"It’s about people creating stories around food"
Amen! So, speaking of your work, what inspires your cooking?
First and foremost I cook to survive! It’s so fundamental, it never feels like work. I’m inspired by multi-culturalism of New York. The beautiful fact of just having this huge city with so many people within it. You can get almost any type of food here, and everything becomes a fusion. I love that there is no ‘American food’, it’s a beautiful mix of everything and everyone.
And what about French cuisine, that leans a little more on the side of tradition?
It is, but it’s also about making food that they love. What’s yummy is yummy and I think that’s universal. It’s about people creating stories around food.