There's nothing like slaving over a hot stove—let alone a professional kitchen—to make you appreciate your mother. In honor of Mother's Day tomorrow, we had Executive Chefs, Alex Staab and Bradley Gilmore, reflect on the most important lady—or ladies— in their lives.
"Growing up, my mother cooked for us every day. We always sat down and had dinner together, no matter how busy we were with games or after school activities. My favorite memories come from the holidays, which usually entailed having hundreds of biscotti or fried asparagus, and always pasta with my Great Grandmother Lena's sauce (she was born in Sicily). She was alive until I was about 12, but all of her recipes are handed down. I still beg my mom to make her pizza any chance I get. Like a good Italian mother, we never went hungry. Still to this day with our busy lives she tries to get everyone together 1-2 times a week to have dinner." -
Urban Table Executive Chef, Alex Staab
"It wasn’t until I started cooking at Gram & Dun that I realized how much I was always in the kitchen with my mom and granny as a child. I would always help roll out dumplings and pick peas at grandmothers house and bake pastries with mom. My granny is definately the inspiration for my cooking. She’s getting up there in age, but every time I get the chance to visit her I always have her make one of her recipes and videotape it to keep those memories. Her chicken & dumplings and peanut brittle are some of the best I’ve ever had, and when I cook that for other people it’s some of the best they’ve ever had." -Gram & Dun Executive Chef, Bradley Gilmore