Steven "Chops" Smith Dishes on the Weirdest Thing He Ever Ate (It Smells Bad) and Why He Loves Japanese Cuisine
Dish/trend or catch-phrase you wish would go away and why: I'll tell you what's horrible -- hamburger sliders. Who wants overcooked little burgers? Unless its White Castle or the Chicago Hamburger Co. That's different.
Your favorite cuisine and why: That's a toss up between French and Japanese. You take two classically trained chefs in each cuisine, put them anywhere in the world in any kitchen and they'll figure it out.
Weirdest thing you ever ate: Fermented tofu when I was working in China. You could smell it from a few blocks away and it tastes just like it smells. Merit!
Describe a meal you like to cook at home: Any kind of hand-made pasta. My daughter Ivy is three and she can already roll it out on our Kitchen-Aid and fill raviolis.
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Michael Rusconi of Rusconi's American Kitchen
Chrysa Robertson of Rancho Pinot
Lynn Rossetto of The Splendid Table
Cullen Campbell of Crudo
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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