Q&A with Chef Scott Riesenberger of Hudson at Haymount House in Briarcliff Manor



Hudson at Haymount House
25 Studio Hill Rd, Briarcliff Manor
(914-502-0080; haymount-house-hudson.com)

Dish I Do the Best…Anything with foie gras.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Food…Haribo Gold-Bears gummy bears—in the refrigerator.

Culinary Hero…Daniel Boulud. Although I never took a position in any of his restaurants, he is the most gracious, consistent, and successful chef.

If Not a Chef, I’d Be a…tennis star.

Last Book Read…Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson—a thrilling read.

I Never Eat...raw cilantro or any wheat product, since I have celiac disease.

Favorite Place to Dine Out …Sushi Seki or Corton, both in Manhattan.

I Hate It When a Diner...asks me to make something ‘well-done.’ Overcooking something can destroy all the effort put into raising, cooking, and caring for a product.

I Never Cook with…anger. Only positivity in the kitchen.

The Worst Incident That Occurred in the Restaurant Was…a physical fight between a sous chef and a restaurant manager.

The Most I’d Pay for a Meal…One thousand dollars a person to eat at elBulli near Barcelona before it closed.

Most Famous Person I Ever Cooked For…I’ve worked in some of Manhattan’s top restaurants, so there have been many famous people—Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart, Bono.

Best Thing About Cooking in Westchester Is…the proximity to local farms and ingredients.

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