Charleen Badman: On Male Chefs, Cooking for Famous People, and the Irrelevance of Her Lady Parts

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Handmade concrete blocks showing Badman's exotic dishes and ingredients

You've cooked for lots of famous people in New York, and quite a few celebs have shown up at FnB. Tell us a story about soigné for celebrities: It's always doing something for them as quickly as possible that they would love: making biscuits for Jeffery Bean in 20 minutes, oatmeal cookies for Dan Rather's wife, duck sausage and lentils for Mike Nichols, or gravy for Carol Burnett's fried chicken because that's how her grandma served it.

Pet peeve in the kitchen: Employees being late. With cell phones and texting, there's no excuse.

Last meal on Earth -- what would it be?: I'd cook dinner at the restaurant and sit down and eat it with my friends and family.

What should be written on your headstone: She loved people. She cooked them good food.

Enjoy this Chef Salad? Check out Nikki's previous interviews with:
Charleen Badman of FnB
Tony Abou-Ganim & Adam Seger

Charlotte Voisey of Best American Brands Ambassador
Steve Olson of Valley Ho
Dough Robson of Gallo Blanco
Edward Farrow of The Cafe at MIM
Greg LaPrad of Quiessence & Morning Glory Cafe
Joshua Johnson of Kai
Joshua Johnson of Kai
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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Nikki, thank you so much for the article I think that it is very cool that you are able to interview such fun and interesting people. Last week I was trying to find more information on Charleen Badman because I have been working on a project for culinary school up here and Portland, OR and I know that I am going to be heading down to Phoenix once I am done. Very well articulated article and made me feel like a got to know someone just through the blog. 

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