Tributes to Auch chef Andre Daguin

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Auch chef Andre Daguin, credited with inventing the magret de canard dish emblematic of Occitanie and making the rich duck delicacy famous worldwide, has died aged 84, his family told AFP. He died peacefully on Tuesday at his home in Auch, near Toulouse, after a struggle with cancer, his daughter Ariane Daguin said.

He took over the Hotel de France restaurant in Auch from his father, receiving his first Michelin star in 1960 and another a decade later.

It was there that he dreamt up the magret de canard dish, made from the breast of a duck (or a goose) that has been fattened for foie gras.

The extra fat gives the meat a succulent, melt-in-the-mouth taste that rapidly won over diners in France as well as abroad.

“He was the one who ‘invented’ the magret de canard, promoting it through his restaurant,” said Roland Heguy, the president of France’s union of hoteliers UMIH.

Source: Business Recorder