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

You're one of those people other people seem to love or hate. Why?:
I'm passionate about everything I do, and I do what I love. There are very few people who live their life that way, and I guess it evokes a strong reaction. I think that the the group that loves me knows me a whole lot better than the group that hates.

If you could have an audience with your detractors, what would you like to say to them?: Fuck them. I wouldn't waste my time.

Last meal on earth -- what would it be?: I'd like a picnic -- blanket in a meadow, blue skies overhead. Live music. Beer on ice. Pate, charcuterie and cheese give way to oysters and caviar. Fried chicken, cole slaw and pickles. Milky white bread, salted butter. And finish it all off with a well-made pot brownie.

What should be written on your head stone?: Here lies Aaron May. This guy knew how to live.

Enjoy this Chef Salad? Check out Nikki's previous interviews with:
Aaron May of Praying Monk
Cullen Campbell of Crudo
DJ Monti Carlo
Pete DeRuvo of Davanti Enoteca
Chuck Wiley of Cafe ZuZu
Justin Beckett of Beckett's Table
Bryan Dooley of Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue
Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe
Jeff Kraus of Crepe Bar
Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House
James Porter of Petite Maison
Johnny Chu of SoChu House Neo Asian + Martini Bar
Stephen Jones of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Chris Gross of Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge
Chris Curtiss of NoRTH Arcadia
Payton Curry of Brat Haus
Mark Tarbell of Tarbell's
Josh Hebert of Posh
Kevin Binkley of Binkley's Restaurant
Lori Hashimoto of Hana Japanese Eatery
Larry White, Jr. Lo-Lo's Fried Chicken & Waffles

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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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