Aaron May Dishes On Being a Chef, a Restaurateur and a Party Boy

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If you weren't a chef, what would you be?: Maybe a weatherman. They seem to get more latitude when they're wrong.

In percentages, how much of you is chef and how much restaurateur?: I am 100% chef. Restaurateur is my job, chef is who I am.

You have a reputation as a party boy. Any truth to it?: Not true at all. Do I like to have a good time? Absolutely. Do I go out and let loose? For sure. But never at the expense of work, and never instead of work.They say. "Work hard, play hard." I work 70-80 hours a week consistently. It would only seem natural that I play just as hard, no?

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Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House
James Porter of Petite Maison
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Larry White, Jr. Lo-Lo's Fried Chicken & Waffles

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Great first piece and a class act professional, love the guy!


The absolute pinnacle, Nikki...best one yet! I can personally attest to the validity of every point you and Mr. A. May made in this short concise article (mini expose). Could not agree more with Aarony about Jean-Louis Palladin (RIP)..could not disagree more about bacon. Some of the old world  producers in Appalachia and New England have produced epic rashers!

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