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?
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.