Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Gavin Kaysen

JBF Award winner Gavin Kaysen


JBF Award Winner Gavin Kaysen, Café Boulud, NYC


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



What’s your favorite movie, and why?

Rudy. I love the never-give-up attitude, and when it’s a true story it makes the movie that much more worth watching.


Describe the last great meal you ate.

I was in Lyon for the Bocuse d’Or this past winter and went to Daniel Boulud’s parents’ house for a visit. It turned into a four- hour lunch with his father’s housemade head cheese, sausages, bread, and a roasted leg of lamb his mom made. We enjoyed a bottle of wine and finished the afternoon off with homemade limoncello. It reminded me why I got into this industry in the first place.


What’s your earliest food memory?

Making Christmas cookies with my grandmother at the age of seven. I still use the same roller for the cookies that I make with my... Read more >

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Recipe: Chilled Corn Soup with Scallion Toasts and Smoked Salmon

Chilled Corn Soup with Scallion Toasts and Smoked Salmon We like the choose-your-own-adventure spirit of this soup from JBF Award Winner Gavin Kaysen. We’re sharing his scallion toast–topped version, but the chef notes that sweet seafood, like lobster or crab, is another natural match. You can also garnish the soup with a cluster of sevruga or golden osetra caviar if you’re feeling fancy. Even on its own, the creamy corn base tastes wonderful.

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