Mai's Non! Top 10 French Chefs on the Parisian Dishes That are Better Than Sex

Mais Non! 10 Top French Chefs on the Parisian Dishes That Are Better Than SexMais Non! 10 Top French Chefs on the Parisian Dishes That Are Better Than SexMais Non! 10 Top French Chefs on the Parisian Dishes That Are Better Than SexMais Non! 10 Top French Chefs on the Parisian Dishes That Are Better Than Sex

By: Alyssa Shelasky

Last night, 70 of the world’s most celebrated French chefs gathered at Georges Blanc Parc & Spa in Vonnas, France, to celebrate Relais & Châteaux‘s 60thanniversary. There were frog legs, foie gras, langoustines, the famous Poulet de Bresse, and of course, oceans of Dom Pérignon and Château d’YquemWith a total of 54 Michelin stars in one room, it seemed like the right time and place to ask les grands chefs one inappropriate and pretty much impossible question: What is the one dish in Paris that is better than sex? Chefs being chefs (and most being men), everyone roared, “Mais Non! Nothing is better than sex!” But with enough, um, caressing, we managed to pull a few answers out of them …
Oliver RoellingerLes Maisons de Bricourt
“This is not a fair question! Okay, give me the sweetbread at Le Baratin and we’re getting close ….”
Jean-Andre CharialOustau de Baumanière & Spa
“The one and only canard au sang at La Tour D’Argent.”
Peter TempelhoffThe Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
“The Shabu Shabu at Takara — Paris’s oldest Japanese restaurant. I have to say, it comes pretty close to great sex.”
Michel TramaTRAMA
“Haricots verts grown by a grandfather, cooked by a grandmother, and eaten by a son. Or the feeling – not necessarily the food — you get at Hôtel Costes.”
Patrick O’ConnellThe Inn at Little Washington
“The mashed potatoes and tiny baby lamb with a sprig of rosemary and jus atl’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. But a shout-out to the chicken-only Le Coq Rico, too.”
Ilario MosconiRestaurant Mosconi
“Anything with tartufo bianco D’alba prepared at Alain Ducasse.”
Alexandre GauthierLa Grenouillère
“It is not possible. But if I must answer, the first taste of a new macaron flavor at Pierre Hermé. Or any dish Le Comptoir — because there you can eat while dreaming and desiring, right in the center of Paris. Or — a pizza from Roberta’sin Bushwick … but wait, that’s not Paris.
Patrick HenrirouxLa Pyramide
“The foie gras with coquillages at Passage 53. The plate is filled with intense emotion.”
Mauro ColagrecoMirazur
“The lobster en vin jaune at Alain Passard … that is, somewhat, near to sex.”

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