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The loss of a great French chef

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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the beloved French chef who recently left us for that great kitchen in the sky. There’s news from Paris, listener letters, great music and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 6:15, 7:15, 14:45 and 16:45 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews and great music, so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members! Jaycinta Cheptoo from Nairobi, Kenya and Lesimole Cleera Moremi from Sefikeng, Lesotho. So glad you have joined us!

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy.

A warm welcome to Audrey Iattoni (, your new contact person for all RFI Club business. Remember to copy me ( when you write her so that I stay in the loop too.

RFI Clubs: Thanks to all the clubs who participated in the RFI Club photography contest. The winner is the Seven Stars Listening Club in District Chiniot, Pakistan. Muhammad Saleem Akhtar Chadhar is the founder and president. Congratulations Seven Stars! The Club has won a Sony Cyber-shot camera. It wasn’t easy for the judges as there were so many lovely photos, which you can see on the brand-new RFI English Clubs Facebook page as well as The Sound Kitchen and RFI English Facebook pages. Many thanks to the judges, all from RFI: Hodi Saleh, Kevin Colin and Daniel Singleton, the Editor-in-Chief of the English service.

This week’s quiz: On 27 January, I asked you about a beloved French chef who had just died. You were to send in his name, as well as how many Michelin stars he won during his long career.

The answer is: The three-star chef Paul Bocuse. Bocuse, from Lyon, came from a dynasty of cooks going back to the 18th century; as RFI English reported, he died in his sleep in the room in which he was born on 20January. Bocuse was so loved by his countrymen there was even a moment of silence before a football match to honor him.

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club members Mithila Yeasmin from the Wave Surfers Association Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh; Zenon Teles, from the Christian – Marxist - Leninist - Maoist Association of Listening DX-ers in Goa, India; McEdwin Ifeanyi Obi from Banjul, The Gambia; Rachid Dahmani from M’sila, Algeria and Miss Karobi Hazarika, from Assam, India.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Kodaly: intermezzo from “Hary Janos” performed by the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra conducted by János Ferencsik; “Amelie’s Waltz” by Yann Tiersen; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; Leon Bridges: “Coming Home”, written by Leon Bridges, Joshua Block, Todd Bridges, Austin Michael Jenkins and Chris Vivion.

Have a musical request? Write me and let me know!

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 9 April to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 14 April program. Be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

80, rue Camille Desmoulins

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux



By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

To find out how you can win a special Sound Kitchen prize click here

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