Chef Eric Ripert talks Le Bernardin, Bourdain and a little bit of Good vs. Evil

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Let the official countdown begin. In less than one month, two close friends with contrasting personalities, Chef Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain will be on the center stage at PPAC on May 2, 2013 for a must-attend event. For one special night, these celebrity personalities are taking off their chef coats and stepping away from the TV cameras to share an evening of storytelling, providing eye-opening insight into what really happens behind kitchen doors.

In case you live under a rock :), Eric Ripert is a world-renowned chef and co-owner of New York’s famed and Michelin-Rated, Le Bernardin. You may have even seen him on TV as a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. We are huge fans of Eric Ripert and were honored to have the opportunity to conduct an interview and pick his brain for a bit.

Nick: If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? And why?
Eric Ripert: I can’t think like that! Hopefully I will be lucky enough not to find myself in that position!

N: What advice would you give young chefs who aspire to be like celebrity chefs such as yourself?
ER: Well, I don’t advise anyone to aspire to be a ‘celebrity’ chef – if you want to be a chef, it shouldn’t be to become famous, but for the love of food and cooking.

N: Who is the one person that you would be most honored to cook for? What would you prepare for them?
ER: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and I would prepare a vegetarian dish with all the seasonal vegetables available.

N: Who are some of your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
ER: Employees at Le Bernardin and my wife – so I can keep an eye on them… LOL! And of course Tony!

N: You are known for being a master seafood chef. Do you have a personal favorite fish to eat (or to cook in your restaurant)?
ER: I don’t really have a personal favorite when it comes to fish. I enjoy all of it – the beauty of seafood is that it is so diverse. 

N: Without giving away too much about the show…obviously you and Bourdain have contrasting personalities yet you are still close friends. Tell us about your relationship with Bourdain.
ER: We have been friends for a long time – since 2000. We don’t see each other often as he travels so much for his show however we have great fun when we do the show and we have a mutual respect and tolerance of each other.

N: In three words, describe Anthony Bourdain.
ER: Sharp, Straightforward, Loyal.

N: In three words, how would you describe Good VS Evil?
ER: Good. Versus. Evil. LOL!!!!

N: Can you give us any insight about what to expect in the Good VS Evil show? Or should we leave it as a surprise?
It should be a surprise however, the show lasts for about 2 hours. People generally laugh a lot and hopefully leave the room inspired.

N: Thanks, Chef. We are looking forward to the show!


Don’t forget to buy your tickets to GOOD VS. EVIL on the official website for Providence Performing Arts Center or by clicking here!

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