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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bar Agricole's Brandon Jew: The SFoodie Interview, Part 2

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Until SOMA's long-awaited Bar Agricole opens in late spring or early summer, its executive chef ― Brandon Jew ― is working at Oakland's Camino, Bar Jules, and as a private chef. This is part two of SFoodie's interview with the up-and-coming chef (part one appeared yesterday). He shared his thoughts about early inspirations, favorite off-night haunts, and the ingredients we'll be seeing at Bar Agricole.

SFoodie: Where do you go for off-night inspiration, Brandon?

Jew: I like going to eat Chinese food on my day off. R&G Lounge, Spices [II], Koi Palace, San Tung. The methods and recipes are long-standing and historical. It's inspirational to have a dish that transcends one chef's life. I always think of my lineage within my family and what recipes I want to pass on that my grandparents have passed to me.

Favorite local off-night food and drink spots? My favorite bar in the city is 15 Romolo and my favorite place to eat is Dennis Leary's Canteen.

Chef from another genre or cooking style who inspires you? John [Smulewitz] and Chad [Arnold] at Adesso are two of the most hard-working, talented, and all-around nice people I've ever come across in this industry. Their humility and generosity is unmatched.

What local chef deserves more attention? I think Russ [Moore] at Camino deserves more praise. His food is delicious and it's rare to have a restaurant I crave to go to everyday of the week.

Guiltiest food pleasure? Tim's Cascade jalepeño potato chips. Just typing those words makes me want a bag!

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