Ah, Paris. Working my way up in the French Chef Escoffiers’ “brigade” kitchen system since I was 15 years old, this trip was a long time coming. I feel a close connection with French cuisine, especially at my Northeast Fremont restaurant Acadia. New Orleans is full of French food thanks to the Cajuns, who were originally French immigrants from Acadia—in present day Nova Scotia—and still speak a version of French in their homes and schools. Needless to say, ...

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