“I’ve known Eric for years, and I had no idea that this was how it all started.
If you want to get a clear picture of where one gets the drive and dedication to be a truly great chef, there is no better or more harrowing an account.” —Anthony Bourdain “This book demonstrates just how amazing Eric’s life has been both inside and outside of the kitchen.
Known for fostering a Zen-like kitchen at his restaurant in New York — where everyone from him to the sous chef to the commis (a kitchen newbie who may still be in training) are to be addressed as “Chef” during service — it’s not just the Buddhist prayer beads around his wrist that give Ripert his aura of serenity, it’s . v=Iw A0WT7r At Y&feature=player_embedded With a resume that lists credentials including the position of Chair of New York’s City Harvest’s Food Council, a local food rescue organization; an Emmy award-winning television series, , that has carried over a record number of years dating back to 1995 (when Ripert was only 29 years of age); and, how could we forget, a knighthood in the form of the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor, there’s no reason for Ripert to be modest, but modest and humble remain the best adjectives to describe Ripert.
Ranked the 19th best restaurant internationally by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Le Bernardin — where Ripert has been since 1991 — is a restaurant owned and run by a chef crowned with not only critical acclaim, but even more rare, the sterling reputation of existing as a near anomaly in an industry dominated by ego and temper.
Below, Ripert talks culinary inspiration, kitchen philosophies, and evolving in the era of the Food Network. You know, every big city is becoming a big dining city.
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