September 9, 2015
If you’ve been to Good Food on Montford you know it has…good food. The question on my mind the other day as I cruised down Park towards Montford was, aside from their Executive Chef Larry Schreiber, who else was hanging in their kitchen working the stoves? I decided to take a few moments to chat up their Sous Chef Miles Dean in order to put a face with the kitchen. Miles, 30, started out on his path to a career in the culinary field at the age of 16 by making pizza daily after school and has been hooked on cooking ever since. Read on to see what all makes Miles tick:
CLTure: How did you start in the kitchen?
Miles Dean: My first job ever was as in a pizza parlor in a teeny tiny town by the name of Ridgeland, South Carolina, which I’m sure you’ve never heard of it. I loved working in that kitchen and wound up cooking there for two years. I headed to Charleston after that to study at Johnson and Wales for two years. When they closed up shop in Charleston I landed in Charlotte. I completed my bachelor’s degree at Johnson and Wales here and found restaurant work.
CLTure: What is the strangest ingredient you have ever worked with is?
MD: A lamb heart. It sounds odd but I made a lamb heart tartare and it actually turned out really tasty. I just didn’t tell folks what they were eating a cute little baby sheep until after they tried it.
CLTure: What are the best and worst parts of your job?
MD: The best part of my job is that I get to play with food and cook all day long. I enjoy being behind the stove every single day. It’s my thing. The worst part is all the paperwork associated with my job. I’m not a paperwork kind of guy.
CLTure: What’s your favorite music, and do you listen to it while cooking?
MD: I don’t really have a favorite type of music; I like all kinds. In the kitchen at work what we listen to is such a big, random mix – Katy Perry to Slayer.
CLTure: What aspect of Charlotte’s vibrant art scene do you enjoy, if any?
MD: Honestly I really don’t go out too much. I’m either at Good Food or at home and that’s it.
CLTure: Any festivals or events in Charlotte you recommend?
MD: I really like the Oktoberfest here and the Renaissance Festival with the fencing, jousting and huge turkey legs.
CLTure: What one word would you use to describe the food scene in Charlotte?
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