Edward Farrow of The Cafe at MIM Dishes on Menu Integrity and Starting a Fire at River Café

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Even the beers are 50% local at MIM
Five words to describe the Café at MIM: Fresh, sustainable, local, tasty, surprising.

Favorite food smell: Braising meat. The aromatics and seared flesh awaken my "inner caveman" every time.

Favorite cookbook and why: The Bible. If you believe, he is the ultimate chef.

Ingredient you love to cook with and why: Hearty greens (chards, mustards, kales, etc) because they're very versatile, and can handle additional flavor components -- salt, sweet, sour, bitter, smoke -- pretty easily. They're good for you as well, except for the added bacon.

Most over-rated ingredient: Salmon. It's everywhere.

Most under-rated ingredient: Offal, a taste and texture sensation not found much elsewhere.

Trend you like: Chef-owned restaurants. They seem to be a chef's only option for cooking and doing business the way he or she wants. Hotels and resorts, which were the arena for fine dining and experimentation for so long, seem to go the safe route when the economy is struggling.

Trend you wish would go away: Lack of menu integrity. The menu states "Joe Smith's Tomatoes", but Joe hasn't grown them in 4 months. It's a disservice to Joe as well as to the guest, who expects something better and gets fleeced. Reprint the thing already.

Your most embarrassing moment in the kitchen: Working for David Burke in NYC. He was reaching for an item in a pot of fryer oil, and I spilled it on the flat top, creating a rather large fire under his arm, which gave him some serious burns. I was pretty sure I was unemployed at that point, but the next day, he had a sense of humor about it. I've had anxiety about the incident ever since.

Enjoy this Chef Salad? Check out Nikki's previous interviews with:
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Joshua Johnson of Kai
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Todd Sicolo of T.Cooks
Josh Riesner of Pig & Pickle
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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The Cafe at MIM

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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