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Quick bites with

Pascal Tiphine

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Owner, Le Gros Restaurant

Photo and questions by Maureen Provençal

Pique: What’s your food/wine philosophy in 25 words or less?

PT: Freshness is the No. 1 quality.

Pique: One food you can’t live without?

PT: Tomato/salad.

Pique: What food/drink should people be more open to trying?

PT: Seafood and champagne.

Pique: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

PT: Crocodile (tastes like veal).

Pique: Most memorable meal you’ve ever eaten?

PT: At the opening of Craggy Range Winery in New Zealand.

Pique: Exact moment you decided to become a chef?

PT: In school in Switzerland, when I was 14 years old.

Pique: What’s your solution for a last-minute meal?

PT: Steak, frite, salad.

Pique: Greatest professional moment?

PT: When I was 24 years old, I served Pierre Trudeau at Madame’s, my first restaurant in Whistler.

Pique: Where would you go to eat, if you could go anywhere in the world?

PT: Le Crocodil Restaurant in Strausbourg.

Pique: Where would you go for your last meal in Whistler?

PT: Join Hoz and Joel at Val d’Isere for steak, frite, salad.

Pique: What brought you to Whistler?

PT: Skiing.

Pique: Personal hero?

PT: Umberto.

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