This August, Eric Ripert Took His First Vacation in 20 Years
As you might have heard, Le Bernardin just underwent a major renovation, which means, contrary to what the people at Michelin may have told you, that it has been closed. This means that Eric Ripert and Le Bernardin co-owner Maguy Le Coze got to take a vacation. According to Bon Appétit's website, Ripert hadn't taken so much time off in 20 years, and he spent a lot of it at his pad in Sag Harbor, smoking cigars, grilling, and looking at the sunset.
For her part, Le Coze repaired to her beach house on the island of Mustique, where she snorkeled, drank rum, and swam with turtles in a nature preserve. And that is your answer to why culinary schools have such an easy time convincing their students that they'll be able to pay off their debts in no time, no time at all.