On one of the hottest days of the summer, Andrew finds himself in a slump but old friend Bill Telepan, chef of Oceana restaurant in midtown Manhattan, pulls him out of it. The two of them, who collaborated on Bill’s cookbook Inspired by Ingredients, discuss the trajectory of Bill’s career from the kitchens of such restaurants as Gotham Bar and Grill and Le Bernardin to his own restaurants such as the eponymous Telepan, and his transition to seafood at Oceana. They get into his goals for the restaurant, the usefulness and complications of terms like “farm to table,” and the different ways for chefs to find fulfillment in today’s overcrowded field.
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