Passionate about cooking, contemporary art and travel, William Ledeuil, the star chef of Ze Kitchen Galerie in Paris, finds his inspiration in his regular trips to Asia. Thailand and Japan are his favourite destinations.
Are you more of a hand-carry, trunk, suitcase or no baggage person?
Even though every journey is different, I always take a soft suitcase. And the rest depends on my destination, whether it is a business trip or a holiday, and if I am alone or with my family… Size varies all the time, depending on how long the trip is. If I am going away to explore a city, just for a few of days, I am more likely to only take hand-carry
Is your suitcase very organised or a bit of a jumble?
I am a meticulous guy, so my suitcase is quite tidy and carefully prepared. I like taking my time to think about every item, each piece of clothing that I take with me and I don’t make any hasty decisions. But as I like to have a choice of things to wear when I go out, I always bring too many things. So it’s very tidy but very full…
What objects do you keep with you ?
I always have a little inflatable pillow and a book. My small travel diary comes everywhere with me, and I also have a larger version which I leave in the hotel. And my iPhone to take photos
What kind of wash-bag do you have and what are its essentials ?
A razor, two fragrances (L’Eau pour homme by Issey Miyake and Le Mâle by Jean-Paul Gaultier), Biosthetic laboratory face cream so that my face doesn’t feel dry in the morning and hair gel
What do you bring back from your travels ?
I always bring back things related to my job. I always go to a local market, which enables me to understand the culture and to bring back original produce. Otherwise, impulse buys, presents for my close friends, such as this little marquetry box that I bought in Japan where I always return from with a bottle of umeshu, a prune flavoured alcohol that I am crazy about !
To avoid being overpacked upon return, I always leave some space in my suitcase. One always brings things back from a journey. Always take the time to think about each item, each piece of clothing that you take with you and don’t make any hasty decisions. Take plastic zip bags (in several sizes) to bring back spices and produce bought in local markets to avoid them spilling in your suitcase or leaving an undesireable smell on your clothes! I never forget my camera or my notebooks. They enable me to enrich my “secret garden” and remember the people I have met