Todd Sicolo Dishes on Hostess Apple Pies and Why He Admires Eddie Matney

T Cook's pork, Scallops and butternut puree.jpg
Courtesy of T. Cook's
Crispy pork belly, scallops and butternut squash puree
Kitchen in which you've had the most fun and why: In Thomas Keller's kitchen doing a stage. Great experience working with a master!

What do you know now that you didn't 10 years ago?: To be patient, listen to people and take feedback not as an insult but as constructive criticism to make you better. Just listen!

Pet peeve when dining in a restaurant: Slow unengaged service and lack of basic kitchen fundamentals. Hot food should be on hot plates, cold food should be on cold plates.

Local or national chef you admire and why:
Local chef Eddie Matney, because he's not a quitter and always contributes 100%. He has done some great things for his team and for the city. Just overall, a top notch chef and human being.

Pet peeve in the kitchen: Chef/cook rebuttals. Think before you speak.

Favorite thing to eat growing up: Okay, I have a problem with these little pies, so they're not even allowed in our house: Hostess Apple Pies. I can easily crush 5 of these in a sitting.

Favorite thing to eat now: Great fruit -- crisp apples, sweet cherries, all types of pears -- Ice cold.

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T. Cook's

5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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