Chef Q&A: Burrata Wood Fired Pizza’s Chas Anderson

The Eastchester chef has cooked for the founder of modern Italian cuisine, so you can take his culinary skills to the bank.



Chas Anderson

Burrata Wood Fired Pizza
425 White Plains Rd, Eastchester
(914-337-3700; burratapizza.com)

The Best Pizza (not counting Burrata’s) I’ve Had Is…the Margherita from [San Francisco’s] Una Pizza Napoletana when it was in New York. Owner Anthony Mangieri was one of the first to start this pizza obsession that I live for.

Favorite Kitchen Utensil…I know it’s not a kitchen utensil, but my Stefano Ferrara wood-fired oven.

On a Day Off, I’d Likely Be…As any restaurant owner knows, there is no such thing as a day off.

I Never Eat...foie gras. I just can’t get it down.

What Diners Don’t Know but Should…Never sacrifice quality for cost. High-quality ingredients are priceless.

What Waiters Should Never Do…Chew gum—it drives me crazy.

Favorite Form of Exercise…This question is reminding me that I have to join the gym again.

What Does a Kitchen Have to Have For You to Work in It?...Fire and water.

Culinary School Can’t Teach…300 covers in a 45-seat restaurant.

Food Trend I Hate the Most…Molecular gastronomy. I think food should be treated with respect and with a simple approach.

My Favorite Movie Is…A Good Year [a 2006 British romantic comedy directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe]

Most Famous Person I Ever Cooked For…Chef Gualtiero Marchesi, the founder of modern Italian cuisine.

Best Thing about Cooking in Westchester…Getting home before 2 am.

 


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