By Kris Kitto - 08/05/09 06:59 PM EDT
When I’m not eating my own food — I eat sandwiches. I like anything that I can put between bread. Burgers are probably my favorite. When we come home, it’s anything — ham and cheese, chicken salad, egg salad. My girlfriend is excellent at making sandwich fillings.
Born and raised — I was born and raised in Northfield, Vt.
Food I cannot stand — I can’t stand food that has the fake, liquid smoke in there. It drives me crazy. I love smoked food, but authentically smoked. I’m not a smoker, but liquid smoke kind of tastes like I’m eating a cigarette.
Views on cooking TV shows — I think that it’s great that there are cooking shows on TV, and I think it sparked a lot more interest in food. And I think it also educates people that are coming to dine at restaurants, just to get an overall sense of food. I think the downfall of it is that people that are new to the industry kind of see it as a glamorous lifestyle, and it’s really not. For young kids who can think they can come in and have a cooking show, it’s not so hot.
Strangest cuisine I’ve tried — I was in Japan for two weeks, and the traditional Japanese food was interesting — not that I didn’t like it, but there are a lot of textures to get used to. I’m not so good with cold and slimy. For me, strange is textures.
Must-have cooking utensil — My sauce spoon.
Thoughts on Washington’s food scene — When I came from New York, I came down thinking that Washington was quite a ways behind New York, and I don’t believe that to be true anymore. I think that there’s a lot of room for growth, but more and more we’re getting a lot of big-name chefs down here, and it seems to me it’s becoming one of the next food cities.
Worst kitchen disaster — Right before I left New York, I had an [electric cooking device] on, and it just [suddenly] caught on fire. I had to blast the [crap] out of it with a fire extinguisher. We had to re-prep everything while we were cooking. It was a full-on blazing flame of glory. It wasn’t fun.
Biggest pet peeve in the kitchen — I think it’s when cooks don’t give 100 percent and cooks that are inconsistent. One day they do something really well, and then the other day, they’re half-retarded. And it comes a lot in people who aren’t really sure if they want to cook.
Strangest things cooked — When I was in Singapore, it was something called Bird’s Nest. It is the spit of a rare bird. They actually have to go up in caves to collect this spit. It’s considered a huge delicacy in a lot of Asia. It gets poached, and it almost looks like glass noodles. It was kind of slimy-textured. It’s extremely expensive. I guess if you don’t grow up with something or harvest it, I guess you don’t appreciate it as much as you should. It didn’t do anything for me.
Age — 27
Marital status — Single, girlfriend