Is your wife still a vegetarian?
Andrew Carmellini is the executive chef for A Voce restaurant in New York CIty. In 2000, Carmellini was named Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine. He also won the James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef, and was nominated as Best Chef in New York City by the foundation in both 2002 and 2004.
Question: Is your wife still a vegetarian?
Andrew Carmellini: Not anymore. See, that’s— when we got married in 1999, she was a vegetarian up until the time that I, until just before we got married she was a vegetarian. And I was cooking a lot of vegetarian food for her. She was on the West Coast at that time and it was, I had to start cooking vegetarian for her or else it wasn’t going to work out, and I wanted it to work out so I had to start cooking up a couple of things. But I can eat, you know, I can eat vegetarian once or twice a week. It doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t have to be a pork fest every night or, you know, you can make some really tasty vegetarian food.
Not anymore, Carmellini says.
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