Charleen Badman: On Lori Hashimoto, Chris Bianco's Mom, and the Kitchen Phrase That Gets Under Her Skin
|Seasonal salad with radish, apple, pomegranate seeds, pecans and cranberries|
Trend you like: I'm not really into trends, but I'm excited that vegetables are getting more attention. I hope it's not a trend [and it] just becomes a fact that vegetables need to be used more than proteins.
Dish/trend or catchphrase you wish would go away: "Yes, Chef." I cook for a living. Just call me by my name.
Your favorite cuisine: Anything ethnic. It's always been my staple go-to on my days off. I always find inspiration for my crazy-cook head.
Best food memory: Arriving in New York with my suitcase. I went to the Bianco house without ever having met Chris' family. Francesca [Chris Bianco's mom] had roast chicken waiting. I can still smell the kitchen and the carrots she cooked it with.
If your cooking were a genre of music, what would it be?: It wouldn't be about the genre as much as the energy that a band that's been together for a long time exudes on stage. Although it's hard work, they make the music seem seamless through a group effort.
Favorite place to dine in Phoenix: Hana Japanese. Lori [Hashimoto] makes everything taste fresh and exciting, and she just has such honesty about her food. She's justifiably proud of what she does.
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Chris Gross of Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge
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