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.
Life is all about passion.
Chicken green curry made by my wife, because it’s delicious and it came from her heart.
An apprentice chef.
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.
Last week. But it was nothing like the time I drove a Ferrari in St Tropez!
Definitely night owl. Don’t talk to me in the morning!
Chocolate fondant with caramel, nuts and praline.
I should have moved to Thailand earlier.
It’s too far from the beach.
Once a week.
Water. I almost died twice in water.
Once I open a bag of Haribo, I can’t stop eating them!
50 Shades of Grey.
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.
My wedding day.
Using a “vin mossaye taxi”.
The Joyeux Anniversaire (Happy Birthday) song in French.
A massage place. (A real massage!)
When I rode my motorcycle very, very fast. (280km/hour!)
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.
My parents. They always remind me to never forget where I come from.
Never be alone. I’m one of the lucky ones who’s found my second half.
Honestly, it’s very rare for me to remember my dreams.
I would say 12. I wear my working shoes the most.
Cooking for my parents on my birthday.