David Chang (english version)

Chef at the Mirror.. c'est-à-dire my "food and wine" personal revision of the Proust's game.

di Anna Battaini

Pubblicato giovedì, 11 novembre 2010

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Photo Gabriele Stabile courtesy of Momofuku
Which is your first memory related to food I was trying to cook blue crabs. I was five years old, it was my birthday party and I asked my dad, I don't know why, but I wanted to have a crab boiled. And I tried to cook it in the hot water of the bathroom sink.
 
Which is the main trait of your personality?
Impatience. Unfortunately impatience.
 
Which is the ingredient you like to use more when you cook?
I like cooking with apples
 
And the one you try to avoid?
Japanese mountain yam. And also I don't like to use Okra. 
 
When you are not cooking which is your favorite activity?
Fly fishing or skiing. It's nice to be outdoors, because when you are in NY you want to do stuff outside and enjoy the nature.
 
If you can bring back to life a famous chef from the past and get one of his recipes in exchange, who will he be?
Which is the Troisgros brother that passed away, Jean Claude or Pierre? I'd like to talk to him.
I can also go completely different. "Colonel" Harland Sanders that  created Kentucky Fried Chicken to get that recipe. (ed. laughing)
 
Which is your motto?
Make mistakes.. Just don't make them the second time around! 
 
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Wow, that's a tough one. Greatest  achievement is always just a "group" achievement, with the guys I'm working with. Not been married and not having kids, it will have to be something related to the restaurant. It's been able to employ all the guys in it with you and take care of them all.

What has been the happiest moment in your life?
I don't know. There's always a lot of happy moments. I will say something recent. I was at a wedding and there were a lot of my friends that I hadn't seen very often. It was a perfect day, one of those magical days when everyone stays up till the sunrise and you just don't want it to end. It was perfectly beautiful.

For which historical figures you would had love to cook for?
Genghis Khan

To whom historical figures you would have add a pinch of arsenic?
Arsenic? Ooh line them up!.. obviously, there are so many in Europe. But I'll say a recent one, George W Bush.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I don't really have that many. I guess.. it's petty, but if a flight is over five hours I like to fly business class. (ed. laugh )
No, I tell you what it's actually my great extravagance, if I have the time I always go for the Spa and I spend a lot of money like getting massage and all that stuff.

Photo Gabriele Stabile courtesy of Momofuku

Cooking is a form of art, talking about other forms of arts who is your favourite painter?
My favourite painter is probably Rothko, Mark Rothko.
 
And your favourite composer/ musician?
ACDC and Pavement
 
Which is the last book you read?
"The Strangest Man" from Graham Farmelo. It's recent biography about Paul Dirac.
 
Which music will you choose as the soundtrack of your life?
"I See a Darkness" by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Women spend most of their time cooking, nevertheless most of the best chef in the world are male. Could you help us to solve this arcane?
I think is just a natural thing. A lot of the women that I know, that I'm friend with, are better cooks than men. They are just so gifted but, you know, having children certainly gets in the way of their career. And it's unfortunate that men can continue to do whatever they want.. One of my friend, she is a wonderful cook, she is so talented but it's a harder job having kids and cooking at the same time. I think this is the main reason and it's unfair.
 
Have you ever used your cooking skill to seduce someone?
I'm gonna say maybe. Potentially, I don't know, though!
 
Did it work?
Once again, potentially.. I don't know (ed. laughing out loud, therefore the answer might be "yes")
 
Would you share a recipe with "Rosa Shokking" readers?
Sure. here is the Fuji Apple Salad.
 
Tag:  David Chang, Momofuku, Fuji apple salad, Kimchi, Bacon

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