Meet & Eat

Interviews with our contributors.

Meet & Eat: Eric Singerman, Serious Eats Chicago Intern

Editor's Note: You may have noticed that I quickly introduced a brand new intern last week on A Sandwich a Day post. Now it's time for you to get to know him a little better. Take it away, Eric!

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Name: Eric Singerman
Location: Chicago
Occupation: Student

Guilty pleasures? Definitely granola. Most would probably not consider it to be a guilty pleasure, but when you eat an entire box in one sitting I think it becomes one.

Describe your perfect meal. My immediate family and all of my best friends. 15 or so people total. Starts out with a great cheese plate with a super gooey brie and some goat cheese too. Then my mom's roast chicken—no, two or three of my mom's roast chickens. Ends with Levain Bakery's double chocolate chip cookies and Greenberg's chocolate cake (the one with the yellow icing). It's where my birthday cake has comes from every year. The whole meal takes place on the roof of my apartment building back in New York.

What food won't you eat? There's nothing I won't try. However, having tried bread pudding, I won't eat it again. If that's my only option, I'd rather skip dessert. I also have a hard time eating any meat that I know was raised unethically.

Favorite food person? Anthony Bourdain. He shows his viewers and readers how food significantly informs a person's culture. He's also not afraid to tell people off.

When did you first realize you were a serious eater? Sophomore year of high school, when I gained 18 lbs in one week after wrestling season ended. Or when I spent every weekend for the last two years of high school trying to find new places to eat for under $10. Or when I dropped two classes senior year to write a cookbook and write about food justice. There have been a lot of indicators.

What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? They love it when they get to eat what I cook or go on interesting "foodventures" with me. They hate it when they have to clean up the mess from my cooking or travel on three subway lines on a cold night for whatever "foodventure" I've come up with.

Favorite food sites or blogs? Chowhound. It's got creative twists on recipes and plenty of DIY recipes. It's not about the pretty pictures or "sexy" ingredients. It's about showing you how to cook and where to find the ingredients you need.

Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? My friend Joe from high school is a wise sage when it comes to cheap-eats in New York.

What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? Dinner. Unfortunately, often my college's dining hall. When I get the chance, I cook up a storm for myself or venture out into a random Chicago neighborhood. I attempt to try a new neighborhood, cuisine, or dish every time I eat out.

Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? Cooking might be the only thing I love as much as eating. Actually, I wanted to go to culinary school instead of college. My best dish is probably pappardelle made from scratch with mushrooms sautéed in balsamic vinegar and shredded carrots to top it off.

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