Eric Ripert, chef of Michelin-starred New York City restaurant Le Bernardin, is no stranger to television. He has appeared on Bravo's Top Chef and had his own PBS show, Avec Eric. Recently, Ripert chatted with another television personality, ABC News’s Dan Harris, to discuss the path that has led him where he is today.
Joining Harris for an episode of the ABC correspondent’s podcast 10% Happier, Ripert took a moment to mention what he felt were some of the negatives that come from excessive yelling or shouting in the kitchen. He spoke on some well-known shouty shows such as Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, which are hosted by the industry’s shoutiest chef, Gordon Ramsay.
Ripert did not call Ramsay out by name, but said: "We shouldn’t be proud of chefs who are screaming in the kitchen. This is not something that should be on TV, actually." Kitchen environments are not easy and can invite a large amount of stress for those working in them, and Ripert said it is a challenge to stay calm.
How does Ripert keep his cool? The chef finds some calm through meditation, he previously told Eater.