Red Rooster in Harlem, author of "Yes, Chef", and formerly the head chef at Aquavit.) It was so out of the blue, and seemed so unlikely, that we initially took it for spam. Seriously... what would you do?!?
So what's a girl to do, but RSVP to the "Secret Lunch" and go? And I am thrilled that I took a chance... it was an incredible experience.
This intimate event was hosted by 3 Scoops, Kitchn Table and Marcus Samuelsson. Chef Wheeler del Torro created the soul food fusion lunch which was lovely.
We had an opportunity to ask questions and then each had a few minutes to chat with him. Of course, when it was my turn I blushed like a school girl and babbled on endlessly when I really wanted to ask him this: how the heck have you been able to do it all*?
*"It" includes pretty impressive things like:
- Arrived in the US at age 22 only to earn the coveted New York Times three-star rating the following year.
- Awarded the Rising Star Chef Award from the James Beard Foundation at 27
- Prepared the first State Dinner for President Obama at 38
- Opened Red Rooster Harlem at 39