What is your idea of bliss? A house overlooking the Adriatic Sea in Molise, Italy.
What is the quality you most like in a meal? Soul food – someone who is cooking from the heart.
What is the quality you most like in a wine? A wine that you taste the place where it came from.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse in the kitchen? “If you have another speed, now would be the time to use it.”
What do you consider the most overrated ingredient? Cilantro
What is your state of mind when cooking? Relaxed
Who are your favorite chefs? In no particular order: Nadia Santini, Jonathan Waxman, Susan Feniger, Carmen Gonzalez, John Hogan, Takashi Yagihashi, Alain Ducasse, Paul Kahan, Sarah Grueneberg.
What is your favorite dish? Linguine con Vongole
Which culinary talent would you most like to have? Ice carving…
What is your most treasured kitchen tool? A wooden spoon