Michel Richard's Last Supper

Michel Richard is a French-born chef, and is the owner of the award winning restaurant Citronelle in Georgetown and Carmel, and Central in Las Vegas, NV and Washington, D.C.

What would be your last meal on earth?

Roasted chicken with garlic and lemon, my wife Laurence’s ratatouille, french fries, and maple-caramel ice cream.

What would be the setting for the meal?

Anywhere with Laurence.  An outdoor country café or an auberge would be nice, on a rainy day while sitting under a cover or umbrella of some kind.

What would you drink with your meal?

I would start with champagne, a Krug Clos du Mesnil 1982.  Then a Corton-Charlemagne.  After dinner, a pear brandy and a cigar.

Would there be music?

No music, just the sound of the rain.  Maybe we would even dine under a glass roof so that you could hear it.  I love the rain.  When I was a kid, we used to play inside a big box carton, like it was a tent, until the rain destroyed the box.

Who would be your dining companions?

My wife, Laurence, and the kids, and all the people that I love.  Well, maybe all the people I love could come later.  We’ll all meet in paradise anyway.

Who would prepare the meal?

Pierre Gagnaire.  But he would have to use Laurence’s recipe for the ratatouille.

Melanie Dunea