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Relais & Châteaux Chef

Melissa Rodriguez

Chef - Relais & Châteaux

Melissa Rodriguez
Del Posto
Member Relais & Châteaux from 2012
85 10th Avenue
10011 New York
United States

RESTAURANT

Del Posto

164-194 USD s.n.i.



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Terminology : t. = tax - s.n.i = services not included - s.i = services included


Story of a Chef

How did you become a Chef ?

I started cooking for a few reasons. Partly because I was a really picky eater, but also my mother worked full-time. Cooking became a hobby and a friend had encouraged me to work in a restaurant.

How would you define your cuisine ?

Regionally driven, delicious and elegant.

What are your favorites products and criteria for choosing ?

I like ingredients that speak to Italian cuisine and tradition; whether they are products used in the US or Italy. I love buying olive oils from different regions and finding the best representation in that region.

What is your signature ?

I focus on delicious and thoughtful. I like to make food that is characterized by thoughtful execution with a delicious outcome.

What professions surround you and what would you like to pass on to them ?

Mentoring is 99% my job and incredibly important to me. I work very closely with my team; including them in creative and cultural development in my kitchen. I want them to participate, I want everyone to understand their strengths and weaknesses and the benefits of working as a team.

Do you have a Chef’s tip for Sunday cooking ?

I love roasting a chicken at home. Start the temperature high and then low and slow. Just salt and pepper, herbs and butter and cook over carrots and potatoes. I also love going to a friend or family’s home and making a surprise meal out of whatever is in their fridge.

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