The Dish: Jonathan Waxman

You already know your favorite chefs by the foods they prepare and the restaurants they’ve created. Now, get to know a different side of these culinary masterminds in our new weekly The Dish feature. From behind-the-scenes kitchen talk to culinary soundtracks and Nashville recommendations, we’re bringing you the dish – straight from the pros.

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First up? Festival co-founder and acclaimed chef, Jonathan Waxman. As the chef and owner of Manhattan’s highly successful Barbuto restaurant, Chef Waxman recently set his sights on Nashville with Adele’s. An ode to his mother, this new restaurant focuses on local, seasonal dishes in a way that’s casual yet refined.


Favorite post-shift meal/late-night snack?

Fish & chips and a glass or two of Robert Sinskey Vin Gris.

Go-to cooking soundtrack?

Tower of Power’s Back to Oakland

Which words or phrase do you most overuse in the kitchen?

Keep it simple.

Most underrated/overrated ingredient?

Salt is the most over and underrated ingredient because most chefs don’t know how to use it properly.

Favorite Nashville spot?

Robert’s Western World. That fried bologna sandwich is a great late-night snack.


Join us at the Festival to see Jonathan Waxman in action during his two demos, Mother Knows Best at 11:30AM on Saturday, 9/20, and 5 A Day My Way at 3PM on Sunday, 9/21.