Mother's Day is an important bonding day for mothers and children. It's on the second Sunday of May each year, ensuring a bright, beautiful, leisurely day with their doting children. That image is really just a dream to the mothers of America's busiest chefs. Their children are usually tied up at work for a very crowded brunch service! We asked two successful chefs how they handle Mother's Day.
Jose Andrés has 3 restaurants to his name in Washington, DC, but Jaleo is closest to his heart. “My grandmother and mother taught me to cook when I was very young,” recalls Andrés. His restaurant features the family Spanish and tapas recipes he learned as a boy, and the menu is a tribute to his mother and his memories of cooking with her. His mother still lives in his family home in Spain, but he feels close to her when he serves her traditional dishes.
Susan Regis, Chef at Boston’s Upstairs on the Square, shares a curious bond with her mother when it comes to food. “My father is Italian, and my mother is Polish, and she learned to cook Italian food for his family. She almost never served Polish food,” remembers Susan. Susan spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her mother, and as she became older they tried more Polish recipes. Now her mother prefers her daughter’s cooking to her own! Susan loves cooking lamb for her mother, and her mother especially loves Susan’s fluffy strawberry shortcake for dessert.