FRENCH-born Ludovic de Lageard, who is based in Singapore, is regional export director for Champagne Laurent-Perrier. Must-buy ingredient: Pre-mix curry paste. Most embarrassing pantry item: Two-minute noodles; I know it’s a sin to have these in my home when I have some of the freshest Asian food just outside my door. Can’t live without: I am a big meat eater, so beef is a must on a weekly basis for sure. What I’m cooking at home: I am possibly the worst cook ever. Next big thing: I see more people enjoying home-cooked food and eating in rather than dining out. It’s certainly a trend that is growing around the world. I hate: Outlets that pretend to serve fresh food when it is obviously not. Favourite cuisine:
French. But I am often impressed by Chinese, Japanese and Italian. It really depends where you are on the planet. I certainly like to discover new dishes. Worst meal I ever ate: A beef dish at an Austrian restaurant in Singapore, which I expected to be ‘‘Austrian size’’. It was so tiny I had to order two. Biggest culinary influence: Asian spices and aromas. My last supper: Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut as an aperitif, with an entrecote aux sarments together with a glass of red wine from my parents’ winery in Bordeaux.