A Vibrant Dance of Flavors
Chef Chris Schlesinger talks about his voyage from fancy to flavorful. He found himself more interested in the cuisines of his immigrant co-workers than the haute cuisine of the restaurants where he cooked in his youth. In the bold flavors of Southeast Asia and South America, he found his calling.
He explains how contrasting and balancing heat, sweet, sour, spicy, and aromatic is the cornerstone of his culinary approach. Chef Schlesinger discusses some key notes in balancing these flavors and adding accents.
And, of course, he gets into some of the basic lore of the super-hot peppers he uses in his legendary Hell Night.
Chris Schlesinger is the chef and co-owner of the East Coast Grill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the menu can be characterized by "bright flavors, super-fresh seafood, live fire, and BBQ."