Quick bites with Kike Redondo

Published Date: 2005-02-17 Time: 08:49:57

Owner/Executive Chef, Kypriaki Norte
Photos and questions by Maureen Provencal

Q: Whatís your food/wine philosophy in 25 words or less?
A: Use the freshest food, honesty, good wines.

Q: One food you canít live without?
A: Nice meat.

Q: One ingredient you canít live without?
A: Spanish paprika.

Q: What food/drink should people be more open to trying?
A: Wines.

Q: Weirdest thing youíve ever eaten?
A: Ants in Brazil.

Q: Exact moment you decided to become a chef?
A: I was 14 years old. I was a cook in a kitchen Hostel San Marcos (in Spain).

Q: Whatís your solution for a last-minute meal?
A: Improvise.

Q: Best trend in food/restaurants?
A: Everybody is trying something different. Differences are good.

Q: Greatest professional moment?
A: When I opened my first restaurant at the age of 18 in Malgrat De Mar in Barcelona. It was called El Museillo. The little museum.

Q: Where would you go to eat, if you could go anywhere in the world?
A: In El Bulli at Rosas Costa Braun.

Q: Where would you go for your last meal in Whistler?
A: My home.

Q: What brought you to Whistler?
A: The challenge of operating a business here.

Q: Personal hero?
A: My family.