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.