Jacques Pépin

Chef, Teacher, Author
Madison, Connecticut

Best Accomplishment: My daughter
Proudest Moment: When I feel that I help someone through my classes or books
Cooking Philosophy: Freshest possible food with the least amount done to it; simple recipes

Best Farmers Market: My local market in Connecticut or my own garden
Best Kitchen Tool: My hand
Best Home Cooked Meal: Simple potato leek soup, roast chicken, rice and fruit or cheese for dessert
Best Dinner Party Menu: Same dishes above with special touches such as deglazing the chicken pan with cognac, a dash of cream and set the table with crystal and flowers
Best Cheese: Beaufort

Best Restaurant, Period: La Fragata - Playa del Carmen, Mexico (my wife and I eat there when we spend time in Playa del Carmen)
Best Pizza: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven, CT
Best Cheap Eat: The Clam Castle - Madison, CT (best lobster roll)
Best Ethnic: Taste of China - Clinton, CT
Best Sushi: Brushstroke - New York, NY
Best Hidden Gem: Le Petit Cafe - Branford, CT

Best Wine Under $15: French wines from the Rhône river valley (I don't buy wine above $15)
Best Coffee/Tea: Kobricks coffee in our machine at home
Best Cocktail: Reverse Manhattan

Best Song: Old French songs—our song is Strangers in the Night and I sing it to her occasionally (referring to his wife)
Best Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with my old friend Danny Kaye

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