Chef Ludo Lefebvre: My Favorite Holiday Memories
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Over the next few weeks, some of your favorite stars will be sharing their holiday memories. Next up, Chef Ludo Lefebvre, celebrity chef and contestant on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, answered these nine questions about his holidays past and present.
CELEBUZZ: What was the best holiday gift you ever received?
LUDO: I got ten copper pots when I was 10 years old for Christmas. I kept them in my bedroom wrapped for three months before I used them. They were so beautiful. I just did not want to make them dirty, and I did not want my grandmother to make them dirty either. Finally, I made onion soup with my grandmother.
What was the best holiday gift you ever gave?
I gave to my friend Jo one of my first knives from when I was in the kitchen at Marc Meneau (when I was 25 years old). It had my initials scratched in it so no one would steal it. Jo collects things about chefs so it was something really special I could give her.
Tell us your favorite holiday memory.
Christmas with my family in France when I was a kid. It was just a celebration of food - caviar, lobster, foie gras, oysters, etc... Dinner is for six or seven hours. It is just an amazing memory.
How do you keep in touch with family and friends over the holidays?
My family and closest friends live in France so we spend a lot of time on the phone and on Skype. I wish they were closer because I miss them.
Does your family have any fun holiday traditions?
Now I spend my holidays in America. We usually go to Colorado to visit my wife's family. It is my job to cook over there, and I want them to see how food is such an important thing that can bring family together and that we should not eat in ten minutes. It is fun to watch them eat things like foie gras for the first time.
What is your idea of a perfect holiday?
Food, food, food, food and more food.
What's the most important thing about the holidays to you?
Being with family and friends and those that you love. It is time to find happiness and forget the bad things in the world. No one should feel sadness during the holidays.
Tell us your funniest/most embarrassing holiday memory?
Not sure. It is really funny, maybe a bit pathetic. I think it was just that when I came to America I did not realize that Thanksgiving was a holiday or what it was about. I would just stay home alone because I did not know I was supposed to be celebrating. Once I married an American, I understood.
Out of anyone you know, who needs a Window Phone and why?
My mother-in-law. A couple of reasons: 1. She is always losing her phone, so she does not have a nice one right now, and we worry about her in snow storms. 2. The real reason - I think the audience noise reduction feature would be helpful for her. Then she can't blame any miscommunication on my accent!