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Quinn Carroll


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By Carol Smaglinski December 5th, 2012

Quinn Carroll, 23, is a one of those talented, self-taught chefs who has worked in several venues, but is now happily settled. Carroll is currently the sous chef at Cheever’s Cafe, 2409 N. Hudson.

Worked as a chef: “Began making onion rings for Coit’s, then worked at Hideaway Pizza, moving on to Deep Fork, a brief stint at The Metro and then Red Prime for more than two years.”

Your immediate past: “I became a sous chef at the age of 20, and I have been with Good Egg Group for five years.”

Special recognition: “I recently received my second Hospitality Award for Culinary Excellence from the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.”

A culinary luminary you would love to meet: “Rick Bayless, from Oklahoma, because I love his twist on Mexican cooking.”

Thoughts on Oklahoma City: “I’ve seen how much it has advanced. I am proud of what our city has produced in the restaurant business.”

A splurge for you: “Would be a steak, but also game such as elk and foie gras.”

But you’d never eat: “Fast food.”

In your own restaurant, you’d serve: “Food with a Southwestern flair, and game dishes such as roasted duck breast.”

Imperative to you: “A chef’s knife.”

You look somewhat like: “Ben Folds Five or Aidan Quinn, the actor. Hey, my my name is Quinn and my brother’s is Aidan!”

Date night: “I am off on Friday nights, so we go out to a restaurant and to a movie.”

Your main squeeze: “She is a speech pathologist. We went to high school together.”

How do you reboot each day: “I have a strong passion for the business, and I am ready to be there because I want to be there. My inspiration comes from my dad, Jerry Carroll, and brother, Aidan, and chef Clay Falkner.”

Most difficult thing you have ever done: “As one of the chefs at Red Prime, I worked for a month and one-half without a day off — lots of stress — but it taught me so much.”

Fav cookbook: Larousse Gastronomique by Pierre Larousse.”

Funny happening: “Our prep guy was trying to gain muscle mass and needed protein shakes. Someone substituted flour for the protein power in his shakes, and he’s [was] drinking the gummy stuff, and we [were] all laying on the ground laughing.”

 
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