By Krystian von Speidel
11:01 AM EDT, July 27, 2011
Where do you hail from and how has your cultural background influenced your outlook on food?
I am a real French foodie. I enjoy eating light, healthy and delicious meals. I have also traveled the world and enjoy very much the influence of the Mediterranean food and its spices used in so many different countries to enhance real flavors.
What is the most unusual dish you've ever prepared or eaten?
Horse meat in Paris, France.
How would you define the type of food served at your restaurant and what makes it so unique and special?
We define it as French with the Mediterranean flair from different countries, like Italy, South France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and more. What makes our food so special are the all the vegetarian and vegan choices, gluten-free buckwheat crepes, the fresh herbed seafood, the marinated tender lambs, and all the fresh salads.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you eat there?
I would be on the Côte d'Azur enjoying a roasted heirloom beet salad and a cassoulet of lamb, duck confit and chorizo sausage.
The inexpensive product you can't live without?
Your favorite cocktail?
Gin and tonic.
Dinner or lunch spot guaranteed to impress an out-of-town visitor?
Cafe d'Azur, of course!
If you're in the kitchen, what are you cooking?
What do you absolutely have to have on-hand when having friends over?
A nice bottle of wine.
The character trait you find most attractive in others?
Your ultimate vacation spot?
The Côte d'Azur, better known as the French Riviera.
What are your most treasured possessions?
What recent books have kept you reading into the night?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.
If you could have any guest at your table, who would you have over for dinner and what would you serve?
Good and fun friends. I'd serve foie gras, octopus pomodoro, lamb chops and halibut.