Good France: Spotlight on Gaby Restaurant NYC

  • © Sylvain Harribey

Good France: Spotlight on Gaby Restaurant NYC

March 19th, 2015 marks the first Good France, a global event celebrating French gastronomy. Select restaurants all around the world have been invited to participate in this culinary event, including New York's own Gaby Restaurant. We were fortunate enough to speak with Chef Sylvain Harribey, to better understand how he's taken on the American food scene with la touche française.

 

How is French cuisine received in the US?

French cuisine is very popular in the U.S. and continues to grow as palates and tastes become more sophisticated. There is certainly more competition now than there was 10-15 years ago, but people have very specific tastes and know what they are looking for when it comes to French fare.

 

And you, what inspired or touched you in French cuisine?

 French cooking is in my DNA. Growing up in France I spent my days in the kitchen with my mother. She’s been a huge inspiration in my love for cooking and I enjoy putting all of that into the dishes I create.

 

What do your customers expect by coming into your restaurant?

Guests come to dine at Gaby for a French experience from start to finish. From the gastronomy to the ambiance to the wait staff and the overall dining experience, we make our customers feel like they’ve stepped into a piece of Paris.

 

What have you learned with fellow French chefs you have met or worked
with?

It’s all about passion. Working with different chefs allows me to share my love and knowledge of French cuisine, and I enjoy receiving the same from them in return. Whether sharing tips, tricks or techniques, working with other chefs is a great opportunity to learn something new.


 How has French cuisine adapted itself to
American culture?

 French cuisine has
been present in American culture for years. From TV cooking shows with chefs like Jaques Pepin to teaching French techniques to culinary students across the United States, the culture of French cooking is widespread.

 

For a full list of participating restaurants in the US click here.

For more information on Good France click here.