Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Grant Achatz

 

JBF Award Winner Grant Achatz, The Aviary, Chicago

 

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

Pizza.

 

What’s your favorite movie, and why

Big Fish. It's a fairy tale and a life lesson.

 

Describe the last great meal you ate.

The French Laundry—need I say more?

 

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Cheese-flavored Pirate's Booty.

 

What’s your earliest food memory?

Making cherry Jell-O.

 

What do you eat for breakfast?

Coffee.

 

What’s your favorite healthy food?

Juices from Peeled, a local juice company.

 

What was your first job in the culinary world?

At my parents’ restaurant.

 

What movie are you ashamed to admit you love?

The Goonies.

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