Bangkok is a city brimming with talented and fascinating people. In 27 Questions, we interview notable Bangkok personalities, learning about their whims and aversions, important life moments and their hopes and dreams, all revealed in about the same amount of time it takes to sit through a round of speed dating.

Every Bangkok foodie will be familiar with the suave yet cheerful face of Olivier Limousin, the Michelin star-studded Executive Chef at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Bangkok. But how well do we really know the creative genius behind the friendly exterior? Starting his career as an 18 year-old apprentice chef at Le Bellecour (1 Michelin star) in Paris, Olivier had long known where his passions lay and worked relentlessly with it. Joining L’Amphycles (2 Michelin stars) as a commis, he worked his way up to become sous-chef. He was then enlisted at the incredible Le Taillevent (3 Michelin stars) before returning to his mothership, Le Bellecour, this time as their Chef de Cuisine. There, he earned himself his first very own Michelin star.

Olivier Limousin began his close relationship with Mr Joël Robuchon in 2006, when he became the first Chef at L’Atelier, London. He earned two Michelin stars there. Now the gastronomic phenomenon is based in Bangkok as the Head Chef of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Bangkok, and we – for one – are very, very grateful to have him here.

And just when we thought we couldn’t be bigger fans of Mr Limousin, we got to know him a little better with our 27 Questions.

A motoring aficionado, a loving husband, and a true adventure seeker, one thing is clear about Olivier Limousin: his life is all about passion.

What is your life motto?

Life is all about passion.

What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten in Bangkok?

Chicken green curry made by my wife, because it’s delicious and it came from her heart.

Who is your role model?

Monsieur Robuchon.

What was your first job?

An apprentice chef.

What is your drink of choice?

A special one: ‘Vin de Noix’, a homemade wine by my dad.

It also depends on the occasion. For an after-work drink, I like a Monaco. For an Apéritif, it’s a Kir for me. My cocktail is an Old Fashioned, and for wine, it’s a Burgundy.

When was the last time you drove a car?

Last week. But it was nothing like the time I drove a Ferrari in St Tropez!

 

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Definitely night owl. Don’t talk to me in the morning!

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chocolate fondant with caramel, nuts and praline.

What is your biggest regret in life?

I should have moved to Thailand earlier.

What do you hate most about living in Bangkok?

It’s too far from the beach.

How often do you prepare your own meals?

Once a week.

What is your greatest fear?

Water. I almost died twice in water.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Once I open a bag of Haribo, I can’t stop eating them!

What is one movie everyone should see?

50 Shades of Grey.

What is your typical Sunday like?

Wake up early, play badminton, and then enjoy a lovely brunch. Then I’ll watch a movie and cook a nice pasta dish with a glass of Burgundy.

Which moment in your life would you most like to relive?

My wedding day.

What makes someone a real Bangkokian?

Using a “vin mossaye taxi”.

What is one song your know all the lyrics to?

The Joyeux Anniversaire (Happy Birthday) song in French.

If you could banish someone from Bangkok forever, who would it be?

Cockroaches.

Where do you go when you want to be alone?

A massage place. (A real massage!)

What is one thing you've never revealed to your parents?

When I rode my motorcycle very, very fast. (280km/hour!)

What is your favourite scent in the whole world?

The scent I can smell when I walk on the beach in my hometown in Vendee. I love the smell of the sea, the wind, and the sand. There are a lot of memories here.

Who is the best teacher you've ever had, and what is one important lesson they taught you?

My parents. They always remind me to never forget where I come from.

Would you rather never be alone for a single moment, or be alone for the rest of your life?

Never be alone. I’m one of the lucky ones who’s found my second half.

What is the last dream you remember waking up to?

Honestly, it’s very rare for me to remember my dreams.

How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? Which do you wear the most often?

I would say 12. I wear my working shoes the most.

What was the best moment of your life?

Cooking for my parents on my birthday.

Karn Chatikavanij
Style Writer
A globetrotter with a love for sushi and Miu Miu, Karn is a fan of all things upbeat, delicious, and well-dressed. Her frequent activities include packing for beach trips, listening to 80s music, and trying to make daytime pyjamas happen.