What should you answer if you are a Chef


A different perspective to the famous Proust/Pivot/Lipton questionnaire; a way to tackle the questions with a cheat sheet. Use this shortcut if you have no bloody idea what to say.

What should you answer if you are a Chef

Where would like to be right now?

El Bulli, in the Costa Brava, Spain.

Who is your favorite chef?

My mother.

Who is your favorite chef that is not your mother?

Gualtiero Marchesi.

Who is indispensable in your restaurant?

Everybody. But the sommelier is special…he chooses the right wines for my food.

Whom would you kick out of your kitchen?

Rachel Ray.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?

Chocolate mousse.

When are you happiest?

In the kitchen.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d like to be able to paint and mix colors like Picasso.

When do you lie?

When I say “no” to another serving of dessert.

What is your favorite word?

Two words actually: “Bon appétit!”

What is your least favorite word?

Three words: “Take it back.”

What do you fear?

Losing my sense of taste.

What’s your major defect?


What’s your greatest virtue?

My entrées.

What’s your motto?

“It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is the sauce.”

What’s your favorite curse word?


What’s your favorite cuisine?


What’s your favorite book?

History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat.

What’s your favorite movie?

Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

What don’t you like about yourself?

My hidden passion for junk food.

What trait do you most dislike in others?

When they add ketchup to everything.

Whom do you admire?

Carême, Escoffier, Ducasse, Ferran Adrià, Heston Blumenthal and The Swedish Chef — the Svenske Kocken — from the Muppets.

Whom do you despise?

Those responsible for world starvation.

What profession, other than your own, would you to take a stab at?

I’d like to be a wine collector.

What profession would you never try?

Diet pill manufacturer.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“The table is ready, it’s time to eat.”

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