He was working in Paris at the famed La Tour D’Argent, a grueling first step on the journey from his childhood in the mountains of Andorra to where he is now — one of the most admired chefs in the world, leading Manhattan’s elegant Le Bernardin for more than 20 years.
But one day, it occurred to him that perhaps he should be a fashion model instead.
It’s his own space, and even the cat, he says, knows not to wander in.
“I don’t know how he knows,” says Ripert in his heavy French accent, “but he knows.
Then join him for a discussion of which wine pairs best with the dish.