Celebrity chef leaves hospital

Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc's been discharged from hospital in Oxford, two weeks after breaking his leg and ankle in six places.

The 60 year old fell down the stairs at his Oxfordshire home on Monday 1 March 2010.  He's had to have two operations at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital to set the broken bones.

In a statement, the owner of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons restaurant at Great Milton said: "I’m thrilled to announce that I will be leaving the John Radcliffe on 17 March, which coincides with the 26th Anniversary of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons!  What could be more fitting than to return to the place where I have shared so much success and so many memories with friends and family?

"I cannot praise the surgeons and staff of the John Radcliffe highly enough," he continued. "They have looked after me exceptionally well and made sure I did not suffer unnecessary pain.  I am trying to look at this as an opportunity to write at least one of the books I have been meaning to get around to.

"I shall recuperate at Le Manoir as I have to stay off my feet for another twelve weeks.  However, this means that I can work with my team."

"I am privileged to be supported by the best professionals, with whom I have worked for many years and who share the same vision of excellence. I place my complete trust in their professionalism and I know they will provide you with the very best experience."

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