Roberto Bignes – USA

Costa Mesa, CA, United States

Name: Chef Roberto Bignes
Age: 63
Nationality: Argentinian
Country of Residence: USA

1. Your Restaurant/Business: Il Dolce in Costa Mesa, California, 92627, USA

2. About Your Kitchen: A modern take on traditional Italian.

3. Your Favorite Chef Works Item: The Milan Premium Cotton Chef Coat (ECCW), because it is comfortable and elegant.

4. First Job: An Italian deli and bakery in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

5. Your Favorite Cookbook: The Silver Spoon – the best-selling book on Italian cooking.

6. Your Awards: 2010 Best Pizza in Orange County from OC Weekly. 2011, 2012 & 2013 Golden Foodie Awards Best Pizza in Orange County, California. Locale magazine Best Restaurant 2013 and many more.

7. Your Cooking Inspiration: The memories of my family when I was a child.

8. Your Specialty Dish: Handmade artisan pizza Napolitana, from the dough to the topping.

9. Favorite Dish To Eat: Fig and prosciutto di Parma pizza.

10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate: Sautéed chicken blood.

11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Dulce de leche.

12. Favorite Drink: Wine.

13. Favorite Wine: Cantine Giacomo Asheri, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy.

14. Who Would You Most Like To Cook For: My family.

15. Who Would You Least Like To Cook For: People who are not interested in taste.

16. Favorite Things To Do When Not Cooking: Having a good time with my family.

17. Your latest project: Developing new recipes and menu.

18. Favorite City and Why:  Orange County and Los Angeles in California and Naples in Italy, because they are all important culinary centers.

19. Your Greatest Indulgence: Marron Glaces.

20. Your All Time Best Culinary Tip: Cook pasta 1 minute less than the package instructions and finish cooking in the pan with the sauce.

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