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Issue Date: May 2007 Issue


Silver Spoons: Yeah, these guys (and gals) are good.

 

Chef:

Sergio Abramof

Jonathan Bennett

Dominic Cerino

Brant Evans

Restaurant:

Sergio's Sarava, Sergio's in University Circle Moxie the Restaurant Carrie Cerino's

Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern

Age:

50 33 49

35

What ingredient can't you live without?

"I love onions, but garlic is a close second Diamond Crystal kosher salt Veal stock

Kosher Salt

Favorite Kitchen utensil, besides a knife?

"My hands are the best kitchen tool" "Can I give three? Whisk, spatula and spoon. There's not much more you can't do without. My Cuisinart

My foamer

What trend are you sick of?

"I love trends; they're always good for a laugh." "Someone trying to follow a trend, and not doing it successfully." Foams, things like that, frou-frou food. The architectural design of plates."

"I don't ever follow trends; i do my own thing. I couldn't event tell you what the trend is right now."

Where would you take your parents for their anniversary?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Bangkok Thai Cuisine Lola

Saucy Bistro, Fahrenheit, Osteria and Lola

What's the most underrated spot in town?

Nate's Deli "Any of the little mom-and-pops still serving good, honest food." The Baricelli Inn

Osteria di Valerio and Al

What's your favorite pizza in town?

Valentino's fresh mushroom pizza. "Danny Boy's - extra pepperoni, a little well done." "I can't tell you the last time I had pizza. We dont't serve it; pizza is not Italian."

Romeo's in Twinsburg

Favorite spot for brunch?

Yours Truly My House "I'm always working on Sunday."

Blue Canyon

What's your guilty-pleasure food?

"Any tasty, fried snack like Sarava's salgadinhos." Mountian Dew and kettle cooked potato chips Coffee, chocolate

Girl Scout cookies

Where do you buy your groceries for home?

Miles Farmers Market Heinen's in Avon Heinen's The Sausage Shop

Heinen's West Point market

What's your favorite drink?

"Guarana, a Brazilan rainforest fruit soda. At the end of the day, a caipirinha is perfect." "Iced tea and sparkling water. I would rather drink the iced tea, but sparkling water is better for you." Cappiccino Tanqueray and tonic

Chef:

Jeff Fisher

Randal Johnson

Marlin Kaplan

Restaurant:

Lago Molinari's One Walnut

Age:

34 50 55

What ingredient can't you live without?

Basil Garlic Kosher salt

Favorite Kitchen utensil, besides a knife?

Box grater Vita-Mix Blender An eight quart dutch oven.

What trend are you sick of?

Foam "Foaming everything, overworking things, things that are just over the top." Fusion cooking

Where would you take your parents for their anniversary?

Chez Francois Giovanni's Restorante Johnny's Downtown

What's the most underrated spot in town?

Empress Taytu Shinano's Sushi Opa on 25th

What's your favorite pizza in town?

Angelo's

"We make our own ... at home." Maxi's

Favorite spot for brunch?

West End Tavern Dim sum at Li Wah Dim sum at Bo Loong

What's your guilty-pleasure food?

Chicken Wings Lobster in bearnaise sauce Ie Cream

Where do you buy your groceries for home?

The West Side Market, Asia Plaza The West Side Market, Reiders Market The West Side Market, Heinen's

What's your favorite drink?

Campari on the rocks with a twist of lime. Wine especially French Burgundies A very dry martini, Boodles gin with a lemon twist.

Chef:

Doug Katz

Rob Records

Karen Small

Restaurant:

Fire Food and Drink    Johnny's Downtown The Flying Fig

Age:

55 37 52

What ingredient can't you live without?

Shallots Kosher salt Pork

Favorite Kitchen utensil, besides a knife?

Vita-Mix Blender Tongs Wooden spoon

What trend are you sick of?

Fusion. "Where there's too many special ingredients within a dish. I like simple, techique driven." "The whole Asian-influence thing." Chemistry in the kitchen. From foam on, I'm in the dark. ...Food to me is so tactile, so sensory, I can't get over scientific experiments."

Where would you take your parents for their anniversary?

Johnny's Downtown Parallax Anywhere that serves steak

What's the most underrated spot in town?

Mint Cafe No answer "Heather Haviland over at Lucky's Cafe."

What's your favorite pizza in town?

"I love Marotta's. I'd say my pizza, can I say that? My mushroom and Gruyere pizza." Angelo's Angelo's

Favorite spot for brunch?

Dim sum, or Lucky's Cafe M Bistro Lucky's Cafe, The West Side Market Cafe

What's your guilty-pleasure food?

Desserts, sweets, chocolate Ice Cream Artisanel cheeses, chocolate

Where do you buy your groceries for home?

Zagara's Giant Eagle in North Olmsted or Westlake North Union Farmers Markets, Heinen's

What's your favorite drink?

Sparkling water or coffee Heineken Wine

Chef:

Rachel Spieth

Jill Vedaa

Rocco Whalen

Restaurant:

Three Birds Saucy Bistro Fahrenheit

Age:

23 34 30

What ingredient can't you live without?

Celery Root Butter Soy Sauce

Favorite Kitchen utensil, besides a knife?

Wooden Spoon Vita-Mix blender A ricer

What trend are you sick of?

I'm sick of the loose terminology some people use, like calling something 'tomato confit' when there's no possible such thing." "I don't like that people don't really try that hard and put mashed potatoes, a sauce and a protein on a plate and call it 'comfort food.'" Sea Salt

Where would you take your parents for their anniversary?

Downtown 140 Three Birds "Lola, Michael (Symon) is my boy."

What's the most underrated spot in town?

Gamekeepers Tavern Players on Madison hje Soupermarket

What's your favorite pizza in town?

"I like my prosciutto pizza" Danny Boy's Chicago style, Hungary Howies's Cajun crust My Place

Favorite spot for brunch?

"I would have said Waters in Hudson but it closed." Borderline Cafe Chez Francois

What's your guilty-pleasure food?

Good, cheap Mexican; Hot Sauce Williams barbecue Glazed doughnuts from Sputnutes, Target's Choxie brand chipolte chocolate bar Dim sum

Where do you buy your groceries for home?

Lakewood Market, Nature's Bin Giant Eagle in Rocky River, Trader Joe's, Mustard Seed Market The West Side Market

What's your favorite drink?

Cold Pacifico beer, without a lime. "Wine. I like it all; I'm a self professed wino." Margaritas at Momocho, the mojito at Fahrenheit, the Beta a Lola

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