Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ask a Chef: Hiro Sone

This week we bring you the second installment in our "Ask A Chef" series. This time Hiro Sone of Ame in San Francisco and Terra in St. Helena was kind enough to answer our questions via email. Although we've never had the opportunity to eat at Terra, we have eaten at Ame and absolutely loved it. The food was inventive and terrific and the decor is sparse but stunning. Here's the Q&A:

What's your favorite kitchen tool?

My hands.

What's your favorite cookbook?

Currently, Au Pied de Cochon.

What chef do you most admire?

Martin Picard

What's your favorite dish that your mom makes/made?


What's your food philosophy (in a sentence or two)?

Treat ingredients and food in the way you would like to be treated.

What's your favorite dish to cook at home?

Fried chicken.

What do you think is the best food city?

San Francisco

What's your favorite kitchen trick/tip?

Take it slow…just relax and cook.

What's your favorite (non-cook) book?

Currently, salt.

If you were not a chef, what would you be?


What do you view as the most challenging ingredient to work with?

All of them.

Do you have any new projects in the works?


Ninja or Pirate?



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