New York City Chefs Talk Turkey About Turkey Day: Josh Capon, Missy Robbins, Michael White, and More...
SliceofChic/Flickr It's almost Turkey Day! How are you going to celebrate?
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Hopefully by now the turkey has been purchased and the pie crusts have been made. After all, this is the one time of year when everyone in America dons their chef whites. But how do bona fide chefs celebrate the holiday? We checked in with some of New York City's top chefs to learn how they'll be celebrating Turkey Day 2011.
What are you doing for Thanksgiving?
I do an annual feast at my sister's place in New Jersey. Last year, we were up to 68 people, 1,000 chicken lollipops, and nine fried turkeys, and it was way too much for me. This year I told her the max is 25 people.
What are you thankful for this year?
My beautiful wife, two gorgeous, happy, and healthy kids, and two restaurants with amazing staff that truly are my extended family.
Who does the cooking at your Thanksgiving?
Who do you think? It's definitely my time to shine, and I love it. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. No religious boundaries; everyone celebrates Thanksgiving! We started a tradition of deep frying turkeys about eight years ago and never looked back. Took some time to perfect it, but we got it down pat!
Do you have any unique Thanksgiving traditions or funny memories from Thanksgivings past?
As far as traditions, since we started the deep-frying thing, we usually start super early. We set up in the garage and start deep-frying batches of chicken lollipops at noon along with chili with all the fixings. [It's] definitely a sight to see. Everyone from the neighborhood comes by for some lollipops and chili early on. We call it the pre-game!
Thanksgiving midnight snacking: yes or no?
Hell no! I am usually sleeping by 9 p.m., happy and full!