"Before nouvelle cuisine, no chef had the right to create their own dishes. You had to copy Escoffier.”
Chef Michel Richard
on the late Jean Louis Palladin's contributions to the culinary world.
The mentality among the rank-and-file chefs back in France, notes Richard, went something like this: “Creating your own dish when I was a young man? Are you sick? You’re not smart enough to create your own dish.”
Richard is honoring Chef Palladin ten years after his death with a multi-course tribute meal at his DC eatery. Read the article in the Washington Post here.