Doug Robson Dishes On Why Tacos Are Great and What It's Like to Eat Bugs and Worms

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Name an ingredient you love to cook with and explain why: Rice. It's in almost all cuisines, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Spanish, Japanese & the list goes on. But what makes rice awesome is the unique way it can be prepared. From risotto to sushi rice, it's a tricky little grain. You really need to know what type you are working with.

Most over-rated ingredient: Meat. It's so easy. Anyone can make a great meat dish. It's harder to bring out the right flavors and create umami with grains and produce.

Trend you like: Local food sources, sustainable farming, local chicken, pork and beef.

Weirdest thing you ever ate: Beatles, sautéed in olive oil served in a taco with a very spicy salsa. I won't do it again. Just can't get past the psychological part of it. I've also eaten maguey worms, whose flavor was kind of musky, almost like crustaceans. Because they were panfried, they were crunchy, not mushy inside. Almost like cracklins.

Favorite thing to eat growing up: Tacos.

Favorite thing to eat now: Tacos. They're such a great thing. Like sushi, you keep going until you're satisfied. You don't waste tacos.

Enjoy this Chef Salad? Check out Nikki's previous interviews with:
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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401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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