The premiere of Top Chef’s tenth season airs Wednesday night on Bravo at 9PM. Dallas has three (out of 21) contestants on the show: Danyele McPherson (The Grape), John Tesar (Spoon), and Joshua Valentine (FT 33).
I’ve asked all three chefs to send me photos of their refrigerators and answer a questionnaire about their food-storing habits. Yesterday, Danyele McPherson filed her report. Today, John Tesar took time from his busy 48/7-schedule to provide a brief look into his unique fridge. Tesar’s new restaurant, Spoon Bar & Kitchen is opening in a few days.
Jump for the joy of John. He must have zucchini, Champagne, and baby toys.
SD: What is the oldest item in your refrigerator at this moment?
JT: Italian tuna roe.
SD: What ingredient do you always have to have in your home refrigerator?
SD: How old is your home refrigerator?
JT: I’m guessing about 3 or 4 years old.
SD: Is there an ingredient you always buy and never use?
JT: Butter. I cook with it, but personally, I don’t eat much of it.
SD: What does your home refrigerator say about your personality?
JT: It says that I’m not home much. It’s all about my son and my wife.
SD: If you win Top Chef, will you buy a new refrigerator, lawn mower, or boat? If none of these, then name your first acquisition.
JT: I would take a bunch of my good friends out for a nice dinner so we could have a good laugh.
SD: How about your freezer? What do you have hidden in there?
JT: Ice cream, tomato water, ice cubes, meatballs, and homemade cinnamon buns—my wife loves those.
SD: What kind of beer are we likely to find in your home fridge?
JT: Dos Equis, Heineken, and Estrella Damm.
SD: How about wine? What is your go-to white wine?
JT: Any good white burgundy.
SD: What items rot most frequently in your home fridge?
JT: Zucchini and cucumber.