After a shift what is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat? Sausage pizza.
Did you grow up cooking as a kid? I peeled my first fava bean at 3, cleaned my first squid at 4 and cooked zeppole with my Mom at 5.
What cookbook is your go-to resource for inspiration? Out of the 1,450 cookbooks I cherish, James Beards American Cookery is my constant source; wonderful anecdotes, historical tidbits and delicious inspiration on every page.
Is there one dish you wont cook? Borscht.
All-time favorite spice. Cinnamon.
What is your favorite music to listen to while you cook? The Grateful Dead.
After all these years working in restaurants do you still enjoy going out to eat? I love having others cook for me, anytime, and share the fruits of their beloved labors.
Is there one chef youd like to cook with? Spanish chef Ferran Adri
What is the one tool that you always make sure to pack when youre traveling for business? My 8-inch Wustoff Chefs Knife.
Michael Lomonaco is the chef and owner of New Yorks Porter House Bar and Grill and the chef of Center Bar.
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