Hartmut Handke

Culinary Fast-Trac
Columbus, OH

Best Accomplishment: 2003 Bocuse d'Or (highest finish to date of an American chef)
Proudest Moment: Being a member of the 1988 U.S. Culinary Team
Cooking Philosophy: Use good ingredients, don't over handle food, straightforward presentations and great tasting

Best Farmers Market: Portland, OR
Best Kitchen Tool: Saran Wrap
Best Home Cooked Meal: Veal meatballs with caper sauce
Best Dinner Party Menu: Buffalo with foie gras
Best Party Appetizer: My smoked salmon
Best Cheese: Saga (double-cream blue)

Best Restaurant, Period: Everest - Chicago, IL
Best Breakfast/Brunch: SPAGIO - Columbus, OH
Best Pizza: Donatos
Best Cheap Eat: KFC
Best Ethnic: Kihachi Japanese Restaurant - Columbus, OH

Best Wine Under $15: Calistoga Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
Best Beer: Radeberger Pilsener
Best Coffee/Tea: Seattle's Best
Best Cocktail: Champagne

Best Song: Anything by Johnny Cash
Best Movie: The Symphony

Chef photo courtesy of SPAGIO.

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