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Gilbert LeCoze


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Chef Ripert,

What do you most fondly remember about Gilbert? I have VHS tapes of a Pierre Franey show taped in 1989-90(?). Two of the episodes featured Le Bernadin. I dug them out tonight hoping to see the younger Ripert in action. Alas, the segments were apparently taped when the restaurant was closed--no one in the background. However, Gilbert was superb doing a scallop with sorral in one and poaching medallions in the other.

PJ

"Epater les bourgeois."

--Lester Bangs via Bruce Sterling

(Dori Bangs)

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Gilbert was an amazinly talented Chef, a great business man with a very charismatic personality, very funny and generous. He loved women, good food, good wines...I am tempted to say he was very French?!

We became very good friends rapidly. Before he hired me, I went on vacation in Italy and Spain and he asked me if I would show him Barcelona, Madrid and San Sebastian. He joined me in Barcelona....what an exhausting and fun vacation! Once I started at Le Bernardin, we already had created a relationship.

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