Steven "Chops" Smith Dishes on Chris Curtiss and Sends a Love Note to the Boys at Citizen
|Tuna poke + charred jalapeño + candied tomato|
Everything. Ivan taught us how to teach and learn at the same time. He really guided us to have discipline, but also to open our hearts, minds and souls. There is still food coming out today that we did years ago in our tastings. Every day we experimented.
In which kitchen have you had the most fun and why?: DPOV.
We were all best friends out to "get" each other and out-do each other: friendly, brutal, violent competition. In a good way.
Pet peeve in the kitchen: Guys who don't give a shit.
Last meal on earth -- what would it be?: A whole roasted lobe of foie gras, a tomahawk rib eye with our demi-glace, a loaded baked potato, a Chicago dog, a guacamole taco, a bowl of pho and a glass of brown liquor.
What should be written on your head stone?: He had an unbridled lust for life (direct quote from my boy Dane).
Enjoy this Chef Salad? Check out Nikki's previous interviews with:
Steven "Chops" Smith of Searsucker
Aaron Chamberlin of St. Francis
Michael Rusconi of Rusconi's American Kitchen
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
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