Food that warms your bones
Philippe Roussel has been working in kitchens for 30 years, 23 of them in New York City. A third-generation chef hailing from Brittany, in France, Roussel presides over the kitchen at Café D’Alsace, on Second Avenue at 88th Street.
Who inspired your love of cooking?
My father was a chef. I grew up watching him in the kitchen, eating and trying everything he would create. Once I realized traditional school wasn’t for me, my father connected me with wonderful mentors and I ended up following in his footsteps.
What are some of the classic Cafe D’Alsace dishes?
My menu is based on traditional, rustic dishes. The kind of old fashioned foods that warm your bones, so the Choucroute Garnie, Baeckeoffe, Duck Choucroute and Tarte Flambée are cornerstones of my menu.
What do you like to cook at home?
When I’m at home I like to keep it simple. A grilled or sauteed fish or meat and a salad. Something delicious but simply prepared.
Your number one cooking tip?
Cook what you like to eat.
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