Todd Sicolo Dishes on Grant Achatz and His Short-Lived Las Vegas Marriage

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Braised pork green chile tacos
What's your guilty pleasure?: I can crush an entire bowl of popcorn all by myself. I love salty savory crackly snacks. I keep it simple. The guilty part is the actual amount I eat in one sitting.

Most over-rated ingredient: Field greens! ARGH! When I eat them it reminds me of the days of playing soccer, sliding in the grass and getting a mouth full of grass clippings.

Most under-rated ingredient: I'm gonna actually say two -- fennel bulbs and root vegetables (like rutabagas or turnips.) All are very versatile, and can easily be made into a wonderful salad, sides, or simply cooked with butter, sea salt and pepper.

Restaurant trend you like: Farm to fork, local partnerships with local farms.

Restaurant trend you hate: Grass-fed beef; you really have to do your homework on this item. There are 100 % grass-feed cattle ranches, but there are also cattle ranches that feed the cattle corn the bulk of their lives, then in the last 3 to 4 months they move them to grass feed. Do your homework. Don't take this for granted. Read up on the ranch. It's a good rule of thumb to do with all specialized products.

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Lynn Rossetto of The Splendid Table
Cullen Campbell of Crudo
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Justin Beckett of Beckett's Table
Bryan Dooley of Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue
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T. Cook's

5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

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