Q&A with Chef Scott Riesenberger of Hudson at Haymount House in Briarcliff Manor

Hudson at Haymount House
25 Studio Hill Rd, Briarcliff Manor
(914-502-0080; haymount-house-hudson.com)

Dish I Do the Best…Anything with foie gras.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Food…Haribo Gold-Bears gummy bears—in the refrigerator.

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Culinary Hero…Daniel Boulud. Although I never took a position in any of his restaurants, he is the most gracious, consistent, and successful chef.

If Not a Chef, I’d Be a…tennis star.

Last Book Read…Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson—a thrilling read.

I Never Eat…raw cilantro or any wheat product, since I have celiac disease.

Favorite Place to Dine Out …Sushi Seki or Corton, both in Manhattan.

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I Hate It When a Diner…asks me to make something ‘well-done.’ Overcooking something can destroy all the effort put into raising, cooking, and caring for a product.

I Never Cook with…anger. Only positivity in the kitchen.

The Worst Incident That Occurred in the Restaurant Was…a physical fight between a sous chef and a restaurant manager.

The Most I’d Pay for a Meal…One thousand dollars a person to eat at elBulli near Barcelona before it closed.

Most Famous Person I Ever Cooked For…I’ve worked in some of Manhattan’s top restaurants, so there have been many famous people—Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart, Bono.

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Best Thing About Cooking in Westchester Is…the proximity to local farms and ingredients.

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