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Breakfast with John

Garlic, Butter and a PMA- Positive Mental Attitude

Name: John Sagadraca

Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey

Current Location: Brooklyn

Day Job: Sous Chef at Colonie in Brooklyn Heights

Daily Uniform: Black Dickies, chef’s coat coat, pink socks

I have a few: Too many dogs in my apartment

In the kitchen, I swear by: Garlic, butter and thyme

The taste I can’t live without: Sweet.  I love sweets, can’t live without it

Most incredible dinner out: Picnic Garden Korean BBQ in flushing with my old crew from Bar Boulud; changing the grill 9 times, we were there for about 4 hours…!

I’m dying to go to: Japan, Korea, the moon, Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen for dinner

If I could cook for anyone, I would cook: Fish tacos and salsa for Bradley Nowell from Sublime

My dog is: A pretty princess, the best dog ever and some times a little crazy

The best thing(s) about New Jersey: Pork roll hands down! Not pumping gas, the shore, tomatoes and corn

The best thing(s) about New York: Korea Town, Brooklyn, 24hour everything, pizza, people

My Top 5 Meals:

1. Duk boki, fried dumplings, spicy pork and kimchi pancakes at Kunjip in Korea Town

2. Roast duck, pate sampler, scallops, fennel, pork at Bar Boulud

3. 1/2 chicken, rice, chickpea salad, homemade hot sauce, chips and salsa at Pita Palace

4. Glazed pig tale, salt and pepper shrimp, pork belly with butternut squash puree, strawberry-cinnamon glazed baby back pork ribs, sauteed broccoli rabe, roasted portobella-truffle toast with a fried egg at Traif

5. 3 meatballs, broccoli rabe, fried artichokes and the cheese plate with red onion jam at the Saint Austere

My Motto: Got to keep your PMA- positive mental attitude

For John’s frittata recipe, click here!