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V CELEBRITY CHEF Reza Mahammad fell for

the delights of rural France while filming in the

Ardèche twelve years ago. Warwick Hewson's love

for the country dates from the holidays of his

youth, and his grasp of the language bears testament to this. Reza

is learning French quickly. "After all," he

says, "so much cuisine terminology is French."

They had been business partners for several years when

they first considered buying a property in France six years

ago. They spent two years considering locations before

making their decision.

"We love France for its space, gently rolling countryside,

fresh produce and lifestyle options," says Warwick.

"Paramount was the need to be accessible. We both

work internationally and have to maintain bases in London.

Reza travels extensively filming and taking part in international food

exhibitions. I work as an agent and musician in

INSPIRING PEOPLE

Indian Spice

A Charentaise Maison de Maître is the site of an exciting new cookery

school created by Reza Mahammad and Warwick Hewson. Spices and

flavours of the Orient embellish the worktops of 'Chez Cartier'

London. We were both seeking a new slant for our lives,

one where we could combine our skills and create a lifestyle and business

in a beautiful, tranquil location.

"We decided the southern Charente was ideal for us.

It is under an hour from Bordeaux airport and half an hour

from Angoulême's TGV station."

For Reza, the house was a love affair that started right at

its front gate. "The minute I walked in and saw the staircase,

with its crystal roundel on the newel post, I knew we were

home."

The property's façade and front half have the grandeur

of the late 19th century, while the back is several hundred

years older. Owned by the same family for generations,

it was the first house locally to have power and running

water.

"Its last chatelaine used Chez Cartier as her country

home," continues Reza. "Since we bought it, we've been

WORDS: HELEN HOLBROOK | PHOTOS: CYRILLE MOINGEON

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