Eric Ripert

Chef

New York

Eric Ripert is the chef and co-owner of the New York restaurant Le Bernardin. In addition, Ripert has partnered with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to open restaurants at various destinations, including Blue in Grand Cayman. He is chair of City Harvest’s Food Council, a New York-based food rescue organization, as well as a recipient of the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor. He has served as a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and is the host of his own PBS TV series Avec Eric, which has won Emmy and James Beard awards. Ripert is the author of four cookbooks, including Avec Eric (2010), On the Line (2008), A Return to Cooking (2002) and Le Bernardin Cookbook (1998).

  • On October 29, 2012
    Alexandra Guarnaschelli answered the question: Alexandra Guarnaschelli

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    Hong Kong. For food people, there’s so much there to see. Everywhere you turn in Hong Kong, there are pork buns steaming in a basket. You go in the food courts, you go in these complexes, and the food quality is amazing. And then Singapore, Istanbul — I was just in Istanbul for the first time, and it’s just amazing there. The east/west kind of feel, and the food, it’s just amazing. I learn so much when I travel. Travel is knowledge. It broadens your horizons.
  • On October 29, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    I love Paris, London, Tokyo, Barcelona. I grew up very close to Barcelona, from age 9 to 17, so I was spending all my weekends there. I love the integration of the antique part of the city with the more modern part of the city. I love the vibe and the ambience of the people there. And, there are a lot of good restaurants.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    I love Paris, London, Tokyo, Barcelona. I grew up very close to Barcelona, from age 9 to 17, so I was spending all my weekends there. I love the integration of the antique part of the city with the more modern part of the city. I love the vibe and the ambience of the people there. And, there are a lot of good restaurants.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    I love Paris, London, Tokyo, Barcelona. I grew up very close to Barcelona, from age 9 to 17, so I was spending all my weekends there. I love the integration of the antique part of the city with the more modern part of the city. I love the vibe and the ambience of the people there. And, there are a lot of good restaurants.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are the best places for dessert in New York City?

    La Maison du Chocolat has great dark chocolate, desserts. It’s close to my house. And then I eat dessert in the restaurant most of the time. Yesterday at Balthazar, I had my two canelés, and then they brought me profiteroles. I didn’t say no.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite dessert spots in New York City?

    La Maison du Chocolat has great dark chocolate, desserts. It’s close to my house. And then I eat dessert in the restaurant most of the time. Yesterday at Balthazar, I had my two canelés, and then they brought me profiteroles. I didn’t say no.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are the best restaurants in New York City?

    There’s always something new opening in New York — two or three places a day. However, I go to Balthazar religiously — at least every ten days. I always start with oysters, clams, King crab or stone crab when they are in season. I’m very predictable — they know me by heart. It’s either steak frites or a tartare. And then I have two canelé and an espresso. Always the same thing, and always the same table. 
  • On October 18, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite restaurants in New York City?

    There’s always something new opening in New York — two or three places a day. However, I go to Balthazar religiously — at least every ten days. I always start with oysters, clams, king crab or stone crab when they are in season. I’m very predictable — they know me by heart. It’s either a steak frite or a tartare. And then I have two canelé and an espresso. Always the same thing, and always the same table.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are the best things to see and do in New York City?

    In New York, every morning, I walk in Central Park. I think this is pretty unique because I leave my house and I am basically in the park for 40 minutes. Central Park is fantastic. I love the fact that in New York, depending on your mood, you can go from one area that is completely different from another. For instance, I live on the Upper East Side, and if I go to SoHo, or go to the Meatpacking District, it’s totally different. I love the ambience of being downtown.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite things to do in New York City?

    In New York, every morning, I walk in Central Park. I think this is pretty unique because I leave my house and I am basically in the park for 40 minutes. Central Park is fantastic. I love the fact that in New York, depending on your mood, you can go from one area that is completely different from another. For instance, I live on the Upper East Side, and if I go to SoHo, or go to the Meatpacking District, it’s totally different. I love the ambience of being downtown.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are some of Eric Ripert's favorite restaurants in Barcelona?

    Jean Luc Figueras, Commerç 24, Casa Tejada — which is now probably less trendy, because it was trendy 25 years ago. But Commerç 24 is very recent. Barcelona is a city that renews itself all the time. I just feel good there — it’s a good vibe.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are the five best places to eat in Barcelona?

    Jean Luc Figueras, Comerç 24, Casa Tejada — which is now probably less trendy, because it was trendy 25 years ago. But Comerç 24 is very recent. Barcelona is a city that renews itself all the time. I just feel good there — it’s a good vibe.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    I love Paris, London, Tokyo, Barcelona. I grew up very close to Barcelona, from age 9 to 17, so I was spending all my weekends there. I love the integration of the antique part of the city with the more modern part of the city. I love the vibe and the ambience of the people there. And, there are a lot of good restaurants.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Michael White answered the question: Michael White

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    New York has been good to me. It’s such a vivacious city, so much happening here. There’s just so much more here — it’s such an international city. It’s what makes the restaurants great and what makes everything great — the dichotomy of different people that are here in the city. It allows chefs such as myself to do food that people can’t get elsewhere.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Michael White answered the question: Michael White

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    Hong Kong. For food people, there’s so much there to see. Everywhere you turn in Hong Kong, there are pork buns steaming in a basket. You go in the food courts, you go in these complexes, and the food quality is amazing. And then Singapore, Istanbul — I was just in Istanbul for the first time, and it’s just amazing there. The east/west kind of feel, and the food, it’s just amazing. I learn so much when I travel. Travel is knowledge. It broadens your horizons.