Best meal I ever ate:
So many, but I'd have to say a marmite dieppoise at "La Marmite Dieppoise" in, that's right, Dieppe. Followed closely by a red snapper simply grilled with garlic at "Chez Mama Cilicap" in Pangandaran, Java.
My current drink of choice:
A glass of porto while working away on dinner in the kitchen.
I really wish I could:
Fulfill my pastoral dreams of owning a rambling farmhouse in Normandy, complete with kitchen garden and goats.
My "Go-to" dinner party dish:
Filet mignon wrapped in garlic, herbs, wild mushrooms and pancetta with a porto reduction, served with simply roasted new potatoes and French beans Robuchon-style. A hit every single time.
My favorite comfort food:
Depends on the day, the season and especially, why I need comforting, but I'd have to say grilled cheese.
My top 5 favorite restaurants:
1. Chez Merie near Sainte Foy in the Tarentaise valley. 2. La Marmite Dieppoise in Dieppe. 3. L'Archivolto in Bonifacio, Corsica.
My most tattered cookbooks:
Nigella Lawson's "Feast" and "How to Eat", Jaimie Oliver's "The Naked Chef", Anne Lindsay (she taught me how to feed myself when I was a student who knew little more than how to fry and egg), "The Young Thailand Cookbook", Madhur Jaffrey's "Quick and Easy Indian Cooking", Anthony Bourdin's "Les Halles Cookbook".