Eric Ripert Opted for Buddism over Playboy
In a Gothamist interview, Eric Ripert recounts how he came to Buddhism:
It's a funny story that started in 1989, the day I left France. I had ten Francs in my pocket and I was at Charles de Gaulle Airport liquidating my money. I was thinking of buying a Playboy and picked it up, ready to buy it. But then I saw a book on Buddhism. I don't know why I was attracted to this book - I didn't know anything about Buddhism! After about ten minutes of debating, I finally ended up with the book in my hands, and that was the beginning of my interest.