Credit: Katrina Tulloch

Credit: Katrina Tulloch

Jake

  • Biggest influence: My parents, for teaching and encouraging me to cook. 
  • Favorite chain restaurant: Chik-fil-A, hold the politics.
  • Most underrated ingredient: Black garlic or MSG. I always keep both on hand.
  • Most overrated ingredient:  Ranch dressing. Blue cheese is vastly superior.
  • Biggest food/baking travesty: Mushy pasta.
  • Favorite breakfast: Biscuits and sausage gravy or a large fretta with mozzarella cheese.
  • How do you like your eggs? Over easy.
  • Favorite Upstate New York food item: Pastabilities Hot Tom Oil or Chiavetta's chicken marinade.
  • Favorite pizza topping: Mushrooms and crispy pepperoni.
  • Favorite childhood dinner: Grandma Smith's Macaroni and Cheese.
  • Favorite Upstate New York beer: Right now, it's Eirinn Go Brunch by Willow Rock Brewing Company.
  • Genny or Utica Club? Utica Club. Though I am fond of Genny 12 Horse and Bock.
  • Favorite cookbook: The New Best Recipe by Cooks Illustrated.
  • Snappy Griller, Coney or white hot? Coney.
  • Favorite Upstate NY destination: Finger Lakes.