Chef Profiles 3
Yann | Paulo | Bernabe
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Title: Pastry Chef/Owner
Restaurant: Parker-Lusseau Pastries
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Prior Stints: Gotham Bar and Grill (NY), Casanova, and Paradiso.
What’s In Your Fridge? Whole milk—no frou-frou stuff.
Favorite Local Foodstuffs: Artichokes, sardines and strawberries.
Favorite Place To Shop: Whole Foods and Monterey’s farmers market.
Favorite Dessert: Espresso Eclairs. I haven’t found one I like in the States yet.
Favorite Childhood Dish: My mom made wonderful rice puddings and tapioca.
Last Book Read: I’m not much of a reader.
Chef You Would Most Like To Spend A Night With (In The Kitchen): My wife. We used to work the same shift together and we make a really good team.
Last Vacation: We got back from Tahoe a few days ago. I took a class and learned how to snowboard in two hours. We stopped in Napa en route home and I had the best steak and French fries I’ve had in the States at Bouchon—it was just like being at home.
Favorite Way To Unwind: I have a four year old.
Three Biggest Influences: My parents, my wife, and Chef Didier at Casanova.
KAUTZ SYLVIA MEDINA
Restaurant: Café Rustica
Marital Status: Married
Zodiac Sign: She: Virgo; He: Taurus
Prior Stints: Owned Taste in Salinas.
What’s In Your Fridge? Cheeses, juices, vitamins, organic eggs, organic lettuce, veggies, fruit and sliced meat.
Favorite Local Foodstuffs: Artichokes, salad greens and wine.
Favorite Local Restaurant to take out-of-towners: Roy’s
Favorite Local Restaurant (Budget): Shogun.
Favorite Wineries: Chateau Christine and Talbott
Perfect Meal: She: A medium/rare filet sautéed with wild mushrooms and a balsamic reduction with Café Rustica’s butter lettuce salad and vinaigrette; He: A piece of fresh fish, seafood or sushi.
Favorite Childhood Dish: She: Mexican Food; He: Goulash.
Can’t-Live-Without Kitchen Gadget: She: A good knife; He: Cookie and pastry molds.
Last Movie Seen: Last night—Coach Carter.
Favorite Green Vegetable: She: Zucchini and green beans; He: Asparagus.
Chef You Would Most Like To Spend A Night With (In The Kitchen): She: Paolo; He: Sylvia.
Community Involvement: National Charity League (NCL), Kidney Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes, SPCA, Hospice, and Meals on Wheels.
Last Vacation: Germany to visit Paolo’s family.
Three Biggest Influences: She: Paolo, Michael Chiarello of Tra Vigne and Jacques Pepin. He: Paul Bacouse, Jacques Pepin, and Madeline Kammen.
Restaurant: Highlands Inn
Marital Status: Married
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Prior Stints: Worked in the fields of Gilroy picking strawberries.
What’s In Your Fridge? Salsa, Mexican cheese, tortillas and meat.
Favorite Local Foodstuffs: Strawberries, seafood and artichokes.
Favorite Place To Shop: Whole Foods and the farmers market in Monterey, when I have the day off.
Favorite Wine: For value: Albert Boxler Pinot Blanc (Alsace) or Termes-Numanthia (Toro, Spain). Anything from Domaine Ramonet for a big-ticket bottle.
Favorite Childhood Dish: Cactus with pork strips and tomatillo salsa.
Perfect Meal: Sushi. Raw fish—not rolls.
Favorite Restaurant For Big Night On The Town: For a relaxing evening, I enjoy Monterey Fish House. For great cooking—Bouchée.
Favorite Local Restaurant (Budget): La Villa Taqueria.
Last Movie Seen: Coach Carter, but I wish I had the time to see Sideways.
Community Involvement: We sponsor several charity events at the hotel throughout the year.
Last Vacation: Burgundy, France last November.
Favorite Way To Unwind: Watch movies, stay home and eat.
Three Biggest Influences: Mark Jensen, the wine director at Bernardus Lodge, my father and Kent Torrey of the Cheese Shop.