“Long is the way and hard,
that out of hell leads up to light.”
John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667
1992
L'Escargot
Location: London, UK
Title: Commis Chef
One Star Michelin
Music: NIN - Broken
Movie: Bram Stoker - Dracula
1994
Marco Pierre White
Location: London, UK
Title: Commis Chef
Three Star Michelin
Music: Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Movie: Luc Besson - The Professional
1996
Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons
Location: Oxford, UK
Title: Chef de Partie
Two Star Michelin
Music: PCP - The Mover
Movie: Leon Gast - When We Were Kings
1998
Pierre Gagnaire
Location: Paris, France
Title: Chef de Partie
Three Star Michelin
Music: New Model Army - Strange Brotherhood
Movie: Steven Spielberg - Saving Private Ryan
1999
Bouley Bakery
Location: New York, NY
Title: Sous Chef
Four Star NY Times
Music: NIN - The Fragile
Movie: Wachowski Brothers - The Matrix
Atlas
Three star NY Times - youngest ever at 24 years old. My very first review!
Location: New York, NY
Title: Executive Chef
Music: The Cure - Bloodflowers
Movie: Mary Harron - American Psycho
2000
2001
Papillon
Location: New York, NY
Title: Director of Restaurant
Two Star NY Times
Music: Depeche Mode - The Singles
Movie: Ridley Scott - Black Hawk Down
2003
The Veda Group
Location: New York, NY
Consultant group established.
Music: Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
Movie: Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
2005
Gilt
Location: New York, NY
Title: Executive Chef
Music: NIN - With Teeth
Movie: Mike Nichols - Closer
Corton
Location: New York, NY
Title: Chef Owner
Music: Ladytron - Extended Play
Movie: Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight
2008
Corton
Two Michelin stars in the Red Guide in our first year!
Location: New York, NY
Title: Chef Owner
Music: Metric - Fantasies
Movie: Zack Snyder - Watchmen
2009
A Matter of Taste
The documentary - A Matter of Taste serving up Paul Liebrandt is released on HBO
Music: How to Destroy Angels - Is Your Love Strong Enough
Movie: Steven Soderburgh - Contagion
2011
2012
Asia
Our first trip to the Orient - Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul
Music: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Movie: James Bond - Skyfall
2013
To the Bone
Our first book
Music: Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
Movie: Marc Forster - World War Z
2013
The Elm
We opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!
Music: Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
Movie: Marc Forster - World War Z
Nordics
Sodastream Collaboration
Music: JME - Integrity
Movie: Denis Villeneuve - Sicario
2015
2016
Bangkok
Lumpinee Mauy Thai Stadium
Music: NIN - Not the Actual Events
Movie: Dexter Fletcher - Eddie the Eagle

To the Bone

Paul Liebrandt and Andrew Friedman
Clarkson Potter, Publisher
Available December 3, 2013

What defines a chef?

Despite the glamour attached to the profession today, a successful life in the kitchen is determined more by sacrifice than stardom, demanding a dedication bordering on obsession, all in pursuit of The Food. In this meditation on the culinary life that blends elements of memoir and cookbook, Paul Liebrandt shares the story of his own struggle to become a chef and define his personal style.

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