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Hélène Darroze

Hélène Darroze: “Good taste is in my DNA”

February 1, 2023

Ms. Darroze, as a chef with six Michelin stars across three restaurants, do you ever feel like you’ve tasted it all?

Oh, no! I can learn something new every day: every country has its own culture, its own techniques, and ingredients, so there’s always something new to discover. Surprise is part of the magic of food. As long as you’re surprised in a good way, it's part of the success of the dish.

So how often are you surprised by the flavours or tastes of a dish?

The most recent time that happened for me is when I ate at KOL in London. The food has a Mexican inspiration combined with UK products and ingredients, and I have to say, they are so creative. Even if I were to travel in Mexico, I don’t know if I would find the same flavors. I remember a combination of octopus and bone marrow — oh my God, that was such an impressive combination, and really, really successful.

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Saniyya Sidney: “This is what I want to do”

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Saniyya, when did you first fall in love with acting?

I would probably say it was during the first audition that I've ever had, which was also my first self-tape, and I remember just being so free, and feeling like this is exactly what I'm supposed to be doing. I let my hair down; there was no one telling me to sit still or what to do… It was just right. The audition was for a commercial, and I remember I just had to sit there and laugh. And at first, I really forced it, but my manager asked me, “What is the funniest thing that could happen that will make you die laughing?” So she recorded me telling the story of what would make me laugh... And it was just natural. And it was just me. She got the best laugh ever, and that's what got me the audition because I was being myself. I realized that I don't have to be someone else to necessarily be a character, I can create them within, and grow them within myself.

How old were you at the time?

I was five years old!