Eric Ripert

Chef Eric Ripert, is interviewed in the conference room of his restaurant, Le Bernadin, in New York / AP

He almost became a waiter. When Eric Ripert was finishing his first year at culinary school in Perpignan, France, his instructors were so impressed by his front-of-the-house skills that they were planning on ending his kitchen studies to have him focus fully on service. But even as a 16-year-old, Ripert knew his passion was cooking, not waiting tables.

In his new memoir, 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line, Ripert recalls how his waiter days came to an abrupt end. Serving a table that included a French colonel and his wife, Ripert broke one of the basic rules of service (and physics): He removed glasses from the back end of his tray, creating an imbalance.

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Hillary Clinton Asked to Address ‘Revenge Porn’

Hillary Clinton

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The For-Profit Government Industry

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Obama Friends Surround Push to Acquire For-Profit University of Phoenix

Barack Obama, Marty Nesbitt

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Shakespeare for Grownups (and Gardeners)

A copy of the First Folio at the Folger Shakespeare Library / Wikimedia Commons

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The Shallows

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The For-Profit Government Industry

Barack Obama, Marty Nesbitt

Got an email from Marty Nesbitt a few minutes ago. He’s a Chicago businessman and, in the words of the Tribune, the “first friend” to President Obama. Since 2014 he has served as the chairman of the Barack Obama Foundation, the nonprofit that will build the Obama Presidential Center and library, and it was to the possible architects of the library that his email sought to introduce me. “We have big plans for the Obama Foundation and Presidential Center, friends,” he wrote. Of this I am sure.

Obama Friends Surround Push to Acquire For-Profit University of Phoenix

Barack Obama, Marty Nesbitt

A close friend of President Barack Obama who has launched a stealth campaign to get the Department of Education to green light the sale of the for-profit University of Phoenix to his firm has invoked the aid of a group that employs former close aides to the president.