Lives in: Atlas District
‘Top Chef’: Season 4, 5th place; Season 8 (All-Stars), eliminated 5th
WHAT’S ON HIS PLATE
Good Stuff Eatery. Capitol Hill, opened 2008 (Crystal City location scheduled to open spring 2012; Georgetown location in early winter 2012; locations in Philadelphia and Chicago in 2013)
We the Pizza. Capitol Hill, opened July 2010
“The Good Stuff.” Cookbook, published May 2010
Kosher deli food truck. Launched May 2011
Advice for someone renovating a kitchen: Consult a chef. Ask them what they most love about their kitchens.
Most important element of a kitchen:
The heat source.
Least favorite trend: I hate super-modern, futuristic kitchen designs. It’s so uncomfortable. Kitchens are supposed to be homey, not look like a clinic. I also hate those cabinets that you push to open and kitchens with two dishwashers. Do you really need two dishwashers?
Large or small kitchens: An efficient compromise.
Favorite thing about your kitchen:
Least favorite: The electric stove.
What you have at your work kitchen that you wish you had at home: A soft-serve machine. That and a slushy machine would complete this place.
Most recent kitchen purchase: Dark blue Staub cookware.
Favorite dish to prepare: Really great chicken soup. It smells so delicious, like a chicken soup-scented candle.
Kitchen item you can’t live without: My crockpot for searing meats, making short ribs. My electric skillet for pancakes and steaks. It’s hearty, and it only gets better and better.
If you weren’t a chef, what would you be? A professional surfer or a world traveler. That said, if I was anything else, I’d tell you I wanted to be a chef.