Josh Riesner of Scottsdale's Pig & Pickle Dishes on Bartending Bullshit and What He Ate That You Probably Never Will

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Pig & Pickle
Name a national/international chef you greatly admire and explain why:
Marcus Samuelsson . . . dude comes at it from all kinds of angles.

Favorite thing to eat growing up: Anything my mom made. She was and still is a great cook.

What's your guilty pleasure?: Skittles.

What people don't really know/understand about you is: I'm really like Sour Skittles: hard and sour on the outside, but once you get inside, that all changes.

Name a culinary mentor and explain what you learned from that person: Joachim Splichal helped me realize that I could do this as a living -- a lifestyle and a craft instead of just a job.

What was it like working in Vegas?: It wears you down. The regimen there was, like, walk six miles to get eggs, go through the security checkpoint. It's so soul-less.

In which kitchen have you had the most fun and why?: I've had fun in them all and still do to this day. I love what I do and especially that I now do it for Pig & Pickle every day.

Pet peeve in the kitchen: Guys that wipe their hands on themselves, overlooking trash on the floor and disrespect.

Last meal on earth -- what would it be?: A wood-grilled cheeseburger, Rochefort 10 and purple Skittles.

What should be written on your head stone?: He had fun doing it!

Enjoy this Chef Salad? Check out Nikki's previous interviews with:
Lester Gonzalez of Cowboy Ciao
M.J. Coe of Federal Pizza
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

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Location Info

Pig & Pickle

2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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