What are Eric Ripert’s favorite ingredients to cook with?
You can live without a lot of things, but my favorite ingredient is actually not a fish. It’s a black truffle — for many reasons. First of all, it’s very mystical. It’s very rare. We cannot cultivate black truffles yet and have good results. They’re all slightly different; they don’t taste the same. You can cook with it and develop their aroma. You have to be very, very careful, because if you cook them too much, they lose all the flavors. If you don’t cook then enough, they don’t develop fully their flavor, so you have to be very attentive to it. And I find that ingredient one of the most esoteric magic ingredients.