Who is the chef at Le Bernardin, and what is his background?

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Acclaimed chef Eric Ripert is chef-partner of Le Bernardin. Born in France, Ripert left home at just 15 years old to attend culinary school in Perpignan in the southern part of the country. He began his career at age 17 in the kitchen of Paris’ La Tour D’Argent restaurant and then at Joël Robuchon’s Jamin. In 1989, Ripert moved to the United States to work at Jean-Louis at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., under famed French chef Jean-Louis Palladin.

Ripert joined Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Le Bernardin in 1991 and has become the restaurant’s longest-standing chef. He is now one of the most celebrated chefs in the world, winning the 2003 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef of the Year. He’s also gained further fame from frequent appearances on No Reservations, as a guest judge on Top Chef and from hosting his own Emmy Award-winning PBS cooking show, Avec Eric.

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