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Ten Questions with BVIWFF Featured Chef François Payard

We are excited and honored to have Chef François Payard at our festival this year, we recently asked him a few questions about his career, cooking, and the BVI.

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1. Where are you from and what got you started in the culinary world?
I was born in Nice France. My father and grandfather were pastry chefs so I grew up in the kitchen.

2. Have you been to the British Virgin Islands before? If yes, can you share your favorite memory from your trip. If no, tell us what you would like to do here besides cooking.
I have not been to the British Virgin Islands before so I am very much looking forward to coming in November. I rarely go on vacation so I’m hoping when I’m not cooking or prepping, I get the chance to just relax and enjoy the beach and beautiful scenary.

3. If you had to choose a song to describe your cooking style which would it be?
I would choose Eye of the Tiger because I love that song and when I’m in the kitchen I get in a zone and am very organized and focused.

4. What is your comfort food?
Cookies and ice cream

5. Favorite drink, cocktail, wine, or beer is?
I love IPAs

6. Is there any food you haven’t tried but want to?
I’ve pretty much tried every food I’ve wanted to, but I’m always open to learning about something new.

7. What advice would you give to someone interested in making culinary a career?
Stay true to yourself and work hard. There is always more to learn.

8. What is your secret to success?
I don’t know that I have a secret to my success but I’m always trying to be better. Never stop working hard.

9. Tell us the funniest story from a restaurant you worked in.
I can’t name names, but while I was working in a certain restaurant the chef would always be telling us “no running in the kitchen!” One day someone very important was in the restaurant and as the chef was running around the kitchen, he turned a corner and ran into a waiter carrying a long silver tray which went right into his forehead. He ended up needing 3 stitches. The next day we couldn’t wait to tell him “practice what you preach-no running in the kitchen!”

10. If you could stay in the BVI for a week longer what would you do?
I’d pretend like I was actually on vacation and go swimming, play tennis, take a nap on the beach and take a boat out on the water to fish.

To read more about Chef Payard or purchase some of his amazing creations visit his website at
http://www.payard.com/

Chef Payard on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fpayard

Chesnut cake

Lemon Tart with Raspberries

Tart au miel, compote d'orange et glace au miel et nugatine

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