carte blanche ˈkärt-ˈblänch , -ˈbläⁿsh noun
: complete freedom or authority to act
The term carte blanche has appeared in 45 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 16 in “Momofuku’s Secret Sauce: A 30-Year-Old C.E.O.” by Elizabeth G. Dunn:
Born and raised on the Upper West Side, to the family that founded the specialty foods emporium Zabar’s, Ms. Mariscal began her career at Momofuku in 2011, as a public relations and events intern. Over the years, she quietly became Mr. Chang’s closest collaborator and confidante, a largely unknown force shaping matters as varied as menu design, branding and business development. “She’s the only person I’ve ever felt comfortable giving complete carte blanche to, in terms of what Momofuku looks like and what it should be,” Mr. Chang said. He recalled suggesting to the company’s board that Ms. Mariscal be named C.E.O. almost four years ago, when she was 26. She finally assumed the role in April.