Chatting with the Chefs: Bill Kim + Kevin Cuddihee + Ricardo Jarquin

7/18/2016

Award-winning Chef Bill Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the United States at age 7. His first formal kitchen duty – roasting sesame seeds and grinding them using a mortar and pestle – sparked his interest in pursuing a culinary career. Chef Kim is widely considered to be a pioneer in the movement of fine dining chefs introducing casual concepts. In 2008 he opened urbanbelly, a bustling communal-seating restaurant featuring creative and soul-satisfying noodle, dumpling and rice dishes which now resides in the West Loop after relocating from Avondale. One year later, he opened Belly Shack, a confluence of Asian and Latin flavors in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. In August 2012, Chef Kim opened bellyQ, a modern Asian barbecue concept on Chicago’s thriving Randolph Street. A second urbanbelly location will open in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood in early 2016. Chef Kim will demonstrate Vegetable Ceviche with Spiced Popcorn at his cooking demonstration on July 20th at Green City Market Lincoln Park

What is your favorite Green City Market product? 
Tiny gai lan ( Chinese broccoli) 

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago (other than shop at Green City Market, of course)?
Spending time with my wife on my day off.

What is in your fridge right now?
Any kind of melon, hummus, lemon dill tuna fish and always avocado.  These are all these things I have for breakfast every morning.

What is one tip you have for home cooks shopping at Green City Market?
Early bird catches the worm! Get the best stuff before anybody gets there. 
What is the one food you couldn't live without? 
 Avocado!!!! It's a must at our household.

Overseeing the farm-to-table restaurant that received Michelin’s 2014 Bib Gourmand honor, Chef Kevin Cuddihee has spent his years as a chef in two distinctive aspects of the kitchen. Before joining the team at TWO where Cuddihee is now Executive Chef, he honed his talents in a more personal domain as a private chef. Cuddihee proved his proficiency in both the restaurant and intimate dining sectors as he completed an externship at Chicago’s prestigious Alinea before graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago in 2008. Don't miss his Chef Demo at the market on July 23 at 10:30am. 

What is your favorite Green City Market product? 
Sungold tomatoes, I buy a basket and eat all of them while shopping.

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago (other than shop at Green City Market, of course)? 
Chicago Bears game tailgate parties.
What is in your fridge right now? 
Greek yogurt, homegrown strawberries, cheese. I have two kids, the fridge is always full.
What is one tip you have for home cooks shopping at Green City Market?
Talk to the farmers, ask what's new and fresh, don't be afraid to try something different, kohlrabi tastes great-it just looks strange.
What is the one food you couldn't live without? 
Pizza.
Travelle Kitchen + Bar boasts the inventive American cuisine of Chef de Cuisine Ricardo Jarquin, inspired by historical styles, genuine ingredients, and a background in refined, modern techniques. Prior to joining The Langham, Chicago and Travelle Kitchen + Bar, Jarquin held the role of executive sous chef at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego. One of Jarquin’s proudest recent accomplishments was winning Hilton’s brand-wide “Most Beautiful Dish” competition in 2015 in which he placed in first out of five categories and was 1st runner up from two more. Come see Chef Jarquin's talents at our first Chef Demonstration at the West Loop Market Saturday, July 23 at 10:30am. 

What is your favorite Green City Market product? 
So many to choose from but definitely the tomatoes from Iron Creek Farms, they are always ripe and delicious. I also love the fresh herbs from Smit Farms.

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago (other than shop at Green City Market, of course)? 
I’m fairly new to Chicago , I’ve only been here 4 months. I enjoy going out and exploring the city, checking out new restaurants, and taking photos (photography is one of my hobbies – check out my Instagram for recent food shots www.instagram.com/onfoodandfeasting)

What is in your fridge right now? 
Sounds odd especially since I’m a chef by trade, but I hardly ever cook at home. The only things in my fridge right now are kimchee, sriracha, eggs, and leftover pizza from last night.

What is one tip you have for home cooks shopping at Green City Market?  
Have fun and go hungry. There is definitely a lot of good food being served at the farmers market

What is the one food you couldn't live without? 
Pork – I have a severe infatuation with the animal. If I could eat pork products three meals a day I probably would. Definitely not recommended, but it would be great.

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