Sundial: How this Indian chef is expanding the meaning of American cuisine
Long before he opened a restaurant, Pushkar Marathe thought he might be a doctor.
It was in his home, cooking in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother — that he found his real calling. And now he’s been called one of the best chefs in the country.
It took him a while to get there. His father was a mechanic with the Indian Air Force and moved his family from base to base. Those travels taught him the flavors beyond his home.
It led him to cooking school in Europe. To professional kitchens from Los Angeles to Miami. He combined those lessons with what he learned in his grandmother’s kitchen.
Marathe learned to cook everything. And that love of flavors shows up in the dishes at his two Palm Beach County restaurants, Stage and Ela. Now he’s been nominated as one the best chefs in the South for a James Beard Award — they call it the Oscars of the food world.
Marathe wanted a restaurant that was truly American — that embraced a variety of flavors and cultures.
On the Feb. 6 episode of Sundial, he joined us to talk about his travels and how they have influenced his career and cooking.
This is one of a series of conversations we're having with local chefs and people in the food industry.
On Sundial's previous episode, we spoke with Miami-based author Patricia Engel, who has a new story collection out called "The Faraway World." We talked about how the stories she wrote over the course of a decade are connected by themes of desire, sacrifice and moral compromise.
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