The French Influence
Posted 16 December 2002 - 11:27 AM
While New York is often being touted as the world’s most innovative restaurant city, French cities like Paris and Lyon are being branded “démodé.” Yet when you look at most of New York’s top chefs, you find a bunch of Frenchmen. So in a sense, New York’s success is just an extension – or proof – of the French dominance of haute cuisine. True or false?
Which of today’s French chefs (cooking in France) do you find interesting? And what aspect of the dining experience – technique, service, setting, quality of ingredients -- do you think the French still do better than anyone else?
Posted 17 December 2002 - 07:38 AM
The French are very passionate about great ingredients, great cooking and great service....and also about refinement on the table (china, silver, etc...). It's also a great wine country. The combination of everything together make a very unique experience for the gourmets.
In France, Alain Ducasse concepts are a truly beautiful experience. I also like Guy Savoy, Alain Passard and many more very good Chefs....
Now it doesn't mean other cultures don't provide a great experience. I love Italian food, Thai food, Vietnamese food and Japanese food. Morocan and Indian are also very interesting, but at the very top of the industry, France is still an inspiration for all of the above.
American Chefs are doing amazing work....Thomas Keller, Charlie Trotter, Wolfgang Puck, Tom Colicchio...etc, but ask Thomas or Charlie where have they been influenced?