Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Douglas Rodriguez

JBF Award winner Douglas Rodriguez


JBF Award Winner Douglas Rodriguez, Alma de Cuba, Philadelphia


What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

Chinese food.


What’s your favorite movie, and why?

Austin Powers, because it makes me laugh.


Describe the last great meal you ate.

Tuna air bread, filled with Caesar salad dressing foam and tuna sashimi, at Makoto Bal Harbor Miami. Just delicious.


What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

Smoked marlin tacos.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Salted cashews with buttered popcorn.


What’s your earliest food memory?

French onion soup.


What do you eat for breakfast?

Good strong coffee.


What’s your favorite healthy food?

Any and all vegetables.

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