Hosted and interviewed by Florence Fabricant, acclaimed food writer and regular contributor to The New York Times dining section.
Though Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the world’s most famous chefs, his skills extend far beyond the kitchen. A savvy businessman and restaurateur, Jean-Georges is responsible for the operation and success of a constellation of three and four star restaurants worldwide. Jean-Georges currently manages and operates 30 restaurants across the globe, including 11 in his hometown, New York. In 2014, Jean-Georges ventured to Roppongi Hills to open JG Tokyo, a 14-counter seat restaurant, which was awarded its first Michelin Star this year. Most recently, he opened Matador Room, Market and Tropicale at The Miami Beach Edition as well as JG Dining Room and JG Kitchen in Dubai.
It was during his time training in Asia that Jean-Georges developed his love for the aromatic flavors of the East. His signature cuisine abandons the traditional use of meat stocks and creams and instead features the intense flavors and textures from vegetable juices, fruit essences, light broths, and herbal vinaigrettes. Jean-Georges’ culinary vision has redefined industry standards and revolutionized the way we eat.
Jean-Georges has published several cookbooks reflecting his influential style of cooking, including Simple Cuisine (Wiley, 1990); Cooking at Home with a Four Star Chef (Broadway Books, 1998), for which he won the Best Cookbook Award from the James Beard Foundation in 1999; and Simple to Spectacular (Broadway Books, 2000). In October 2007, he released Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges, featuring beloved recipes from his restaurants Spice Market, Vong, and 66. Most recently, Jean-Georges released Home Cooking with Jean-Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes (Clarkson Potter 2011).
After years of success, Jean-Georges’ favorite retreat is still the kitchen, and his favorite meals dished from a street cart in Thailand.
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