Coffee with The Chef Joseph Mortelliti

On the Way Café
34 Ridgeland Ter, Rye

Dish I Do Best… Osso buco with creamy polenta and a gremolata topping.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Food… Southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and coleslaw.
Culinary Hero… I have two culinary heroes: my mother and my chef instructor at Butter in Manhattan, Executive Chef Alex Guarnaschelli.
If Not a Chef, I’d Be a… I would still be at my old job in White Plains, at Infinite Media, doing sales.
Last Book Read… I’m reading a book now called The Escoffier Cookbook and Guide to the Fine Art of Cookery: For Connoisseurs, Chefs, Epicures. It has close to three thousand recipes. A great guide to the art of classic French cuisine.
On a Day Off, I’d Likely Be… playing golf.
I Never Eat… Spam.
Favorite Place to Dine Out… Baang Cafe in Greenwich, Connecticut.
I Hate It When a Diner at My Restaurant… orders lunch at breakfast or breakfast at lunch.
I Never Cook With… lard.
What Waiters Should Never Do… Suggest something that’s not on the menu.
My Favorite Cookbook… The Taste of France by Robert Freson.
My Favorite Website…
My Favorite Music Group… Pink Floyd.

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