Chef Spotlight: Justin Paruszkiewicz

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If you’ve been with Home Chef for even a week, you’ve been lured by the siren song of Culinary Director, Justin Paruszkiewicz’s delectable dishes (and marveled at his complicated last name). Justin creates gourmet, yet accessible dishes, and has major chops in the kitchen (and makes a mean playlist to cook to). We sat down with Justin to talk food, fun, and looking forward to warmer weather.

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Hometown? Chicago, Illinois 

Tell us about yourself. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Justin Paruszkiewicz. I’m a full time Chef and Culinary Director with Home Chef.

How would you describe your style of cooking? Contemporary American.

What’s your favorite Home Chef dish and why? Braised Pork Belly Tacos. Why? Because Pork belly!

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What ingredients are you most looking forward to spotlighting for the spring and summer? Fiddlehead Ferns, Garlic Scapes, Ramps, and Watermelon Radishes. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge radish lover.

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Any sports team allegiances we should know about? Easy – BEARS! HAWKS!

Favorite way to spend a Saturday? Going to the farmers’ market and walking the beach with my beautiful girlfriend, Tracy. (Oooh la la!)

Tacos or Burgers? Tacos. Hands down.

What’s the one technique or quality you feel every good home chef should have? Knife Skills, which we covered in an awesome post here, and a trained palate. By “trained palate,” I mean a sense of adventure and openness coupled with learning how to bring ingredients together.

Kale or Chard? Kale

Favorite drink pairing right now? Fried Chicken and Champagne, perfect for dining al fresco!

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Currently craving? Spicy Miso Ramen

What’s in your Netflix queue right now? A Matter of Taste