What the Chef Eats

Italian Grilled Chicken with Vegetables and Quinoa

Recipe by Mike Liotta, chef de cuisine, Quarter Kitchen I spent my early years in the South. I know, an Italian family that grew up in the South, right? But I think it’s a really ...

Miso Glazed Salmon

Recipe by Brent Calley, executive chef, Porto Vista Hotel I remember being at my grandfather’s house on vacation. I was about ten. Every night he would ask me what I wanted for dinner and then ...

Shrimp Scampi

Recipe by José Sanchez, executive chef, Point Loma Café. I grew up in Mexico City and came to the U.S. in 1975. I came here looking for a better life and started working in a ...

Minestra Soup

Recipe by Jeff Jackson, Chef, A.R. Valentien (at the Lodge at Torrey Pines) When you learn to cook as I did, 30 to 40 years ago in the Midwest, you had a menu that was ...

Nonnee’s Cannoli

Recipe by Antonio Friscia, Executive Chef, Stingaree My dad was a wholesale seafood distributor in San Francisco. I grew up delivering fish to restaurants, and I liked the other side of the business. I was ...

Southern Shrimp and Grits

Recipe by Camron Woods, chef, Amaya I love the creativity of being a chef. I remember once when I was starting out, a sous chef in the kitchen made everyone a snack to eat and ...

Chilled Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Soup

Recipe by Carl Schroeder, executive chef, Market Restaurant I have a sports background. I played football and ran track in college. I liked the physical aspect of work, but I knew that being a personal ...

Gazpacho

Recipe by Gavin Schmidt, executive chef, Blanca I like eating. A lot. When I was in high school, I took a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant because it allowed me to eat all ...

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Recipe by Karen Krasne, executive chef, Extraordinary Desserts What’s unusual about me is that while I am a pastry chef, I lead a very healthy lifestyle. I do raw food sometimes and there are periods ...

Deluxe Mac & Cheese

Recipe by Marc Liautard, executive chef, Barrel Room Why did I leave France? Well, I was curious. I grew up in Clermont Ferrand in Auvergne in the center of France. One day, I answered an ...

Coconut Curried Mussels

Recipe by Eric Bauer, executive chef, Anthology. I have cooked ever since I was little with my mom and grandmother. They are both Swedish, so we had a lot of Swedish meatballs and pancakes for ...

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