Chef Jayson DeMarco Interview

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Chef Jayson Demarco is the executive chef of Bistro 44 in Bedford, Massachusetts. Chef DeMarco is also the star of his own local television show “Cooking with Chef Jayson DeMarco” in the metro west area of Boston and will soon be heading off to Chantilly, France to cook and film with Michelin Star chef Alain Montigny.

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Jayson has become known for providing his guests with delicious contemporary cuisine presented in his own unique and creative style. Chef DeMarco’s cooking is a simple and non pretentious method of cooking, and he rarely uses more than five to six ingredients on a plate. “I let the food do the talking. I just help it along with a little loving.” Chef DeMarco searches for trendy concepts in dining, while still understanding the roots of cooking.

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Watermelon and Goat Cheese

Jayson’s main inspiration came from watching his mother prepare authentic Italian dishes as a child. Growing up in an Italian family owned meat market, Chef DeMarco’s influence was watching his grandfather make homemade sausages, supersatta, head cheese in a ‘old time Italian butcher shop of the 40’s. The use of fresh cheese, polenta, tripe, cured meats and fresh pasta influenced him to always use only the best cuisine. “My philosophy is simple, start with the very best ingredients and you cannot go wrong, whether it’s Manni olive oil, volcanic salts, imported Iberico hams from Spain, or local fresh Atlantic seafood, “Don’t sacrifice quality for any financial gain in this business, the good customers will know and they will not come back.”

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Jayson’s Beef Tataki

In addition to his executive chef duties at Bistro 44, Jayson is also very active with the American Culinary Federation, Le Chaine des Rotisseurs and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.

Here is Food Fashionista’s Exclusive Interview with chef Jayson DeMarco:

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Where were you born?

Springfield Massachusetts

 

Where do you live or spend most of your time now?

North Boston

 

When you are not in the kitchen, where would one find Jayson DeMarco?

I love spending time with my two boys, Patrick and Christian.

I also enjoy playing tennis, golfing and following Formula 1 racing.

 

 What is your favorite vacation hot spot?

West Palm Beach, Portland, Maine and Barcelona, Spain

 

What are your favorite restaurants?

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The Ocean house – Cape Cod

Per Se – New York

KO Prime – Boston

Peter Luger – New York

Misen PlaceTampa, Florida

Ruth Chris  – West Palm Beach, Florida

(I know it’s a chain, but they do it right there)


What is your favorite dish to prepare?

Green Tea & Pepper Clove cured Salmon (this week anyway)

 

 

What is your least favorite dish to prepare?

Anything with cooked cauliflower

 

 

What is your favorite drink/cocktail?

Parrot bay and Pineapple juice

 

 

What are three things that everyone should have in their kitchen?

Wusthof chef’s knife, coffee grinder, and “manni”extra virgin olive oil

 

 

Do you eat junk/fast food? If so, what is your favorite?

Fried whole belly clams from Browns at Hampton Beach and anything from LaTeinda.com

 

 If you weren’t a chef, what would be your dream job?

To be a Formula 1 race car driver.

 

 

What was the most memorable meal you ever had?

Too many

 

 

Who is your favorite singer or singing group?

Akon, Ja rule, the Prodigy, Daughtry, Easy –E, Snoop Dog, Shania Twain.

 

Do you follow fashion? If so, who is your favorite designer?

Anything made by Lacoste, Puma, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren and Diesel

 

 

When you are not in your Chef’s clothing, what is the typical Jayson DeMarco outfit?

Puma Scuderia Ferrari jacket

Lacoste polo shirt

Torn Ralph Lauren Jeans

Prada Glasses

Johnson & Murphy shoes or puma

Jacques Lemans F-1 watch

 

 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Still cooking and watching my sons play lacrosse and soccer.

 

 

What are your words of advice for aspiring chefs?

Never think you know it all, surround yourself with the very best personnel, books, ingredients, friends and family.

 

 

Who is your hero?

It’s a toss up between Kimi Raikkonen, and “Big Pappi” David Ortiz

 

 

What is something that would surprise people to know about you?

Some of my spice jars have no labels, if you don’t know the spice, then you cannot work for me, and I once ran a 10k in 38 min flat (circa1996)


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