This Month's MagazineDining and SpiritsArts and EntertainmentTravel and LeisureHome and Real EstateHealth and WellnessShopping & FashionEvents and PicsElegant Wedding Magazine

Bookmark and share

Issue Date: February 2014


Single in the City: Adam Bostwick

Adam Bostwick, 30, Executive chef and co-owner of Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen

Hidden talent: I'm pretty good at art. I'm good at drawing, and things along those lines when I get time.

Biggest fear: Honestly, it's losing family. I'm very family-oriented.

My bad habit: I bite my nails.

My guilty pleasure: Those Little Debbie seasonal cakes. Sometimes they're hearts, sometimes they're Christmas trees.

You'd never guess: I don't really hide much from people. There's not much people don't know about me.

I can't live without: I would say family. I'm crazy about my family — it comes before anything for me. All my best friends are my cousins.

My hero: My mom. She keeps everybody in my family together. We go through a lot, and I look up to her more than anybody.

On my bucket list: I want to go to the Price is Right. And just kind of travel more. Being a chef and a restaurant person, there are so many different foods and different things like that out there. I just want to experience it all and try different cuisines and different styles and see how other places do it.

Biggest accomplishment: Opening my restaurant. When I was a little kid, I used to play with pots and pans and throw Legos and crayons into them and pretend I was cooking. ... I would talk about how I wanted to open up a restaurant. My goal in life was to own one by the age of 30 and I did it when I was 29, so that was pretty awesome for me.

When I'm not working: I'm a huge Cleveland sports fan. I have season tickets for the Browns. I try to go to as many Indians and Cavs games as often as I can.

Find me here on a Saturday night: In my restaurant. When I'm in the restaurant, I'm always cooking. I'm on the line with my guys.

If I had one wish: I just want to be successful and I want everybody who's involved with my business to be successful. I want to own a couple more restaurants down the road and just keep going with the success we're having and just let it grow. I don't want to be a millionaire, not that I don't aspire to be, but I don't need money to be happy.

Once-in-a-lifetime moment: It comes back to the restaurant for me. The way everything kind of fell into place was almost like a perfect storm.

On death row, my last meal would be: I eat peanut butter and jelly all the time, so I would probably want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And then, probably my mom's chicken paprikash.

If I won the Mega Millions, I'd spend it on: I'd pay off the house. I would probably do the same for the people in my family, and then I'd probably open up another restaurant.

My No. 1 dating rule: I hate when people are on their phones too much. If the company is not good enough for you to be talking to me or having a good time and you have to be on your phone, then obviously there's something wrong.

Deal-breakers: When you go somewhere and ... the waiter comes, and they don't make eye contact and treat them more as a servant than a server — that kind of stuff.

The perfect date: Eating in a nice restaurant and just enjoying each other's company to the point where it doesn't feel like you're actually on a date — it just feels like you're there with somebody that's a friend.

I'm a sucker for: Corny, cheesy movies and comedies.

Most romantic thing you've ever done: I got somebody off of work to go out on a date with me.

What I look for in a significant other: Somebody that's family-oriented, and likes to have fun and laugh. Someone whose not afraid to be themselves, cares about the right things in life and isn't shallow.

Celebrity dream date: I've always had a crush on Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Celebrity look-alike: I get told all the time that I look like Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Dogs or cats: Dogs.

Beach or mountains: Mountains.

Signature dish: Reuben Ribs. I corn and brine them to taste like corned beef, and then I make a slaw with all the ingredients that would be in a Thousand Island dressing, and then we finish with rye salt and Gruyere cheese. When you put it all together, it's like eating a Reuben sandwich.

How I stay healthy: I'm constantly dealing with food, so I have the conscious effort in front of me to control what I'm eating a little bit better. I cook for myself and I control what I eat mainly through where I am all day long.

Favorite ... love story: Probably my parents. In an age where sometimes marriages don't last long, my parents knew each other since they were in high school. I want what they have. ... book: I've never been a big reader because I don't have a ton of time to read, but I'm a huge cookbook fan. ... TV show: The Wire. I watch that series over and over again. ... movie: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. ... blog: I follow Bite Buff. She's a local foodie that goes to a lot of local restaurants around here and tries a bunch of stuff. I know her personally ... [and] I like when somebody I know isn't afraid to be brutally honest with everybody, including me. ... music: My favorite band is 311. ... restaurant: I'm a huge fan of Nino's Italian Restaurant in North Ridgeville. ... app: CBS Sports, because I'm into fantasy football.

What I'm reading: Tartine by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson.

iPod embarrassment: I have a couple of Miley Cyrus songs, and we were just listening to the Spice Girls in the kitchen the other day.

I'm so over: People talking about the return of LeBron.

Dream job: I currently have it. I think I'm lucky to be 30 years old and be doing my dream job.

Dream vacation: Going to Italy. I want to go there and just experience the food and the culture.

Best date I've been on: We went out, got some food in Tremont and just hung out and clicked. It was really simple and the right place, right time. We had a really good dinner and really good conversation, and after that we went back and just hung out in the neighborhood.

Worst date I've been on: I went on one where we barely even made it through dinner. We were talking about really simple things, and it came down to one of those situations where I went to pay the bill and they saw how much I was writing in for the tip, and they were questioning me on why I would give that much. We knew immediately it was kind of not worth it.


Comments. All comments must be approved by our editorial staff.
 
Choose an identity
Other Anonymous
 
Name 
Website 
All of these fields are optional.
CAPTCHA Validation
Retype the code from the picture
CAPTCHA Code Image
Speak the code Change the code
 


Home | Subscribe | Archives | Advertise | Newsstands | Contact Us | Jobs | Legal
© Cleveland Magazine 2014 | P: (216) 771-2833 | F: (216) 781-6318 | 1422 Euclid Ave. Suite 730 Cleveland, Ohio 44115
This site is a member of the City & Regional Magazine Association