Check out our first guest on C&S!
We spend a lot of time thinking of recipes and images to share with you on this blog, and sharing food, even if just virtually, is in effect the backbone not only of this blog, but the notion of food in general.
With that in mind, Cookin’ and Shootin’ will start introducing you to the chefs, creatives, and food lovers that inspire us (and sometimes, feed us!).
We start what will hopefully begin a delicious series with Dean Sheremet, fellow FCI graduate (ahem, we both graduated top of the class – just saying), Nobu and Jean-Georges alum, culinary TV presenter, and pal. This end-of-summer biyaldi, layered with vegetables, is a warm, deeply flavored, and robust dish that will bridge the gap between the seasons.
The recipe follows, as do details on where you can find Dean on social media, so be sure to add him to your list of people to follow. Lastly, a little Q&A, based on the ever-entertaining Proust questionnaire.
Cooking background: French Culinary Institute class of 2010, Nobu, Jean-Georges
Currently: TV projects, writing, recipe developing
What is your idea of perfect happiness, were it food? Any meal shared with friends.
What is your greatest food fear? (Insert flashback) Not having mise ready at service.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself as a chef? In the heat of service, I can be very stringent.
What is the trait you most deplore in fellow cooks? Laziness and lack of accountability.
What is your greatest food extravagance? The time I went to the French Laundry, and I wanted to experience everything. I couldn’t turn down the bread, and 21 courses later, I literally felt like I was going to throw up.
What is your favorite food journey? I’m still on it.
On what occasion do you lie in the kitchen? I sometimes gloss over ingredients that I put in food that they may not eat. (Apologies to my vegetarian friends – read: duck fat).
What do you dislike most in a food’s appearance? I hate dead herbs on a plate. Or herbs on the rim of a plate. Actually, just any misguided herbs.
Which living chef do you despise the most? It’s more a quality than a person: Egotism.
What is your greatest food regret? Sending out overcooked salmon. Sorry, table 56.
What or who is the greatest culinary love of your life? Doing prep – it’s when I feel at peace.
When and where were you happiest cooking? Cooking on the line at JG, at a really high level, and cooking without fear.
What is the cooking talent you would most like to have? Patience.
What is your current state of mind? Restless.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I have a hard time letting go.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? I’d have my grandmother back on this earth.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Work ethic.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Working brunch.
What is the quality you most like in a man? Trustworthiness.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Wit.
What do you most value in your friends? Knowing they have my back no matter what.
Favorite hero of fiction? Sherlock Holmes.
Who are your heroes in real life? My grandmother.
What is it that you most dislike? Ignorance.
How would you like to die? Happy.
What is your motto? Memento mori.