How often do you have a cronut?
I eat at least a bite of one daily as a taste test.
What made you think of the chocolate chip cookie milk shots?
It always starts from somewhere simple, really. I wanted to create something for fans at SXSW for a late night saloon event we were hosting at a bar. And so a shot glass seemed like a great match.
Last summer it was the cronut. Do you have another creation in the works to explode this summer you can give us any hints about?
I don’t create things to explode, really. I just try my best to bring my take on things to people and hope they enjoy it. I have a lot of those that I have been working on coming out for you in the next few months. Whether they’ll explode or not, who knows? And I for one, don’t really mind either way.
Foods you would wait on a three hour line for…
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
Tokyo stands out for me, and here’s my trick: Go to a different restaurant every night…chances are none of them will ever disappoint. In New York, I like to follow chefs, not restaurants. I could eat the roasted chicken at Andrew Carmellini’s place, Locanda Verde, every night. I love the Japanese tasting menu offered at Neta, and I have spent every special occasion dinner (Christmas, Thanksgiving, anniversaries, etc.) at Daniel – seven years in that kitchen and it still feels like home. In Los Angeles, I recently adored Egg Slut for breakfast, MB Post for lunch, Gjelina, Animal, and a good trip to Arcadia for Chinese food. In Paris, my go-to place for authentic, rustic bistro food is L’Assiette.
The salty hybrid you wish a chef would create…
I’d love a charcuterie hot sauce (something that’s a condiment but tastes like smoked meats).
*Dominique Ansel, photographed at Dominique Ansel bakery by Danielle Kosann