Known for juxtaposing clever flavours and textures, Pierre Gagnaire heads up his eponymous restaurant in
Paris, and is executive chef at Sketch in Mayfair. He has recently collaborated on Perrier-Jouet’s new magazine, Artisans of The Wild.
When did you first discover jazz music?
I discovered jazz thanks to my dad. He invited a guitar player to his restaurant every Thursday, who had worked with guitarist Django Reinhardt for many years.
What is it that you love about jazz?
It is the music of emotions, sadness and freedom.
Which artist first got you hooked?
The American trumpet player and vocalist Chet Baker.
Who do you think is the best jazz musician of all time?
Pianists Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, saxophonist John Coltrane and trumpet player Miles Davis.