The mere mention of Jean-Georges Vongerichten tantalizes the taste buds. The chef and cookbook author is internationally known, with 10 restaurants in New York City alone, and countless others spread across such far-flung locales as Miami Beach, St. Barts, Paris, Dubai and Tokyo. Jean-Georges was born and raised on the outskirts of Strasbourg in Alsace, France, but his signature cuisine reflects his love for the exotic flavors of the East. By abandoning the traditional use of meat stocks and creams, Jean-Georges has made his mark on the culinary world. Though we'd love to invite Jean-Georges into our kitchen, we'll settle for getting an inside scoop for how he spends his days.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Two eggs sunny side up, cappuccino, green juice from the Mercer Kitchen.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Planning parties for my friends and siblings.
Who is your favorite dining companion?
My brother Philippe. We eat lunch together five days a week.
What travel destination would you return to indefinitely?
Japan. I love the food scene and culture. I visit at least once a year.
What is your connection to the Caribbean?
I love St. Barts. I travel there for a few weeks every December to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.
What is your favorite ingredient to cook with?
Chilies! I use them in everything I make.
You're having your last meal. What do you choose to eat?
Either sushi or a bowl of pasta.
Where is paradise for you?
St. Barts. It's a place where I truly disconnect and spend time with the people I love most. I take my shoes off for three weeks and couldn't be happier.