How would you describe your culinary philosophy?
My culinary philosophy has certainly changed since I arrived in Hong Kong.
With my French background I quickly understood how important it is to be both reactive & competitive.
Today French gastronomy suffers from too much complexity. I really want to thank Mr. Joel Robuchon for transmitting me his take on French cuisine: focused on taste, technical mastery & simplicity.
What is your culinary obsession?
My creations are first and foremost based on seasonality and the respect for product.
Secondly, I defend the French gastronomic classics, which means tome a defending a set of values including “terroirs”, traditions and “art de vivre” .
Finally, creativity is very important to create new inventions, challenging known standards to exceed our guest’s expectations without forgetting simplicity.
What was the most memorable meal you either cooked or ate?
The most memorable meal I ate was in 2009, at Joël Robuchon’s Restaurant in Galera, Hôtel Lisboa, Macao with Chef Francky Semblat.
Which hens lay the most interesting eggs?
To me, the most interesting eggs come from my Grandmother hen’s farm.
What does the area that your restaurant is situated in bring to the food you serve?
Thanks to the organization in Hong Kong, I am able to work with the same producers which I was already working with back in Burgundy. They provide me with the finest French ingredients.
Building on that, I also benefit from the best Japanese, Hong-Kong or Australian products.
If you could sit next to anyone from history at a dinner table and share a glass of Krug, who would that be?
If one day I have the chance to sit around a dinner table and share a glass of Krug with a historical personality, I will choose Muhammad Ali.
For you, which musical work best expresses the emotions felt when tasting Krug Grande Cuvée?
Krug Grande Cuvée brings me specific emotions that I can also feel when I am listening to Charles Aznavour: Love, Effervescence & Memories.
Which came first? The chicken or the egg?
That’s actually a tough question but for me… What came first? A glass of Krug!!!