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Leonard Cernko, from Austria, is chef de cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Best dish

"Beef tatare in consomme with caviar and wasabi mousse."

Most popular dish

"Lobster in saffron sauce with black noodles."

Favorite food

"Traditional Austrian cuisine."

Favorite (other) restaurant in Moscow

"Anatoly Komm's restaurants and Arkady Novikov's restaurants."

Favorite (other) restaurant worldwide

"Michel Roux's The Waterside Inn in Berkshire, England."

Strangest dish you have ever tried

"I am not a fan of gastronomical adventures."

Do you try to be authentic or adapt your cuisine to the local market?

"I am trying to be authentic."

Comment on the state of the Moscow restaurant business

"More and more people in Moscow start enjoying cuisine as it is presented by the restaurants and are open to new experiences. The number of customers who are demanding and order their favorite food no matter where they go is decreasing."

Most important thing you have learned as a chef

"Criticism is important but it should never let you alter your own way!"

Contacts:



Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 3 Tverskaya Ul., 225-8888, M. Teatralnaya.

Arkady Novikov Group, http://www.novikovgroup.ru.

Anatoly Komm restaurants, http://www.anatolykomm.ru.

The Waterside Inn, Ferry Road, Bray, Berkshire, England, +44 (0)1628 620691.