CityBeat: What's the last great meal you ate and where did you eat it?
Philippe Audax: Hmm. Actually, I had two great dining experiences recently: one for the food and the other for the ambiance. For the food, was John-Robert at Pigall's and, of course, we had the tasting menu, the 8-course dinner with wine, which was wonderful. The one for the ambiance was Vinoklet: the food was not great, the wine was terrible, but the ambiance was awesome. We ate outside and it was really nice.
CB: After cooking for the rich and famous, why come and cook here at the University of Cincinnati?
PA: For the simple reason that what we are doing is restaurant-style dining. Here we cook to order pretty much like a restaurant, except obviously on a larger scale. That was very interesting. And of course, for quality of life, for family life, it was better than a restaurant.
Mick & mack's contemporary cafe, Tangeman University Center, University of Cincinnati campus, 513-556-3653