What the Chef Eats

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 ...

Drunken Noodles

Recipe by Alex Thao, executive chef, Rama. My family has been in the restaurant business for so long that it kind of runs in the genes. My dad has owned restaurants for years. Growing up, ...

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