By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New this week is the opening of Russet, at 1521 Spruce Street. Chef Andrew Wood (top photo) describes the cuisine:
“I would have to say New American, but with a strong Northern Italian, Southern French influence.”
He and his pastry-chef wife, Kristen, own the restaurant. Of course they fell in love over food:
“We both worked at a restaurant,” he recalls. “I was making the salads and she was making the sweets, and the two stations happened to be next to each other. One thing led to another and, before you know it, we were together.”
Hear Hadas Kuznits’ full interview with Andrew Wood in this CBS Philly podcast…
Meanwhile, Stalin Bedon (below), who co-owns the newly opened Nomad Pizza on South 7th Street, also gets food industry help from his wife.
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“I’m very lucky because my wife is an organic farmer, so I had an ‘in’ with all the local organic farmers,” Bedon says.
The central feature of his restaurant?
“It’s an Italian wood-fire oven. It bakes pizzas at 850 degrees, and it bakes them in a time of about 90 seconds.”
Hear Hadas Kuznits’ full interview with Stalin Bedon in this CBS Philly podcast…
Tickets are still available for the 12th annual “Philly Cooks” chef competition, this coming Wednesday, at the 33rd Street Armory at Drexel University.
“Every year even the top chefs in the community, they always come out for this event,” says Melissa Bizzak (right) with Philly Cooks.
Hear Hadas Kuznits’ full interview with Melissa Bizzak in this CBS Philly podcast…
For this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”