RestaurantI am Chris Santos, I've created 3 top-rated restaurants in NYC, I am a judge on Food Network's Chopped and I only have 3 days until I open my first restaurant in Vegas. Ask Me Anything!
May 12th 2016 by santoscooks • 13 Questions • 284 Points
I am the owner and Executive Chef of three wildly popular restaurants located on the lower east side in New York City," The Stanton Social", "Beauty and Essex" and "Vandal".
I am also known for my appearances on the popular Food Network series "Chopped", The Rachel Ray Show, The Today show and The CBS early show. I also appeared in the movie "Hitch", and worked as a consultant on several other films.
I am 3 days away from opening my first restaurant in Las Vegas, Beauty & Essex inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.Proof: http://imgur.com/9TIdh4w
Thanks everyone for the questions, I have to get back to work now but the next time you are in Vegas, I encourage you to check out Beauty & Essex in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. For more info, visit www.beautyandessex.com.
Who is your favorite Chopped co-star? And tell us why it's Alex.
I love this! Actually, Alex is my official work wife on set! We spend 12-14 long hours with each other everyday.....cracking each other up, bickering, making up and then starting all over again. I love her!
I don't know that I can really single out one meal, as I've spent the last 30 years of my life eating every day, but I recently had the opportunity to go to SE Asia for the first time, going down dark alleys looking for the very best street food I could find. I can't pin a specific meal, but those 3 weeks were the best 3 weeks of eating in my entire life.
Chef Santos, what was the strangest ingredient you've seen on chopped?
Doesn't get much stranger than rocky mountain oysters, which are, of course, bull testicals. My biggest fear however is my hardcore extreme spider phobia, and I have nightmares of cooking in the chopped kitchen and finding tarantulas in there. After seeing spiders served in Cambodia recently, I'm acutely aware that this is a possibility.