Pawan Mahendro (Badmaash)
The last I had a meal at the restaurant was last night. I had the badass chicken tikka and a naan bread, a little bit of lentils, and a yogurt raita. It was pretty good, very refreshing. I had a long day yesterday, and coincidentally, I didn’t eat any lunch.
Jeff Mahin (Stella Barra Pizzeria)
Two nights ago, I ate at Stella Barra in Chicago, on the patio. It was at closing, we had other chefs who came. It was amazing. I’m trying to be hyper-critical. It’s always weird eating in your own restaurants, but I had such a good time, especially on the patio. It had just finished raining, so we were the only table, but it was awesome.
It was in Dallas [at Pakpao] a few months ago. It’s a new part of that restaurant group, so I found some issues and fixed them. You’re always your own worst critic.
I eat in my restaurants all the time, lunch, dinner, brunch. It’s a good way of testing the food. It’s a good way to see if procedure’s kept. It’s a great way to experience the restaurant. You know why? Because I didn’t cook. Somebody else cooked for me, and that is very good.