Bushwick: Private chef on trendy neighborhood restaurants

Bushwick: Private chef on trendy neighborhood restaurants


(Knock, knock) – Hey! Welcome!
– Hey! – I was just getting the house ready for you. WHAT. IS. THIS. THING?! – Oh, it’s a little smudging stick, it’s
just something I’ve started getting into. – SO?
– You kind of clear the energy.. In the house. – All right! So that was necessary before
we came? Yes! – It’s on a rainy day so, you know, feeling
a little grey. – Is that something you see a lot of people
do in this neighborhood? – I don’t think it’s specific to this neighborhood,
but it’s a little bit new, or.. – Yeah. yeah, yeah. So, if you were to describe
people living in this neighborhood with one sentence, what would that be? – Latinos, mostly.
– Oh, really? – Yeah.
– Yeah? What’s the best thing about this neighborhood? – The best thing about this neighborhood
is it’s usually pretty quiet. – Yeah. Ehmm.. What do you do for a living? – I work as a private chef, I have a catering
company called Cheeky Chef, so doing little dinners in people’s homes. – Riiight! So do you have… anything that
you can showcase from your foodie? (?!) – Ha-ha, I’m having a dinner party tonight
so I made this focaccia bread earlier today. – OK! Is that your signature dish?
– It’s not but it’s just, you know, something nice to have at the house. – What would you say is your s-, like,
the best dish you can ever do? – I cook a lot of seafood, I make handmade
pastas, it’s like.. It’s my specialty. – And if New York was a dish, what would
it be? – If New York was a dish it would be pizza! – Why?
– A slice! Just a slice. – Why?
– Uhm, it’s kind of like, the local… Thing you eat on the street. – Right, right.
– Yeah. – Uuh. Now I wanna know, what do you wear
for work? – What I wear for work, I usually wear a
dress. – Yeaah?
– These boots, and a chef coat on top, a little different than a restaurant chef. – Why do you have the boots on every time,
is that some.. Something that gives you good positive energy, or..? – Ha-ha-ha, it’s all about the energy! No, I usually wear these just ‘cos they’re
pretty comfortable, and then this, like, just a regular chef coat on top. – Oh, yeah, then you get very, like, professional..
– A little more.. Half and half. – Yeah, yeah, yeah. Uhhhmm. Can you tell me, you’re not a New Yorker until,
eeeh, you have tried to…? – Bargain with people. – He-he-he. I guess you have tried that. How do you do
that in the best way? – You have to be friendly and act like you
know, you know exactly what you’re going to get. – OK, right. How do you fake you’re a New
Yorker? – Fake you’re a New Yorker? Walk fast! – Ok, so you need to have speed. Uh, oh, eeh. How well-stocked is your fridge? – My fridge! It’s kind of funny. I cook
for a living but I have no food. So it’s pretty empty, actually. – No?
– Ha-ha, sorry! – Aren’t you a little bit embarrassed about that? – I’m not! I’m not, ha-ha! – Because you go out to eat?
– I go out or I eat, uh, you know.. I have friends over to eat. – All right. Then, I guess you know 3 good
restaurants around this neighborhood you can recommend? – Yeah. 3 good restaurants in Bushwick
are… Faro. – All right?
– They make awesome handmade pasta. – Yeah?
– Bunna. It’s a Ethiopian place. And then you can really nice Pupusas in the
afternoon just on the corner of Maria Hernandez Park. – Oh! Nice! I’ll try them out!
– Yeah. – When is it OK not to tip on a New York
restaurant? – Only if that’s the policy they have but.. Americans are used to tipping all the time.
– Ok, so we should. And how much should you tip if you’re satisfied? – 20 percent.
– That’s a lot? OK. – Yeah, it’s a lot. Europeans don’t get it. – We have to go! – OK, it’s over! See you!
– But, on our way, why do you love New York? – Why I love New York, there’s always something
to do. – YES!
– And you meet crazy people like this. Ha-ha! – He-he. Bye, bye!

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