Michelin-starred chef, James Beard Award winner, best-selling author, Emmy-winning television producer, culinary mastermind behind AAA Five Diamond restaurant Le Bernardin. Éric Ripert has a long list of impressive titles he can boast about. One designation you likely won’t hear him speak about in such glowing terms is former Renault owner.
The world-famous chef was born in France, but his family moved to the small country of Andorra when he was still young. It was here where Ripert first became a car owner. However, like many new drivers, he wasn’t overly thrilled with his first set of wheels.
What was your first car?
The first car I owned was a Renault 5.
How did you acquire it?
It was pre-owned, and I bought it from a garage in Andorra where I spent part of my childhood.
What did you love most about the car?
Since it was a small car, it was easy to park. Otherwise, I didn’t love anything about it, but it was very convenient just to have a car.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
It had a beige exterior color that I didn’t like.
What is your favorite memory of the car?
Driving in a snowstorm. I learned then how to drive safely in these types of conditions.
What happened to it?
I sold it when I was 21 years old.
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