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


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Cozy private dining room at Quiessence
What people don't know about Q is: Some past employees honestly believe they have seen a benevolent spirit here in the restaurant. We tell the ghost stories to new recruits late at night as we're cleaning up after dinner service.

What does Q does better than anyone else?: Sit outside on a cool night at our brick oven and I believe we can deliver a wholly unique dining experience on par with anything else in the world.

What people don't know about you is: A lot and I intend to keep it that way! I'm actually a pretty quiet person who hates being the center of attention (exception made for Ms. Buchanan, one of this city's great food writers.)

Name a culinary mentor and explain what you learned from that person: Pat Christofolo. She's a natural leader, who confidently surrounds herself with talented people and has a deft understanding of the F&B industry. I came to Pat knowing I could cook, but she helped me learn how to run a business and manage people. I'm grateful for the belief she had in me, and thankful for all the mentoring, support and advice she has given me over the years.

Last meal on earth -- what would it be: I'll probably be in a hospital, dying, hardly able to swallow, with a feeding tube in me. I'd like Chef or Dr. Binkley to come in my room with a big cup of his foie gas shake and pour it down my feeding tube, because why not, that's the way to go.

What should be written on your head stone?:I did it my way.

Enjoy this Chef Salad? Check out Nikki's previous interviews with:
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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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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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