Chef Jon Palsson

Valley Center, California, United States

Name: Chef Jon Palsson
Age: 43
Nationality: Icelandic
Country of Residence: USA

1. Your Restaurant/Business: Harrah’s Resort Southern California, USA

2. About Your Kitchen: Busy with lots of moving parts, pots and pans.

3. Your Favorite Chef Works Item: The Madrid Premium Chef Coat (ECHR) in 100% Cotton.

4. First Job: A pot washer at Hotel Ork in the village of Hveragerdi, Iceland.

5. Your Favorite Cookbook: Escoffier Le Guide Culinaire, the culinary bible of French cuisine.

6. Your Awards: Custom Culinary Excellence Award in 1997and Executive Chef of the Year for Wyndham International Hotels & Resorts in  2000.

7. Your Cooking Inspiration: My Father, Paul Gudmundsson.

8. Your Specialty Dish: Perfecting the next ‘new thing’ for our menu.

9. Favorite Dish To Eat: Anything we can sit down and enjoy as a family. I have a wife and two teenage daughters, so this can be a challenging task!

10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate:  I have traveled through Thailand, Korea, Philippines and Iceland. I have eaten many weird things, it’s difficult to pick one.

11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Salted Caramel.

12. Favorite Drink: Sculpin India Pale Ale by Ballast Point Brewing Company and Swami’s IPA brewed by Pizza Port Solana Beach.

13. Favorite Wine: Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon.

14. Who Would You Most Like To Cook For: Anyone who enjoys having a good time.

15. Who Would You Least Like To Cook For: We do this for a living, so bring on the challenge!

16. Favorite Things To Do When Not Cooking: Spending time with family, motorcycle riding, camping and traveling.

18. Favorite City and Why: San Francisco for its food culture and because I did my apprenticeship there.

19. Your Greatest Indulgence: Bold question!

20. Your All Time Best Culinary Tip: Stay focused, stay humble.

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