Aaron May Dishes About Why He Pisses People Off and Describes His Last Supper (You'll Love the Dessert)

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Nikki Buchanan
Aaron on the patio at Praying Monk

This is part two of my interview with Aaron May, chef-partner of Praying Monk, Over Easy, The Lodge, Mabel's on Main and May's Counter in Tucson. If you missed part one, where May talks about whether he's a chef, a restaurateur or a party boy -- and what I learned (full disclosure) in a year of working for him -- read it here.

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Most under-rated ingredient: Salt. There are dozens of types of salt I like to use, but people are scared of it so I think it's often overlooked.

Something always found in your kitchen: Cottage cheese. I eat plain, load it with jalapeños and radish. I also put it in the robot coupe and use it as a base for sauces and dips. It's another versatile ingredient that's too often overlooked.

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Something never found in your kitchen: A microwave. It takes only a few minutes to heat up a pan or turn on the oven. People should really stay away from them.

Something always found in your fridge: Butter, Sriracha and black seedless grapes.

Favorite thing to eat growing up: Kraft mac and cheese. I still love it.

Favorite thing to eat now: A Chicago-style hot dog made with Vienna Beef and a poppy seed bun.

What's your guilty pleasure?: Swedish fish.

If your cooking were a genre of music, what would it be?: Punk rock. I pretty much do what I want, how I want, and I don't really care what anyone has to say about it.

Location Info

Praying Monk - CLOSED

7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Over Easy

4730 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Lodge - CLOSED

4422 N. 75th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Mabel's on Main - CLOSED

7018 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Renegade - CLOSED

9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Petite Maison

7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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I can't wait to meet chef May at the opening of his new  Lodge Kitchen in Fort Collins, Colorado. He'll be too busy, however, this is a guy I'd love to have a beer with, and maybe a brownie too!

Welcome to Fort Fun Chef May!!!

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