Chef Thomas Ray Drahos

Dec 4, '12

Paso Robles, CA, USA

Name: Thomas Ray Drahos Age: 24 Nationality: American Country of Residence: USA
1. Your Restaurant/Business:
Fenomenal Restaurant in Paso Robles, California
2. About Your Kitchen:
Clean, organized and passionate.
3. Your Favorite Chef Works Item:
The JLCL jackets in gray and black; they are lightweight and long-lasting.
4. First Job:
Dishwasher at Joe's Place in Paso Robles, California
5. Your Favorite Cookbook:
A Day at El Bulli Rosés Spain by Ferran Adria
6. Your Awards:
Second Place in the National Honey Competition; First Place in a mac and cheese contest; Second Place in Gluten-free Dairy Idlers Chef Competition
7. Your Cooking Inspiration:
My family because there is nothing more inspirational than a good home cooked meal with the people you love.
8. Your Speciality Dish:
Miso glazed pork belly, braised baby bock choy, shiitake mushrooms, and black pepper gastrique
9. Favorite Dish To Eat:
Pho - a Vietnamese breakfast soup: beef broth, rice noodles, thinly sliced steak, and a big pile of fresh basil, bean sprouts, jalapenos, and cilantro. It is always served with hoisin, oyster and Sriracha sauce.
10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate:
Pault. It's a Swedish dish that my wife's family makes: a potato and liver dumpling that has a chunk of salt pork cooked in side of it, only served with salted butter and a glass of milk.
11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
12. Favorite Drink:
Thai iced tea
13. Favorite Wine:
Gaja Promis 2009
14. Who Would You Most Like To Cook For:
Ferran Adria
15. Who Would You Least Like To Cook For:
There isn't anyone I wouldn't cook for. I love to cook for any who will enjoy my passion.
16. Favorite Things To Do When Not Cooking:
Snowboarding, reading, and research

17. Your Latest Project:
Project Hope and Fairness Fair Trade Chocolate
18. Favorite City and Why:
Rosés, Spain because it is the food hub of the world.
19. Your Greatest Indulgence:
My greatest indulgence is yet to come to me.
20. Your All Time Best Culinary Tip:
Open your mind to anything.