My Proust Questionnaire
n the back pages of Vanity Fair
, readers find The Proust Questionnaire
, a series of questions posed to subjects about their lives, thoughts, values and experience. In this month's issue of "The Tomato
", Edmonton's premier culinary magazine, my boyfriend was featured in a Proust-style interview that you can find here
. The questions interested me so I answered them myself...
Grandview, Missouri, USA. Go Bulldogs!
Years making chocolate?
I made chocolate for the first time when I started with Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut in 2002. I started taking more serious chocolate making training 2 years ago.
Where would you like to live?
In a magical place that is a hybrid of all the best qualities found in Alberta and Maui.
Your favorite food and drink?
Chocolate chip cookies and 2% milk. The cookie must be thin, crispy outside, chewy inside and not too sweet.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in choc business?
Living in my sister's basement.
What do you most appreciate in your friends?
I appreciate the freedom they give me to be who I am without judgement.
Your favourite qualities in a dish?
I prefer dishes that maintain the natural characteristics of it's ingredients and don't try to be what they are not.
I prefer chocolates that are "normal". In my opinion, chocolate should taste like chocolate not Thai or Mexican food.
Subtlety. Finesse tastes sexy and demands excellent craftsmanship.
Who would be at your dream dinner table (dead or alive)?
A few not-so-famous but fabulous unknowns plus Paul Newman, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, and my Mike.
Who would cook?
Julia Child with Jamie Oliver as her sous chef.
Current culinary obsession/exploration?
I've been searching for my ideal chocolate chip cookie and hot & sour soup for years. You can find my current favorite cookie at rusticabakery.com
and my favorite soup at Gabbana on Jasper Ave in Edmonton.
Meaningful/crazy cooking experience?
I was in university and wanted to impress this guy by cooking him chili but I didn't know the beans had to soak first. He chipped his tooth on the first bite. We dated for two years.
No one famous. I've been fortunate enough to have close friends who I consider mentors in relationships, life and business.
Favourite casual cheap and cheerful commercial chocolate bar.
Twix. I crave texture as much as I crave taste and no other candy bar rivals the beautiful juxtaposition of crunchy and chewy.
Not knowing is part of the fun isn't it?
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