Aaron Chamberlin Dishes on Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges and What He Learned at LGO


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Chamberlin at the stove
You spent six years with LGO Group. What was that like?: I have a lot of emotional attachment to LGO. I still go there and pick up trash while I'm waiting for my coffee. It was a special place to be part of, and I got a lot out of that experience. That was my finishing school. It got me out of the fine dining mentality and made me a business chef.

That's an interesting way to put it. So Bob Lynn [founder of LGO Group] was another important mentor, right?: Yeah, he can smell talent. He can smell people who will work like a dog. He's a team-builder. People who worked there have gone on to do massive things -- Doug Robson, Craig DeMarco, Jay Bogsinske and Jared Porter. I mean here was this lineup of chefs making granola, fruit and yogurt.

All that being said, you still wanted to break away and do your own thing:Yeah, the day I decided to open my own restaurant, I looked at myself in the mirror and said, "From here on out, I don't work for anybody but myself." Although sometimes I miss the mentorship. Now I have to find mentors in different ways. I pay attention to CEOs, learning how to delegate and budget my time in blocks.

So, are you looking to build an empire?: Well, I don't expect to get rich. I live in a simple house. I don't drive a fancy car. The days of "who has the most toys wins" are gone. To me, who has the least is the winner.

Last meal on earth: Roasted squab, two ladles of red wine sauce and country bread.

What should be written on your head stone?: Instant gratification is not fast enough!

Enjoy this Chef Salad? Check out Nikki's previous interviews with:
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Chrysa Robertson of Rancho Pinot
Lynn Rossetto of The Splendid Table
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
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James Porter of Petite Maison
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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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