Joshua Johnson of Kai Dishes on Antelope Liver and Working for a Celebrity Chef


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Johnson in the kitchen at Kai
Best food memory: One night during my time at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, we lost all power due to a storm. This happened right before dinner service, so we had to create a ton of last minute food on the fly with only head lamps to see. We wound up making the best and most fresh cuisine using only a small grill. And we turned it out in true Four Seasons-style.

If your cooking were a genre of music, what would it be?: No specific genre, just so long as it makes you want to close your eyes, bob your head and it takes you to a certain place in time. And, so long as it's the kind of song you want to play time and again.

Your most embarrassing moment in the kitchen: Has to be when I spilled the poaching liquid for the poussin all over my leg right in front of the chef (a two-star Michelin chef no less), and he just laughed at me. I don't know what hurt worse -- the 180-degree water down my leg or my bruised ego.

What really turns you off when you're dining at a restaurant?:
I really hate pretentiousness, dirtiness and weak drinks.

Favorite thing to eat growing up: My dad's red and green chili with homemade flour tortillas.

Favorite thing to eat now: Fresh fish, just about any way I can get it.

What's your guilty pleasure?: Chocolate-covered almonds and Crow's Dairy Butter Pecan Cheesecake.

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Kevin Binkley of Binkley's Restaurant
Lori Hashimoto of Hana Japanese Eatery
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Kai

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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