Chef Q&A: Wulfredo Boconsaca

We sat down with the chef of Augie’s Prime Cut Restaurant & Bar in Mohegan Lake to learn his culinary hero, favorite guilty pleasure, and strangest request from a diner.

Wulfredo Boconsaca
Augie’s Prime Cut Restaurant & Bar
3436 Lexington Ave, Mohegan Lake


Drink of Choice…Coconut water. 

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Favorite Guilty Pleasure Food…Warm, soft Toll House cookies covered in Nutella and ice-cold milk.

Culinary Hero…Jose Garces because he is Ecuadorian-American like me and a successful chef. He is an Iron Chef and beat the master, Bobby Flay, in 2008.

If Not a Chef, I’d Be an…astronaut.

Favorite Kitchen Utensil…The band saw. At Augie’s, we cut all of our own meat; nothing is pre-cut.

Last Book Read…I am working my way through the American classics; I just finished Cannery Row by Steinbeck.

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I Never Eat…I can’t admit this to my kids, but I hate green beans.

Favorite TV Show…Chopped because there are such different types of chefs and I can pick up creative ideas from the varying styles.

I Hate It When You’re Dining at a Restaurant and…you can tell that the food has been sitting under the heat lamp because the chef didn’t correctly time his/her meal.

What Waiters Should Never Do…Forget that dining out is an experience and fail to treat the customer like it is one.

The Strangest Request From a Diner…We have a repeat customer who orders the Caesar salad but doesn’t want croutons and substitutes Caesar dressing with ranch dressing.

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Favorite Form of Exercise…Playing soccer with my kids.

My Eating Disorder Is…In my spare time, I love to experiment with baking, so my disorder is trying everything I bake.
Favorite Pain Reliever…Sleep. 

My Favorite Website…I like blogs that share creative recipes from chefs around the world. My recent favorite is

My Dream Project Is…opening a cooking school in my hometown in Ecuador to teach younger people that anything is possible.

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