July 1, 2013
The French chef and NoCal transplant on cooking with friends, hometown burritos, beach romance, and motorcycles
Name: Austin Holey
Dish: Mullet carpaccio—mullet with pickled shallots and chillies, homemade toast and ricotta with anchovies, artichoke, and pea salad.
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Current location: Paris
Day job: Cook at Bones
Daily uniform: Jeans and a T-shirt
I have a few: Weeks off in August which will be spent cruising the California coast with the boys.
In the kitchen, I swear by: Japanese knives
The taste I couldn’t live without: Gordo’s burritos
Hidden talents: I’m really observant of the little things, but that’s not really a secret.
If my kitchen could talk, it would say: Ta meuf elle est Bones.
Latest splurge: Moving to Paris.
Last place I traveled: Guethary, France, to find the ocean.
Most romantic thing I’ve done for a girl: I married my wife, alone on the beach at sunrise. Then I took her for a swim.
In life, what is most important to me is: My motorcycle
I get nervous when: When I start planning too far in advance.
My Top 5 Meals: I’ve had a lot of great meals recently in Paris, at places like Vivant Table and Septime, but to be honest my favorite meals have not been in restaurants at all. I prefer cooking with friends—whether it’s roasting a whole lamb in an Oakland backyard, cooking nettle pasta in a Berkeley kitchen, steaming lobsters on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard, or making burritos in Bishop, California, after a day of climbing. Sharing the love with friends is what makes food good to me.
My motto: Swing easy, tumbleweed.