The nature of human beings is to eat meat and fruits and vegetables, and therefore we have to kill animals. I don’t have a problem with that. But it’s a sacred moment. It’s a gift of life. When we kill a lobster here, I always say, do it humanely. I don’t want the lobster to have pain. If you burn the lobster or you totally oversalt it or don’t do a good job, you don’t pay homage to that life. It’s an insult.
In which our Sarah Ball finds the philosophical side of Le Bernardin’s Eric Ripert