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Born: 1945-04-07
Profession: Chef
Nation: French
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As a chef, you need to respect your guests and their needs. If they decide that they want to eat certain things and not eat others, if for religious reasons or just decide they don't want to eat certain ingredients, you have to respect that.

Tags: Others, Religious, Respect

A few years ago, kids from poor areas in France were asked to draw items of food. For a chicken, they drew a drumstick. For a fish, they drew a fish stick. Those are extremes, but there is a lot that needs to be done to help children discover good food.

Tags: Children, Food, Good

Cooking is chemistry, really.

Tags: Chemistry, Cooking

I am a gourmand. I like to eat. When I have something that I like, I tend to have too much of it. That is a guilty pleasure.

Tags: Eat, Guilty, Pleasure

I like a well-roasted rotisserie chicken and eggs cooked various ways, like sunny-side up or scrambled. It's comfort food for me.

Tags: Comfort, Food, Ways

One should eat cumin every day!

Tags: Eat

Vegas represents the idea of America I had as a kid. The big cars, the pretty girls; everything is possible in Vegas.

Tags: America, Big, Pretty

We the chefs have a responsibility to learn about the chemical makeup of food!

Tags: Food, Learn, Makeup

When a dish works, it works for everyone, whether you're Asian, European, African, American or anybody else.

Tags: American, Else, Everyone

Creating deluxe cuisine is like playing a sport. Always competitive. Always challenging. And if you slow down a bit, you can no longer return to the top level.

Tags: Bit, Playing, Top

I am very honored for all the distinctions and accolades, but what I am most sensitive to is my clientele and the fact they are pleased with my food and my restaurants.

Tags: Fact, Food, Sensitive

I travel a lot. If you look at my suitcase, everything is extremely well-packed and well-folded; people who travel with me are impressed at how organized I am. Some would refer to me as a maniac for this.

Tags: Impressed, Maniac, Travel

I'm open to starting restaurants anywhere as long as the produce that's readily available is high quality. For example, I'm never doing a restaurant in Shanghai because I saw the produce available there, and it's just not good. I won't do a restaurant in Moscow for the same reason.

Tags: Good, High, Reason

I've never followed a vegan or vegetarian diet in the past, but I think I could do it. It would not be easy. I have worked with nutritionists who have said a vegan diet is not necessarily all positive for your health, because you need nutrients you only find in meats. I believe in a balanced diet.

Tags: Diet, Health, Positive

If you are killing a chicken and cooking a chicken, it has to taste like chicken. Veal has to taste like veal. You have to be able to identify what you're eating. One of my worst experiences is when I can't tell what I'm eating. It is a waste.

Tags: Able, Tell, Worst

In France today, people no longer eat as much heavy food and fat as they did 15 or 20 years ago. These days, French cooking, through the influence of 'grande cuisine,' has become a bit lighter. And we are beginning to discover the original flavors of our produce.

Tags: Become, Food, Today

My cooking philosophy, what I try to do, is to make a cuisine where the produce and the product shines, compared to some current trends that are maybe more adding additional things, like molecular cuisine, with a lot of additives and chemicals, which are now showing that they could be bad for your health.

Tags: Bad, Health, Philosophy

Right now, I am doing the reverse of molecular gastronomy. I'm working with scientists to find ingredients and produce that are proven to be good for you.

Tags: Good, Scientists, Working

Southeast Asia food uses many different types of spices which are quite new to me, like the curry leaves which I saw at the Kreta Ayer wet market in Chinatown. With such spices used in cooking, this usually imparts a strong aroma to Southeast Asian food, which appeals to the senses.

Tags: Food, Strong, Used

Taste is developed by the diversity of the products one can sample. I think our children today may be missing an education about food. We must teach them to know their cuisine and to know the equilibrium of nourishment. That is very important for health.

Tags: Education, Food, Health

The simpler the food, the harder it is to prepare it well. You want to truly taste what it is you're eating. So that goes back to the trend of fine ingredients. It's very Japanese: Preparing good ingredients very simply, without distractions from the flavor of the ingredient itself.

Tags: Food, Goes, Good

When I used to have a show on French TV, people would ask me how my jacket stayed spotless while cooking. Your whole area has to be clean - and you have to keep it that way.

Tags: Keep, Show, Whole

When I was 13, I entered the seminary in the hope of becoming a priest. But I often found myself helping the nuns in the kitchen and thus discovered my passion for cooking. I began to cultivate my skills and aspirations at the age of 15, when I embarked on my first apprenticeship.

Tags: Age, Hope, Passion

When new cooks come to work for me, they obviously make mistakes at the beginning or there's some messiness to the presentation. What I always say to them is: 'If you were cooking this for your mother or your girlfriend, would you make those mistakes?'

Tags: Mistakes, Mother, Work

When you cook, you take a life. When you eat fish, or meat, you take a life. And you must be very respectful of the ingredients and that is very important.

Tags: Eat, Fish, Life

I didn't mind being in school. But I was usually uninspired and always late. I did what I had to, but not more.

Tags: Late, Mind, School
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I just want to have a normal life, like everyone else, you know?

Tags: Else, Everyone, Life

I think that girls are always expected to have opinions about each other, and maybe I don't have an opinion about some things, you know?

Tags: Maybe, Opinion, Opinions

Sure the Internet is the future, but what we do on the Internet is still very primal.

Tags: Future, Internet, Sure

The marketing is just as important as the music, almost.

Tags: Almost, Marketing, Music

Being onstage and communicating with an audience was part of my life since I was very little, but I was never pushed into singing. My parents were so uninterested in me making music.

Tags: Life, Music, Parents

Club culture is always going to be a reflection of youth culture, but I think we're maybe moving into a time when the club is a place where older people can go, too. And it's a place people go to connect to themselves, it's not always about the party. It's also about letting off steam and expressing yourself and connecting to other people.

Tags: Moving, Time, Yourself

Everyone's talking about how no one is buying records any more, but to me it's quite logical. In the 1990s, music was so hardcore-marketed to a certain group of people that I think a lot of kids felt taken advantage of.

Tags: Everyone, Kids, Music

I don't want to have that thing where I make an album and then I'm super-constantly present in everyone's life for three years, and then gone for the next three.

Tags: Everyone, Life, Three

I think I'm always adopting a persona. That's how I look at pop music. I don't feel like I have to be myself. I feel like I have to be true to myself, but I don't have to show an exact picture of who I am.

Tags: Music, Show, True

My friends who are not from Sweden tell me that I'm more reserved or maybe more ... I guess the opposite of what a Latin American would be. Maybe because Scandinavians are more careful with their words and I guess it takes a lot to become a friend of a Swede.

Tags: Friend, Friends, Words

The music industry used to be able to control a single dance on the very smallest level of when people are supposed to hear it, and when they're supposed to start liking it, and when they're supposed to start buying it. And that's trashed, you know, that big machine that takes control and works albums for a long period.

Tags: Control, Music, Single

When you're 17 and you have an idea, people don't really listen to you. I came out of an environment where my parents were always pushing me to do what I wanted and be creative, and I was not used to the industry's way of thinking.

Tags: Creative, Parents, Thinking