philippe chow

Philippe Chow on His Guilty Pleasure & the One Dish He Can’t Stand

The famous chef also spilled on the strangest thing in his pantry and what he always listens to in the kitchen.

Alec Kugler
Off Manhattan Avenue in New York, tucked away on E 60th street, you’ll find an upscale Chinese restaurant full of white tablecloths, dark hardwood, and exposed brick. While it looks elegant and promising, unless youre familiar with the name, you might not guess that the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, LeBron James, Barack Obama, and Lady Gaga dine under the black-and-red awning regularly. The restaurant, Philippe by Philippe Chow, is the brainchild of famous chef by the same name Philippe Chow.

Chow, whos been known to do the YMCA in the kitchen, opened his namesake restaurant in 2005 and has since gained a loyal A-list following—Cardi B even held her album release party inside the contemporary restaurant. Chow, who won the title for Best Peking Duck by the New York Observer (it’s carved tableside at the restaurant), fell in love with cooking early on, when he would watch his mother prepare dishes at the young age of eight. We caught up with everyone’s favorite chef to talk his guilty pleasures, go-to midnight snacks, and who his most surreal guest was.

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“I grew up in Guangdong, China, and first fell in love with food while watching my mother cook when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I was intrigued with the kitchen and moved to Hong Kong when I was 15 and started working in local restaurants. This is where I really began to learn how to cook and [began] experimenting in the kitchen. I moved to the U.S. in 1979 and continued to refine my cooking.”
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