Kitchen Connection - Featured Cheffie: Ruddy From Guadeloupe (English Version)
At his restaurant, Au Widdy's, in Saint Francois, Guadeloupe
"If you want good food, be creative, and overall generous. Never sacrifice the flavour because of a lack of generosity."
Ruddy- a common Guadaloupian name in the 80s & 90s is also the name of our distinguished chef from Guadelope. Inspired in the culinary space by his parent’s restaurant, he has become a world-renowned chef, with a taste for the local… his fish comes in fresh a local seafarer, both fisherman and friend. We have the good fortune of featuring him this month! Read on to find out more about his life as a foodie and friend:
I. About You
1. Do You Prefer coffee or tea? Coffee
2. Who is your favorite person(s) to cook for? / Eat with? My friends
3. What are your favorite dishes or cooking topics to teach? Dombré
Charles Belamour, Chef Ruddy's friend and in-house fisherman: “[Fishing] is my profession, it’s my passion!"
4. Do you have any cooking/food superstitions? No
5. If you could get a tattoo of a food, what would it be and why? It would be of a turtle; it’s not really a food, but I just like it!
6. What is one dish, drink or food topic that you're really wanting to learn or master? I would love to learn how to make more pastries, specifically Japanese pastries.
7. What does food mean to you? How has food changed/shaped your life? It's a form of expression. It’s a hobby and a profession at the same time. It’s an art, through which all of my emotions flow.
Chef Ruddy and his partner
8. Tell us about a time when food connected you with a stranger. Well, in Japan, the chefs are normally cooking directly in front of you, so I got to meet and speak to a lot of Japanese chefs, which I found to be both warm and meticulous, precise, and orderly.
9. If you're not living in the same place where you grew up, how have your food traditions changed/ evolved with you? I was raised in Marie Galante, which is an island just outside of the main island of Guadeloupe. My parents had a restaurant there, so when I went to France, to Normandy to further my culinary studies, I began to incorporate my traditional home cooking with that which I learned in Normandy and those from my travels through Asia.
10. Who was the first one to expose you to cooking/good eating? Who has the most influence on how/what you cook? The chef at my parent’s restaurant.
11. What is your never fail piece of cooking advice? Did someone pass it on to you? Did you learn that lesson the hard way? If you want good food, be creative, and overall generous. Never sacrifice the flavour because of a lack of generosity.
II. His Voice Online
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