Jeff Kraus Reveals His Science-Nerd Side and Explains Why He Admires Eliot Wexler
Describe a meal you'll never forget and why: In France, Erin and I walked in on a family meal (the French eat stupid late) and immediately realized the restaurant wasn't open. We apologized in a broken, bad American-French language and the chef/owner instantly stopped our rambling and seated us. He followed up with a pigeon terrine and menus.
Most over-rated ingredient: "Belly"
Most under-rated ingredient: hydrocolloids [obscure starches and proteins that chefs such as Wylie Dufresne of WD-50 use to create new ways of cooking].
Weirdest (or worst) thing you ever ate: A live goldfish from a muddy fish tank for $5 - the worst sushi ever!
Something always found in your kitchen: Whippers, N2O (nitrous oxide) cartridges and scales.
Nikki Buchanan Kraus' spin on vegetarian crepes
Something always found in your fridge: Simple syrup, fresh-squeezed citrus and eggs (Eye of the Tiger theme song playing in my head right now). And gin in the freezer.
Pet peeve in the kitchen: Small talk, messiness, tardiness, and fear.
Why crepes?: So many things haven't been done with them; they give me the most range of exploration.