The winner of Top Chef: Just Desserts Season 1 is opening a San Francisco pastry shop, Tout Sweet, later this year. Here, he shares the secret of his Zen-like calm and his fascination with Björk.
"Vacherin can be boringit's basically ice cream and meringue. But this version has French notes, Asian notes and my own notes".Courtesy of Random House/Knopf
2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
"When I first read Haruki Murakami's novel, I had just started a job at Daniel in New York City. I was working 17- to 18-hour days, and I still couldn't put it down. That's how good it is."© Marie Hennechart
"If you do only one thing in the city, make your way along the Bosphorus. You'll see the Blue Mosque and skyscrapers, the Egyptian spice market, the bazaar; you'll see over 3,000 years of history."
4. Meryl Streep
"She is the most brilliant actress of our time, hands down. She's amazing in anything she does, from The Hours to The Devil Wears Prada."
5. Tout Sweet
"I'm going to take an approach like Ladurée's [the renowned Paris pastry shop] but a little more Americanized, with seasonally changing packaging."
"I practice Buddhist meditation, but the Top Chef loft wasn't conducive to it. So I'd try to keep my eyes closed before the cameras got there."
"She's so inspiring. She stays true to herself. She uses rhythms and notes in her head to create music; it's a lot like the way I cook."
"It hits all points of chocolatesweet chocolate cream, bitter cocoa-nib mousse plus hazelnut crumble."© Michael Turek
"I tend to be a macaron fanatic. I bring all kinds of macarons to parties. My friends don't complain."