Eric Ripert is the executive chef and co-owner of three Michelin star–winning French restaurant Le Bernardin, and in 2003 was awarded the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef of the Year. If you can't make it to his restaurant, check out his cookbooks or try the recipes on his blog, Avec Eric. Get to know Ripert in this week's Meet & Eat.
Name: Eric Ripert
Location: New York City
Occupation: Executive chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin
What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? It's lunch and I usually eat at the restaurant—however, from time to time I sneak away for a pizza at Serafina on 55th and Broadway.
Favorite comfort food? French fries.
Guilty pleasures? Where should I begin? Let's start with dark chocolate....
Describe your perfect meal. A perfect meal to me is being surrounded by my family and friends in a beautiful location—and of course enjoying great food and drinking fantastic wines.
Food you won't eat? Food that lacks freshness.
Your Favorite burger in New York City? The one I make at home.
Favorite bagel? I am not an expert, but I enjoy H&H.
Best late-night eats? Balthazar.
Undiscovered gem? I don't think there are any left in this age of the internet.
What is New York missing, foodwise? A very luxurious Indian or Lebanese restaurant.
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