Castle Hotel & Spa
(formerly Castle on the Hudson)
400 Benedict Ave, Tarrytown
Name Five Items in Your Home Refrigerator…Green-tea chocolates [Duty Free shop in the Tokyo airport]; lots of yogurts [for the kids’ lunchboxes]; really good Champagne [obviously]; Diet Coke [boring but true]; and hummus [Sabra—supremely spicy, yum!]
Favorite Cuisine…I haven’t met a food I didn’t like.
Culinary Hero…‘Hero’ is a strong word, but the chef I worked for that influenced me the most is David Bouley.
Last Book Read…Fifty Shades of Grey. Shhh, don’t tell.
On a Day Off, I’d Likely Be…with my boys
Favorite TV Show…Who has time for TV?
Shoes I Wear in the Kitchen Are…Bragard Kitchen Shoes. I haven’t changed the style in 20 years.
The Worst Kitchen Accident Was…I cut my thumb on a band saw while butchering a haunch of venison at Windows on the World. FYI: I still have both my thumbs.
What Does a Kitchen Have to Have for You to Work in It?…A $160,000 Jade Range in a 116-year-old castle.
My Eating Disorder Is…ongoing.
The Most I’ve Paid for a Meal…$650, and I was by myself. It was Joël Robuchon Restaurant in Las Vegas.
Favorite Late-Night Snack…Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia tequila.
My Favorite Cookbook…That is a difficult question considering I own more than 1,000. Jeremiah Tower’s New American Classics was one of the first cookbooks I can remember purchasing and I still reference it from time to time. It is pure and timeless.
My Favorite Website…I don’t think I can answer that—my kids my read this.
Food Trend I Hate the Most…This whole molecular gastronomy thing is getting out of hand.