Franco Console

 

Anna:  Chef, Where did you grow up?

 

Franco:   Rogue Valley

 

Anna:  Did you eat your veggies? ;-)

 

Franco:  Yes always 

 

Anna:  When did you know you wanted to be a chef?

 

Franco:   I have always had a high respect and love for food and when i was about 16 years old i decided to make it into my career by taking weekend culinary classes and participating in high school food competions. 

 

Anna:  Where were you trained and how difficult was your training? 

 

Franco:   Western Culinary Institute, quite extensive 

 

Anna:  Favourite kitchen equipment or gadget? 

 

Franco:    Chinoise, or fine strainer.

 

Anna:   Best piece of advice you would give a home enthusiast?

 

Franco:   Dont be intimadated.  Remember, it's just food.  

 

Anna:   Best cooking tip for a novice just getting into the business? 

 

Franco:   Never get discouraged; be patient and respect the industry and it will treat you well.

 

Anna:   Who in the food world do you most admire?

 

Franco:    Thomas Keller. 

 

Anna:   Favourite foods to cook with? 

 

Franco:   I look at all food with the same amount of respect and love, so i guess all of it.

                            

Anna:   Do you have a favourite  wine?

 

Franco:   Pinot Noir.

 

Anna:   What do you like to eat when you’re at home? 

 

Franco:    Pasta with very simple tomato sauce.

 

Anna:   Are there any foods you just don't  like?

 

Franco:   No.

 

Anna:   Favourite cookbooks?

 

Franco:    French Laundry, Bouchon, Joy of Cooking.

 

Anna:  Where do you see yourself in ten years?

 

Franco:    Hopefully running my own co-op style restaurant. 

 

Anna:  What is going to be the next big thing in the food world?

 

Franco:   You can never tell! 

 

Anna:  What do you do for fun?

 

Franco:    Ride motorcycles, fish, and work out at the gym.

 

Anna:   Where is your favorite place in the  world?

 

Franco:    Calabria, Italy

 

Anna:   What do you most love about your job?

 

Franco:   Being able to be creative and express that through food everyday. 

 

Anna:   If you had just one wish, what  would it be?

 

Franco:   Im happy with the way things are going in life right now and would rather take the journey than make a wish.