What's the main reason you cook?
- It gives me an excuse to yell a lot
- Cooking is science, and the kitchen is my lab
- To make food sexy
- Because the alternative is going back to Ramen and PB&J
What's your favorite kind of food to make?
- Anything complicated
- Simple meals with simple ingredients
- Spicy stuff. Can you handle it?
Your secret ingredient (you do have one, right?) is...
- Liquid smoke
- Xanthan gum
- Heavy cream
You're most likely to take a vacation from your busy career as a chef in which location?
- I don't have time for vacations!
- Somewhere South
- I'd prefer a "stay-cation" and enjoy time at home with family
- The beach
The greatest cooking invention of all time has got to be...
- My unique blend of herbs and spices
- The apron
- The charcoal grill
- My grandmother's recipe box
Who is always the first person rushing to the kitchen to taste your food?
- My significant other
- My family
- My neighbors/dinner guests/random strangers who saw me cooking through the kitchen window
How do you feel about cooking in a restaurant?
- I'd rather cook in front of a big audience
- I'd rather cook for a small, intimate group of people
- Only if it is a little mom and pop restaurant
- I'd rather not - I'd waste too much time trying to explain every step to the staff
You don't feel like cooking tonight. Which kind of restaurant do you head to?
- I'll just get my significant other to cook for me
- A diner or dive bar
- A family restaurant
- Blasphemy. I ALWAYS feel like cooking!
Where do you write down most of your recipes?
- On an index card
- In a computer spreadsheet; searchable by cuisine, ingredient name, difficulty... you get the idea
- In my notebook
- On the back of a dirty napkin
If you could give one piece of advice to budding chefs out there, what would it be?
- "Kick it up a notch!"
- "Keep calm, and always have a change of clothes on hand in the kitchen."
- "Even a place with roaches and cigarette butts can make good food (but this is not legal advice)."
- "Act like a five-year-old. Always ask 'Why?' and 'How Come?'"