What is your ideal office?
A shophouse facing a beach, with a kitchen studio in the back and a couple of cats lurking around.
Is New York your city?
Nah, it ain’t anybody’s city. It’s more the other way around, but I am beginning to understand it a bit better.
What idea has made a remarkable impression on you?
That one can figure out how to do most things by actually doing them.
What is your most treasured belonging?
I don’t own anything that I would consider to be treasure. Years of traveling and living out of a backpack taught me the value of going light. I do own the property where Pok Pok in Portland is located, that is probably my most valuable possession, if not treasured.
What is a career highlight that stands out to you?
Not going out of business my first year of owning Pok Pok!
If you weren’t a chef, what would you be?
When have you made the wrong decision?
Too many times to count. Luckily I’ve made enough right decisions to get as far as I have.
What grosses you out?
Racist, sexist, homophobic right wing freaks. And natto, never liked that stuff. Crunchy and slimy.