Are chefs considered superheroes? Maybe not, but they do have the power to transport guests on flavorful adventures anywhere in the world. With the perfect combination of herbs, spices and ingredients, one bite can carry diners to new cultures. Chefs not only feed stomachs, but souls as well.
One of these superhero chefs is Scott Neuman, executive chef at Jasper’s in Woodlands, Texas. Chef Neuman recently joined the Jasper’s culinary team known for its gourmet backyard cuisine including ‘Hickory Grill Flat Iron Steak’ and ‘Rotisserie Prime Rib’.
For more than 17 years, Scott shared his culinary experiences with customers as the executive chef and co-owner of Oba Restaurante, in Portland, Or. Through the changes in venues, his mission has remained consistent: “to nourish people’s souls.” In 2010, Neuman was a member of the first group of brand ambassadors for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. He recently returned to Wooster for Brand Ambassador Summit and caught up with GoRare staff for a quick Q&A.
Q: Aside from your own, what is your favorite restaurant?
A: Boulevard (San Francisco, CA), The French Laundry (Yountville, CA) and Le Pond de Brent (Montrose, Switzerland)
Q: What’s the hottest trend in food right now?
A: Locally grown food, ingredients
Q: How would you describe your style of cooking?
A: Pan-Latin and gourmet
Q: If you could have any meal, what would it be?
A: It would have to be a mixture of my favorite things; I can’t choose just one.
Q: Are there any chefs you try to emulate?
A: Julia Child, Graham Kerr and Martin Yan
Q: When you aren’t in the kitchen, what are you doing with your free time?
A: Traveling, golfing, fly fishing and wood working.
Q: The world’s foremost authority on food is?
A: The Spanish.
Q: The one book every chef should have in their library is?
A: Larousse Gastronomique by Prosper Montagné or Le Guide Culinaire by Auguste Escoffier
Q: If you could have only four ingredients in your pantry, what would they be?
A: Salt, butter, Certified Angus Beef ® brand spinalis [cap of ribeye] and avocado.
Q: What is the most expensive meal you have ever prepared?
A: An 11 course meal for two family friends.
Q: What is your favorite food/dish?
A: Chicken Fried Steak
Editor’s note: This post was written by Matt Shoup, Certified Angus Beef ® brand intern.