Pierre Gagnaire

Patricia Wells has made this salad by Pierre Gagnaire with wild as well as cultivated mushrooms. The only requirement is that the dish be served warm, so that the cheese begins to melt, wilting the arugula and exuding a lovely aroma.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
One day Pierre Gagnaire's vegetable supplier showed up at the restaurant with tiny sprouts of houblon (hops). Gagnaire created this dish on the spot, combining the sprouts with slightly acidic Granny Smith apple, rich toasted peanut oil, peppery nasturtium leaves and tangy sheep's milk yogurt.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
For this appetizer, Pierre Gagnaire cleverly weaves together two major ingredients, shrimp and chickpeas: He quickly sears shrimp and uses the shells to make a stock to flavor the hummus. He then uses chickpeas to make the delicate cracker garnish. At his eponymous restaurant in Paris, it's part of a dish called Orientale, inspired by his walks in the desert. (He takes those walks when he's cooking at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire in Dubai and his newest place, Twist, in Las Vegas.) "I like the silence. The wind. The simple rhythm of the days," he says. Chef Coverage from F&W Editors  More Delicious Shrimp Dishes
"Earth, color, red things," are the words Pierre Gagnaire uses to describe the Hermès perfume that inspired his dish, Parfums de Terre. This marvelous soup is one of the dish's seven components. Both the foie gras that enriches the broth and the lentil gnocchi are earthy; the lightly pickled onion wedges add brightness and tang, not to mention a hint of color. Chef Coverage from F&W Editors  More French Dishes
Caramelized Apple Clafoutis
Rating: Unrated
This lightly sweet pastry, studded with caramelized apple, is one component of an elaborate dish entitled Brillat-Savarin. Its major ingredients—apples, crème fraîche, Calvados and the Brillat-Savarin cheese—all come from Normandy in France. More Apple Desserts
Inspired by the Chinese-French artist Zao Wou-Ki, Pierre Gagnaire's ingenious and surprisingly simple dish looks like a brush dipped in magenta paint. More Vegetable Dishes