A. I went to our very own Long Beach City College Culinary Arts Program!
Q. What is your favorite food from your childhood?
A. I was pretty simple… I loved fried chicken.
Q. What dish would you recommend to someone that has never eaten at The Federal Bar?
A. I would recommend my “Monte Cristo”. It’s a burger of epic proportions, breakfast & dinner together in perfect harmony!
Q. Favorite knife and why?
A. I adore the butcher knife, but what says “Chef” like a Chef’s knife. In my case, my blade; it’s the weapon I carry to battle in the kitchen! I even have it tattooed across my arm.
Q. Ultimate fantasy meal – what, where and with who (living or dead)?
A. With Julia Child, in Paris, overlooking the Eiffel tower, in a small café, drinking coffee and having a bowl of her Boeuf Bourguignon (French beef burgundy) talking about my new restaurant concepts.
Q. Fun fact about yourself?
A. I quit drinking for two years just to see how long I can go. That’s how mentally strong I put myself through.
Q. Something in your fridge or freezer that would surprise people?
A. TV Dinners (I live with two nephews and a little niece).
Q. What are your guilty pleasures?
A. Oh man. Plenty… many! But let’s keep this just food! Chinese roast duck, I can actually eat the whole duck in one sitting!
Q. What do you like to do outside of work?
A. Basketball. I love getting my games in with the guys, the teamwork reminds me of the kitchen sometimes. I also love movies. I’m a movie freak – I have movies like books in a library. If I wasn’t a chef, for sure I would’ve been a movie director.
Q. What’s on your Bucket List?
A. One day to visit the motherland, Cambodia and Thailand.
Chef “T” lives in Long Beach with his sister and her three kids, and his parents are also part of the household. “It gets crazy at times, but it doesn’t bother me, because I love them.”