspiration from a Provençal ingredient he’s obsessed with: figs. \n\nHere, they grow white figs, a variety you don’t see much in Britain, so Marcus meets up with local fig farmer Aurelie, who agrees to give him some in exchange for a lesson in how to make fig chutney. Marcus decides he’ll use the chutney in his simple twist on a classic British pub dish: a Provençal-style ploughman's, which he serves for dinner followed by Joel‘s English tea-flavoured chocolates.

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