As part of our Amusing Bouche interview series, we asked more than a dozen chefs to share everything from what item they’d save from their kitchen if it was on fire to how they really feel about Yelp to which food trends they wish would die. But to get to know them a little better, we put a spin on a classic and asked: If you could cook for one person, who would it be?
I would cook for my dad. He passed away before I started cooking. I would roast a chicken, accompanied by a big bowl of arugula, and perfect potato purée. If I was feeling fancy, I’d cover it with a blanket of alba white truffles. We would probably skip dessert and finish with a cold Bud Light and a cigar. Truffles and cheap beer sounds pretty dreamy. Dad would be proud.
Cooks and Soldiers
I’d cook head cheese for vegans, because face meat is delicious.
The Slackers—the ska band. It’s my favorite band. I grew up listening to them and see them every time they come to the city where I’m living.
Spoon and Stable
I would cook for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I would make him our 60-day dry aged beef.
Ox & Son
Hands down, my Grandfather. My Grandfather passed away while I was in Culinary School. He reminds me of what it’s like to be a real man. He fought in a war, built his own house, was incredibly spiritual, was a philanthropist, could fix his own car, loved his family and was a genuinely great human. He would love my style of cooking!
I would cook a seven-course meal for Liberace, using only recipes from his cookbook Liberace Cooks. And each course would need to be served in a different one of his seven dining rooms at his house. And there you have it.
My mother! Both of my parents are good home cooks, and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen growing up. Now I love to cook for them.
Miami Beach restaurant
Miss April, of course or Miss May or even Miss June if the others are busy! I would make the best thing I have ever prepared in my life. (laughing). That’s actually a difficult question. If I was cooking at my house or in the restaurant it all varies. But cooking for cute girls at home always wins.
My dad who passed away when I was young, and if I could expand the table, it would include all my fallen family and those who never saw me be successful as a chef. I’d cook them everything.
Craigie on Main
I’d cook for my grandmother and grandfather (I know that’s two but that’s who I dream of cooking for). It could be anything, but I’d love for them to see what I’ve been up to and then have a glass of Scotch after dinner and just talk.
Man… I’ve been really lucky in that I have actually cooked for just about anybody one would want to get a chance to cook for. Off the top of my head I’ve cooked for Derek Jeter, Al Pacino, Thomas Keller, Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone, Sidney Poitier, Rob Reiner, President Obama, Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Nas, Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Campbell and even Halle Berry. So I guess probably Jay Z.
Thomas Keller. I don’t even know what I would make him because just the thought of that is crazy. I would just grab the freshest ingredients from the kitchen, cook my heart out and hope he likes it.
Jean-Michel Basquiat. [He] really inspires me. His work can be so very complex and complicated and then so simple. I love the way he uses colors…they are rich and vivid, and even when he uses black and white it is still very bold. If I could have cooked for him, it would have been eggs. Not sure exactly what dish at this point, but he included eggs in a number of pieces of art, so trying to learn the importance of the egg story to him through food would have been amazing.
My late father, I think it would really make him smile.
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