Chefs are the best people to interview. Some are larger than life, some are a little nutty, all are passionate about what they do. And the best combine culinary vision and entrepreneurial drive, with often a little showmanship thrown in.
Talking to Curtis Duffy, who was at Avenues (and led the restaurant to two Michelin stars) for the past few years, all of those elements were clear. He's also a great guy and a gracious host.
Anyhow, Curtis has just announced he's opening his own restaurant in 2012 in the West Loop — or if that doesn't work out secretly cooking for people in an undiscovered corner of Alhambra Palace.
Bottom line: This gives us a non-Mayan reason to look forward to 2012.
Watch the interview below.
OK, off to post this in Facebook and, um, then post it to the exact same people on Google+.