Hard to pick just one! I love my Microplane, a good pan or rondeau, and I use the food processor quite a bit. Also, a corkscrew. Great wine is a must in my kitchen, in the food and in the glass!
I'm catching up on emails, exploring restaurants and markets and interesting "finds" in New York City, and traveling as much as possible.
Personally, my ideal dinner party is one where I gather family and friends from various parts of my life, in a gorgeous setting, with great food and lots of wine flowing. For clients, the ideal party or event is one which brings clients' friends, family, and colleagues together, with delicious food and free-flowing drinks...and one they don't want to end early. Lots of smiles!
Bringing smiles to my clients' faces and helping them to make wonderful lasting memories, for sure.
Very hard to select one, but I'm known for my great Italian dishes, including amazing pastas, seafood, and meats, and in particular: EGGPLANT. Melanzane. Yes, I'm obsessed. I've turned many eggplant-haters into fans. I share the love. Also, chocolate desserts. I am trying to marry my 2 favorite ingredients into one dish...still working on the eggplant-chocolate combo.
Impossible! There are too many kinds of memorable meals. Tops are the tasting menu at Enoteca Pinchiorri in Firenze, a birthday meal at Le Bernardin in New York, fabulous fresh fish on the beach in Uruguay, a multi-course meal with fellow chefs in the Italian countryside with kilos of fresh caviar...and many amazing meals in various homes with friends. Like I said, too many to mention all of them.
I first worked in a professional kitchen and loved it.
Prosecco, white wine, and good quality vodka. And good iced tea.
Great quality olive oil from Italy, high quality sea salt, canned San Marzano tomatoes, dark chocolate, and various vinegars and sauces including Asian (sriracha and hoisin).
NYC! Then: Rome, Firenze, Bangkok, Barcelona, Paris, Tel Aviv, Rio de Janeiro, London, Buenos Aires, Lisbon.
Morocco and Turkey! Ceviche-palooza in Peru and Chile! Vietnam! Safari in Africa with time in Capetown and SA wine country!
Buffalo wings -- good ones.
Tie between summer and autumn.
Mint chocolate chip.
A good eggplant alla parmigiana or pasta alla Norma (a Sicilian pasta dish with eggplant). And I do eat chocolate every day anyway! Dark chocolate.
Probably poached...though I'm known for my fabulous "morning after" omelette with caramelized onions and boursin cheese.
It's a beverage, and it's coffee. I know: weird. And I love the smell, just hate the taste. And yes, I'm a chef, and yes, I lived in Italy for years. Like I said, weird.