Greg LaPrad Dishes on the Ghost at Quiessence and Gives a Hilarious Answer to the Last Meal on Earth Question

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Greg LaPrad seated at the wine bar at Quiessence.
This is part two of my interview with Greg LaPrad, chef-owner of Quiessence and Morning Glory Cafe. If you missed part one, where LaPrad gave negative "foodies" a serious tongue-lashing, read it here.

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Your favorite cuisine and why: East Coast Italian-American. It's what I grew up eating: spaghetti and meatballs, Parmesans, piccata, Marsala, scaloppine.

Weirdest thing you ever ate: In Nairobi, Kenya, I ate at a restaurant called Carnivore and tried giraffe, zebra, hartebeest (African antelope). I had half the Serengeti in me. Definitely weird.

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Winter squash soup with smoked duck breast, bread pudding croutons and meringue

If your cooking were a genre of music, what would it be?: The blues, because the music is real, honest and has a deep sense of place.

Your most embarrassing moment in the kitchen: I was working the pantry station at Michael's at the Citadel shortly after starting there. I was making the soup for the restaurant and had the freedom to make whatever I wanted. That day I decided to make a fennel-orange soup. Unfortunately, not thinking, I made my base by squeezing fresh oranges and simmering them in my soup stock. It was a huge mistake and turned into a bitter mess. It still haunts me to this day.

What really turns you off when you're dining at a restaurant? Honestly, I'm not a picky diner. I'd really only be offended at an obvious lack of sanitation. Every restaurant has a niche and a market that works for them. If it doesn't work for me, I simply won't return. To each their own.

Name one of your favorite places to dine in Phoenix and briefly explain why: My favorite place to dine is at my home. After being in and around a restaurant all week, my wife's cooking is very welcome. I do, however, have a lot of respect for local chefs Chris Bianco and Kevin Binkley. Both possess unbelievable culinary minds.

Location Info

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Morning Glory Cafe

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Nikki Buchanan
Nikki Buchanan

Thanks so much, Rhonni! You made my day! Yep, Greg is awesome. I thought his answers revealed a lot about him. What an intelligent, thoughtful person he is! One of my favorite interviews so far!

Rhonni Boss Moffitt
Rhonni Boss Moffitt

Nikki - you really have a gift. Chef Greg is one of my favorite Arizona chefs and I learned so much more about him from this article. And, it only made me respect and revere him even more!

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