Famous for: Educated in the kitchens of France, Ludo hopped across the pond at a young age, going on to become of the most influential chefs in Los Angeles dining. Nearly 20 years later his mantlepiece is heaving with silverware and he’s sold his secrets in two cookery books: Crave, A Feast of the Five Senses and LudoBites, recipes and stories from the pop-ups of Ludo Lefebvre. Fellow mentor Nigella Lawson describes him as “very, very French”. Ooh-la-la.
In his words…
His mentor style: Look, they are all jealous of me, because I’m French. It’s not my fault! I trained in France, I trained with a lot of master chefs. I learned like it as the army – it’s “Oui, chef,” and that’s it. You listen to the chef, you do what he wants. I run my kitchen the same way here on The Taste. Listen to me, and that’s it. That’s the way I want it. I’m here to make you better, so listen to me. That’s it. It’s very simple. I’m always right. They are lucky to be with me in the kitchen. I’m very passionate about teaching people how to cook. I love it.
His honest judging: Sometimes we need to. When someone gives you something disgusting to put in your mouth, they have to know the truth.
British cuisine: I have travelled a lot in the world, and eaten in a lot of three-starred Michelin restaurants, and the best meal of my life was in this country. It was in 2005, at The Fat Duck. It was amazing. It’s very hard for me, as a French guy, to say that. London is a great city with a lot of great chefs and good restaurants.
His guilty food pleasure: Cheerios and milk.
While he’s in the UK: Oh, here, I would say a pint of beer and some fish and chips.