Chef Talk: A Taste of Place

Chef Rosenstein.

Chef Rosenstein.

Mark Rosenstein is a chef, writer, gardener and savorer of all things local and seasonal. He recently finalized the sale of his Asheville restaurant, the Market Place, and has since found more time to do the things that the restaurateur life could not always afford. Follow Rosenstein’s projects and musings on his blog, The French Broad: Lessons from the Appalachian Table,

What is your idea of perfect happiness? No such thing.  Happiness is a way, not a destination.

What is your greatest fear? Being fearless.

What is your inspiration? Opening my eyes.

Which person, alive or dead, do you most admire? Tough, I have been touched by so many amazing people, they all continue to live within me.

What is your current state of mind? Engaged and detached.

What is the quality you most like in a person? Compassion.

What is the quality you least like in a person? Arrogance.

Which talent would you most like to have? To play music.

Which habit would you most like to be rid of? Being responsible.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Learning the lessons from those who love me.

What would you choose to be if you were to be reincarnated? Fireworks maker.

What is your biggest vice? Pride.

What is your favorite thing to do on a cold day? Hike.

What would you cook for the President? Something local and seasonal.

Who would you most like to have dinner with? People I love.

What is your favorite culinary tool? A knife.

What quality do you most value in your friends? Humor and honesty.

Who is your favorite chef? You mean besides myself?

Who is your favorite writer? Annie Dillard.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? Someone cooking for me.

Who are your heroes in real life? My family and friends.

What is it that you most dislike? Violence and greed.

What food could you not live without? Chocolate.

What music could you not live without? James Brown.

How would you like to die? Peacefully old.

How would you like to live? What’s there to change?

What is your motto? When there’s a will, there’s a way and when there’s a way, there’s Krul.

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