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