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INSP.EAT – Nir Mesika: “Chef has to live the food. Learn every day, taste, open books.”

By INSP.EAT by Tino Forbidden

Chef Nir Mesika runs the restaurant Timna in New York’s East Village. Timna was named Best New Restaurant in America by USA Today shortly after its opening. Nir brings Israeli and Mediterranean cuisine into a new modern level. And I had a chance to talk to him just before the dinner service started. This Israeli Chef told me how he walked into a kitchen of his dream restaurant and said he wants to cook for them. And became a sous-chef soon after. We also talked about Anthony Bourdain, just a week or two before he passed away. Anthony’s book Kitchen Confidential was one of the main reasons why Nir decided to be a chef. And when he saw Bourdain a few weeks ago, he went to tell him that. I’m really inspired by how chefs work. “17 hours in the kitchen? You don’t feel the hard work. But put me in the office for 17 hours and I’ll kill myself.” The reason why he can focus mainly on cooking is that he runs a single restaurant as opposed to several restaurants. “If you have more, you need to zoom out and be more of a manager.” He loves cooking and […]

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