Person of the Moment – Christian Constant

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Person of the Moment – Christian Constant
With several restaurants on rue Saint-Dominique, fans say it will soon be re-named rue Constant! And, as the flagship “Violon d’Ingres” re-opens, following a handsome makeover by architect Luis Aleluia, BUZZ took the opportunity to ask the chef, affectionately referred to as “the pitbull” by Generation Constant, the numerous talents he has trained, a few questions. What are you most proud of in terms of your own achievement?To be able to pass on my craft. What’s your secret talent?Le Pétanque! Where were you born?Montauban, south-west France. The same place as the artist Ingres A local person you admire is?Auguste Eiffel Your favourite Paris is?The Sunday morning markets across the city An object that every Parisien should own?A two wheeler bike, otherwise they’ll never get anywhere! Your favourite Paris lunch spot is?The Bristol terrace Best address for coffee or a glass of wine?Café Constant of course! Where do you buy your clothes?I love going to Ralph Lauren for the big occasions Where do you shop for produce/groceries?My fruit and vegetables chez Haricot VertMy tins of sardines from L’Epicier du Gros CaillouMy fish from Chez la Sablaise, rue Cler, 7thMy beef from La Boucherie La Nivernaise Which is your favourite Paris neighbourhood?The 7th Most fun thing to do in Paris is?Going to the theatre, there’s so much choice. What’s the “touristy” thing you’d secretly like to do in Paris, but haven’t?Explore Les Egouts de Paris (the underground sewer complex) even though I live nearby! What’s the most “touristy” thing you’ve done in Paris?Oh la la! Le Moulin Rouge with my lovely nieces, we had a ball! Best “Life Lesson” you’ve learned?Never take anything for granted I can’t live without?My lovely wife and my beautiful children. Three words to live by?Passion, discipline, work One thing, if you could change the world?No more unemployment One thing you wish Parisiens would stop moaning about?The weather! Favourite Film?La Vache et le Prisonnier (The Cow & I) with Fernandel.  My father took me to see it when I was small, such a happy time, such lovely memories. Favourite City (other than Paris)Toulouse, the Pink city. You have 25€ left. How will you spend it?A bonne baguette, a thick slice of country ham and a glass good of red wine A favourite website?For holidays I/we (with my wife Catherine and our family) always go to Tours by Locals, a great way of discovering new places and faces. An annual event you never miss is?The Six Nations Rugby Tournament.. Which is the one place you HAVE to take an out-of-town guest to, in Paris? The Champs Elysées. Maison Constant
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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend It.com, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !