HalloWine Down Wednesday: Insights from Chef Phill
Q. What’s your earliest food memory?
CP: My grandma’s stewed apples with cinnamon.
Q. Who has influenced your cooking the most?
CP: Kevin Gambino. He’s a badass chef from NOLA I worked under for a year. Taught me a lot versatility.
Q. What’s your favorite go-to ingredient?
CP: Potatoes …or sweet potatoes.
Q. What are some of your signature dishes?
CP: Breakfast, pan fried chicken, salmon with collards and red onions. Also anything with pasta.
Q. What did you choose to make for Wine Down Wednesday?
CP: I have a whole meal planned. The appetizer will be Heart of Palm Salad, the entree will be Vegan Lasagna, and for dessert a Spicy Brownie.
Q. What was the inspiration for the dish?
CP: The Heart of Palm was inspired by working with Kevin Gambino, and the vinaigrette I’ve come up with recently. The lasagna, well, I love pasta so lasagna was an easy choice. Lastly the spicy brownie just came me and I’m excited to make it.
Q. If you could cook a meal with anyone, who would it be?
CP: Francis Mallman, his style of cooking with fire tribal methods. I would enjoy being a student of his.
Q. Dumbest thing you’ve ever done with food or in a kitchen?
CP: I hurt myself once a week. Whether it’s a nick, burn, dropping something… it’s just always something.
Q. Is there an ingredient you use a lot that would surprise people?
CP: Fish sauce in non-asian cuisines because of how it neutralizes the tones of certain ingredients. I find it interesting.
Q. What would we find in your kitchen at home?
CP: Tons of onions, potatoes and fruit. Also spices and fresh herbs from my yard.
Q. Most memorable meal?
CP: Anything cooked in a skillet while camping.
Q. What food is your guilty pleasure?
CP: All the sweets. I have a huge sweet tooth!
Q. What’s your last meal on earth, if you had the chance to choose?
CP: Well cooked seafood. A mixed entree of salmon, crab and lobster. Also for dessert I’d like a blackberry cobbler.
You can enjoy Chef Phil’s 3 course vegan menu on Wednesday, October 31st for a very special Wine Down Wednesday!