Q&A with Chef Alexandra Sampaio of the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford



Westchester Broadway Theatre
1 Broadway Plz, Elmsford
(914-592-2222; broadwaytheatre.com)

Drink of Choice…Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Coolatta
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Food…pulled-pork sliders
Culinary Hero… My father has taught me everything I know about cooking.
I Never Eat…anything that is still living and wriggling.
Favorite Place to Dine Out…Yama Fuji Sushi in Briarcliff. I can’t get enough of it.
I Hate It When a Diner at My Restaurant…orders an entrée and has about two bites left and sends it back, saying that they didn’t enjoy it and want another one.
I Never Cook with…anything I wouldn’t eat myself.
Favorite TV Show…Hell’s Kitchen. To watch Chef Ramsay put his competitors through some rigorous challenges and see who has the skills cracks me up.
The Toughest or Craziest Part of My Job Is...my children—that is, my employees.
Favorite Pain Reliever…is going to the spa or going for a manicure and pedicure.
Culinary School Can’t Teach…three things: how hectic kitchens are; how to handle the emotional stress; and the financial realities of being the chef. Being a great chef is a career chosen out of love for the craft, not because it’s the easiest or highest-paid career.
My Favorite Movie Is…West Side Story.
My Biggest Superstition Is…Never put your purse on the floor. It scares your money away.