Q. Culinary school trained or self-taught?
A. Culinary school – I trained at Le Cordon Bleu.
Q. What is your favorite food from your childhood?
A. Roasted whole chicken my mom would make and the leftovers that followed.
Q. What is the last thing you cooked for yourself?
A. Tacos. I make them at home at least once a week.
Q. What dish would you recommend to someone that has never eaten at Restauration?
A. The Twice Cooked Octopus – it’s a guest favorite too.
Q. Favorite utensil in the kitchen?
A. A wooden spoon. It’s nostalgic for me and has always been around.
Q. Fun fact about yourself?
A. I’m a hip hop nerd. I don’t just love listening to the music, I enjoy learning about the artists and producers.
Q. Five things you can’t live without in the kitchen?
A. Butter, cheese, popcorn, ice cream, coffee.
Q. If you died tomorrow, what dish would you be remembered for?
A. Grilled octopus. It’s one of my favorites to prepare.
Q. What’s your ultimate fantasy meal – what, where and with who (living or dead)?
A. I’d like to go back in time to my grandmother’s house and share peanut brittle with her again.
Q. What are your guilty pleasures?
A. Sour candy. If it’s in sight, it’s mine.
Q. Something in your fridge or freezer that would surprise people?
A. Frozen tamales. They’re quick to heat up after a long night.
Philip lives in the Alamitos Beach neighborhood and enjoys spending time with young daughters Rose (6) and Olive (4).