did you become a chef?
By fluke. My first job was dishwashing
in a small restaurant in Healdsburg in high school, it paid
20 cents more an hour than minimum wage. I ended up helping
the chef a lot in the kitchen; With that small amount of experience,
I cooked my way through college and finally decided this was
something I could do. By fluke, I managed to get a job at
Ma Maison peeling vegetables for Wolfgang Puck. That's how
it all started.
Favorite ingredient: Garlic
& fresh thyme.
Unusual request: One
time we had to hide an engagement ring in an order of oysters.
We hoped that she wouldn't be so excited by the oysters and
slurp that one down that concealed the ring.
Dinner party with 3 people: Buckminster
Fuller, Thomas Jefferson & Gloria Leonard.
Chef or Cookbook author that has inspired
me most: Wolfgang Puck & Leonard.
Best Culinary Schools: Any
professional school in which you are willing to invest your
heart and vest effort.