San Diego, CA, USAName: David Warner Age: 32 Nationality: American Country of Residence: USA
1. Your Restaurant/Business:
JRDN Restaurant at Tower23 Hotel, San Diego.
2. About Your Kitchen:
Hard working and guest orientated.
3. Your Favorite Chef Works Item:
The A100-BCS English Chef Apron, I like the convenience of being able to wear it up or down.
4. First Job:
Dishwasher at a seafood restaurant in New Jersey, age 14.
5. Your Cookbook:
In development... any publishers out there?
6. Your Awards:
Best Hotel Dining by the California Restaurant Association, San Diego in 2007, 2008, 2009.
7. Your Cooking Inspiration:
Hunger. When you enjoy food as much as I do, you learn quickly.
8. Your Speciality Dish:
Mussels & Chorizo in a tomato, chardonnay and garlic broth.
9. Favorite Dish To Eat:
A big cheese plate that includes Roaring 40's blue and Scharfe Maxx 360.
10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate:
Guinea Pig in Peru... it actually tasted like pork, but it sounds weird.
11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Pistachio with salted pretzels.
12. Favorite Drink:
JRDN's spin on the Negroni - Hendrick's gin, Aperol, Cocchi Americano.
13. Favorite Wine:
Foxen 'Sea Smoke Vineyard' Pinot Noir, Santa Maria, CA
14. Who Would You Most Like To Cook For:
Andy Trousdale, my first culinary instructor.
15. Who Would You Least Like To Cook For:
No one. That said, I would like to convert all vegans to buttered-bacon eaters.
16. Favorite Things To Do When Not Cooking:
Hike and work in my garden.
17. Your Latest Project:
Turning my backyard into a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) bag and then cooking with the harvest. www.localharvest.org/csa/
18. Favorite City and Why:
Madrid. You get churros and hot chocolate for breakfast, and it's acceptable to order a beer with them.
19. Your Greatest Indulgence:
See question 9. I really love cheese.
20. Your All Time Best Culinary Tip:
Taste it before you serve it.