Alain is a member of the prestigious group Maitre Cuisinaire de France
RESTAURANT –La Ferme
1-What was your first job in food?
Making Mocha cake for the delight of my family
2-When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Nothing specifically but definitely something different than all the other kids on my street who were all going to become factory workers and therefore directed to the local school to become mechanics, metal workers etc. I was pushed a bit by my aunt who was a private cook always insisting that if I became a cook I would never be hungry. I was born a few year after the second world war and the memory of famine was still in every adult mind. My uncle was a baker, I liked him as he was always kind and funny so I kind of see him as an example to follow
3-What’s your favorite thing about being a chef?
It is never boring and everybody likes the chef
4-Did you have an “aha” moment when you knew you wanted to be a chef?
Not really although I was happy to learn that a college nearby was teaching cooking and none of the other kids was going there
5-Best advice you ever got?
Be precise, always remember that the customer has nothing to do but watch his plate so make it look nice.
6-What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Dried caterpillar, live bugs called Jumiles in the state of Puebla in Mexico they were served with Cecina, a dried beef served grilled in the markets, the taste of the Jumiles was very strong and curious . very special
7-Your favorite ingredient?
Saffron and fresh peppercorn
8-The ingredient that turns you off the most.
Still looking for it but I remember a dish that my mother adored but that I always disliked with passion. Cooked and thickened buttermilk sweetened with brown beet sugar and eaten with bread. I always dislike the smell and the taste of it and could not understand why my mother loved it.
9-Your favorite tool.
A good sharp knife
10-What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not cooking.
11-What would you like to do before you get too old to do it.
Kill the numerous destination in my Bucket list
12-How do you deal with the stress?
I don’t , I am rarely stressed and if I am I let it wear out
13-Who would you like to meet?
Steve Mac Queen, the actor. I always liked him since I was a kid
14-Who would you like to cook for?
My dad who passed away a long time ago
15-What was the hardest thing for you to learn? Or is there something you just can’t get right?
To restrain from eating too much of the food I cook
16-Is there some little something you do for your family to make up for the time you’re not with them?
I cook for them
17-How did becoming a chef change your life? Your direction.
From where i come from you stay and do what your parents and neighbor have done all their life, You were not allowed to be ambitious and the only way out was to find a job far away. Becoming a cook , then a chef, has open a lot of opportunity to travel. The respect that people have for A chef is sometimes overwhelming as they think that you are so special. As for the direction: always ready for the next trip preferably on a bike to somewhere beyond the boonies where there is no phone, no internet and the roads do not appear on the map.