About Michel Richard

Michel Richard

Michel Richard of the James Beard award-winning Central restaurant in Washington, D.C., known for his portly appearance and mirthful mindset, made that rarest of leaps in the food world—from pastry chef to executive chef. He was among the first chefs to be inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who in American Food and Wine, and is the author of two cookbooks: Happy in the Kitchen and Sweet Magic. A true Renaissance man, he's also an avid painter and art enthusiast; not surprisingly, he particularly loves 19th century still lifes depicting food. Richard lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and children.

Lemon Meringue Tart Recipe

Lemon Meringue Tart

Michel Richard lets loose with some fanciful flourishes in fashioning this lovely tart—both the recipe and the artsy rendering.

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 4
Tater Tots Recipe

Spuddies | Tater Tots Recipe

A spuddy, you ask? It’s what happens when a chef creates crisp potato-y lusciousness but the name Tater Tots™ is already taken.

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  • 45 M
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Potato Chips

Potato Ruffles

These shatteringly crisp, undeniably sophisticated potato ruffles–chips, if you will–have no ridges. Nor do they need them. They’re intoxicatingly, satiatingly lovely just as they are.

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  • 8
Girl and the Peach

Michel Richard’s Peach Slaw

Renee, a sucker for the crates of summer stone fruits at the farmers market, shares what to do with underripe peaches.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 7
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