Interview with Christian Lesquer

Interview with Christian Lesquer
Christian Lesquer is the discreet superstar chef at Pavillon Ledoyen. It may be an old maison (circa 1792, Napoleon was a regular client, as were Manet, Picasso and Degas) but Lesquer’s cuisine is young and inventive. Holding on to three- Michelin stars, for twelve years, Lesquer honed his craft chez Le Divellec : Lucas Carton : Le Ritz : Taillevent and Café de la Paix at Restaurant L’Opéra. Where were you born? In the Morbihan region at Ria D ‘Etel, Brittany What do you consider your best point? My simplicity Your hidden talent? Swimming If you could share a bottle of wine with a Parisien past or present? Definitely an elegant and charming woman! A local personality you admire? Martin Bouygues Your favourite month? September Your favourite part of Paris? All the monuments, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe. Fantastic. One object a Parisien should own? A bicycle Something you can’t live without? My perfume Your favourite lunch spot in Paris? ETC. my bistro at 2, rue Laperouse, 16th Best address for a coffee/glass of wine in Paris? The bars of the Palace hotels Where do you shop for clothes? Bon Marché And for groceries? Bon Marché La Grande Epicerie Your favourite part of Paris is? The Bois de Boulogne for my running and Saint Germain des Prés for my chilling The most fun thing to do in Paris? Cycle around Paris at night to appreciate the monuments, lit up so you can really appreciate their beauty. A secret « touristy » spot that you admire? The food and vegetable markets are incredible The most « touristy » thing you’ve done in Paris? Lunch or dine on the Bateaux Mouches The best « life lesson » you’ve learned? Knowing how to listen Three words to live by? Live hidden, live happy! If you ruled, something you’d change in the world? Give back to nature. We take too much away. Something you wish Parisiens would stop moaning about? Their status in life You have just 25€ left. How will you spend it? A good sandwich and a bon glass of wine Your favourite book is? Le Guide Michelin And your all-time favourite film? Le Grand Restaurant with Louis de Funés   Aside from Paris, your favourite place is? Saint Malo Is there an annual event you look forward to with impatience? Paris Fashion Week, which brings a hip, modern, contemporary look to the city and inspires my cuisine. One place that you take visitors in Paris? To a traditional authentic Paris bistro. Pavillon Ledoyen 1, avenue Dutuit, 8th M: Champs Elysées Clemenceau Valet Parking
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