Some of the Greatest Chefs in the World are found in Orange County, California.

Celebation Dessert

Restaurant: The Capital Grille  |  Restaurant Website

What is your first food memory? Octopus Sushi at 5 years old

Did you grow up in a cooking family? Yes

Who has influenced your cooking the most? My Grandmother

Why did you become a chef? I honestly just enjoy cooking!

What did you want to be when you grew up? Soap Opera Star

If I weren’t a chef, I’d be: Soap Opera Star

Who are your favorite chefs? Film Producer/Director

Which seasonings don’t you respect? MSG

Which spices are underrated? Curry

Are there any culinary trends you like right now? Fresh, Non GMO, Organic Dry Age

Any trends you consider overrated? Denim Aprons

What do you think is the next worthwhile food/dining trend? Vegan Meat

What food is your guilty pleasure? Indian Take Away

Is there a food you can’t bring yourself to eat? Nope

Your favorite quick meal to prepare at home? Seared tuna, caught by myself!

Best cooking tip for a novice? No pain no gain

Give us one reason why Orange County’s food scene rocks. Lots of various ethnicities

What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?  

Classical (Rossini or Handel) or Smooth Jazz
If you could cook for anyone who would it be? My Grandmother

What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a customer? To cook their carpaccio

What’s the best part about being a chef? You get to wear pajamas to work

What’s the most challenging part of being a chef?  Managing all the personalities

Filet & butter poached lobster