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What do you do and why do you do it?
I have ...3 différents jobs, each one I guess reflecting something I love. I'm a caterer and a chef. I'm a food & image consultant. And I'm a stylist and make accessories that are sold in 3 shops in Paris.As a former art director in advertising agencies (for 18 years), a food passionate, and a arts&crafts geek, I'm happy today to do mix all those aspects of me and I'm trying everyday to develop each of them. And it's very important for me to use both hands and brain. I feel lucky to have this opportunity.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
telemarketing...selling things on the phone to people who didn't need any. Intrusive, bullshit and pain in the ass job.
Were you born and raised in Paris? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Paris?
I was born and raised in Paris. Always been told by my Italian and Spanish family Paris was the most beautiful city in the world. Nowadays, despite a chronic infidelity with other cities, I'm still in love with her.
What’s your current hood in Paris and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I 'm leaving in Les Batignolles, in the 17th. The best part of it is to see everyday how the hood is changing, new shops, new bars, new restaurants, new buildings. Worse part is seeing people queuing 45 mn twice a day outside this new italian restaurant !
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I have ecclectic tastes but I absolutely HATE metal, I definitely could hit the guy in the face, I really feel the urge to stop "the chaos" immediately. I had to cater once for a metal concert, I was quite close to a panic attack.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
When I'm broken hearted, musics always bring back to lost places or lost people, so it makes me even more sad. I prefer to listen to birds, wind or waves...
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Seinfeld, Fraser...they make me laugh and there's always a new replica I didn't notice. I'm used to watch it with my kids and those two ones, we never grow tired of it. But as well The Crow, Vikings, Love Nina, Bron/Broen, London Spy, the Killing...
Name some spots in Paris that are good for a Tinder date.
Food market de Belleville, every Thursday, if you're hungry. Hotel Particulier's café in Montmartre if you want to hyde. L'Ours bar, if you want to drink. Le Daily Syrien, if you want to travel. Thé-ritoires if you want to cuddle with a cup of tea.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Bernard Henri Levy...stereotype of a guy who thinks he's more clever, more moral, who doesn't have any humour...and has a great opinion of himself. Deserves flour or eggs.
Who’s your hero and where in Paris would you take them out for a serious hang?
Difficult question when you're not a groupie...!! But I would love to share more good meals with this chef called Magnus Nilsson or cook or bring him to Serge Lutens (the perfumer) to talk about scents. I love writers as well, it would be nice to have a walk at night along the green abandonned railways in the 16th and listen to their stories...and make up some !
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I love the Bon Marché and their chic selection. I like to mix brands. My eyes generally focus on vintage patterns.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Chatelet and Forum des Halles
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to Bru & Sons on the docks to by bulbs and seeds and try to grow them on my balcony. Go and pick moss and plants in the forest to make my own terrariums at home. Go and buy a light swedish Thermos bottle in Le Vieux Campeur to sip my own Japanese tea in Jardin des Archives with a book.
Where do you go in Paris for a casual night out?
Places where I know the owners, where you're welcome like family. At Farid's restaurant, "Les Petites Canailles", rue Amelot. Drink, Eat, Dance. Places with no cars, as Place du Marché Saint-Honoré.
Where would you go in Paris to celebrate some freaking good news?
I would go and have a drink first, in café de Flore, which is always for me associated to a certain happiness or success, then in a restaurant for dinner where people share food (I like to share, it always tastes better) and finally for a late coffee somewhere on a terrace, because we never want this kind of evening to end
What’s your choice of transportation in Paris and why?
When I'm in a hurry : by rat-in-a-speed-metalbox (metro). When I have time, I do everything by foot. When not in a mood, by bus, for long rides: it takes my mind off things, to watch people come and go in streets, shops... At night, I love to chat with taxi drivers.
What are the Paris spots tourists should run from screaming?
Louvre can be boring. Catacombs are tunnels full of rats. Trocadero is almost Russian. All around Montmartre is so charming, you can skip hideous Sacré-Coeur visit. Galeries Lafayette are vulgar compare to Le Bon Marché, lots of silicone at le Moulin Rouge !!
Tomorrow’s your last day in Paris. How do you spend it?
At home with my family, to enjoy our flat. I would also do a picture of the Seine from one the bridges, something which is new for me !
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Zahara de los Atunes - Sun, wind, sea, tuna, olive oil, orange blossom, crazy orange juice. And lot of towns around to hang.