"Bite off more than you can chew and chew like a motherf*cker"

Name: Eddy Buckingham

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Current Location: New York, New York

Day Job: Owner/Operator, The Liberty NYC

I have a few: Outstanding items on my To-Do List

What brought you to New York? If I had lived in the time of the Roman Empire, the only place I’d want to be was Rome.

In the kitchen I swear by: Thorough preparation. Do the hard work before anything gets hot.

Hidden Talents? I have too few to leave any hidden.

Most incredible dinner out: Barrio Chino, NYC. A first date. I don’t remember what we ate.

Daily Uniform: Daylight hours: T-shirt and jeans. After Dark: A little smarter.

The taste I couldn’t live without: The salt rim on my Margarita

I’m dying to go to: Bed without setting an alarm

If I could cook for anyone: An enormous seafood Paella and a punchbowl of white peach sangria for my mum, sisters, Barack and Michelle

Top 5 Favorite Drinks: (I can’t pick just 5)

1. The Curious Prescription, The Experimental Cocktail Club, NYC

2. Sidecar, Harry’s New York Bar, Paris

3. Sazerac, New Orleans

4. Classic Margarita, Tortilla Flats, NYC

5. Carlton Draught, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia

6. The Billyburg, The Liberty NYC

My motto: Bite off more than you can chew and chew like a motherfucker