10 Questions for … Vincent Guerithault 25 years ago Leevon and Vincent Guerithault came up with the idea of opening a fine French restaurant with a bit of a Southwestern flair. Since then the two have made history with one of the most successful, world-renowned and award-winning restaurants ever. Several days before they opened the doors of their recently remodeled digs on Camelback, I had the opportunity to spend a little time with the dynamic couple. I asked them 10 thought-provoking questions regarding their great success. What is your idea of perfect happiness? LG: Close family relationships. Good health and always being positive. VG: Good food and wine and a simple life. Where would you most like to live? We both agree on Saint Remy in Provence, France. We love the region. The small villages and the food are fantastic! What five people living or dead would you invite to your dinner party? Elton John, Pele, Oscar Wilde, Johnny Depp and the race car driver Fangio.
What is you inspiration for new dishes? LG: Eating in little places around the world. VG: Dining out, looking through food magazines and being imaginative. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? We both agree: three wonderful children. Who are your favorite chefs? VG: Wolfgang Puck, Raymond Thuillier and Jean Banchet. What is your favorite type of cuisine? LG: Soul food and comfort food. VG: Leg of lamb and French Fries. What’s your most cherished inanimate possession? LG: A 50th wedding anniversary pink sapphire ring my mother-in-law gave me. VG: A bottle of 1802 Napoleon Cognac. Who has inspired you in your craft? VG: My mother. Do you have a favorite Valley restaurant? LG: Barrio Café, Deluxe and Pane Bianco. VG: Avanti, Tarbell’s and T. Cook’s.
January/February 2011 Issue of Trends Magazine