Chef Minds: Wayne deGroot

Wayne deGroot from Zen Za Pizzeria shared with Forest City Cookbook some insights of what it means to be in the culinary world and what is it that keeps the flame and passion alive!  

 
 

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A PERFECT RESTAURANT? 

Not loud, but a controlled buzz, consistent lighting, my fave food getting better

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR AT WORK?  

I fear nothing.  Manifesting positive experiences only

WHICH STILL WORKING CHEF DO YOU MOST RESPECT? 

Justin Wolfe.  He makes the impossible possible

WHAT PART OF WORK 'YOU' DO YOU MOST DEPLORE IN YOURSELF?

Hate making people wait

WHAT WOULD AUTOMATICALLY MAKE YOU FIRE SOMEONE?

Anyone who shows lack of care for the food, for the patrons, for the safety.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EXTRAVAGANT PURCHASE FOR YOUR RESTAURANT?

Pizza oven, of course.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD JOURNEY? 

Northern and weat coast Cali, west coast France, and West coast BC

WHAT WORDS/PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE AT WORK? 

“How was your pizza?”

WHAT DO YOU REGRET MOST AFTER ALL YOUR YEARS IN THE BUSINESS?

Hasn't been a year yet…. So awesome AF

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY?

Interactive .  Having the kitchen right at the front door ensures all interaction is a learning experience

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT STATE OF MIND? 

Awesome AF

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR MOST ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT?

Cliché but “love”

THE WORK/LIFE BALANCE STRUGGLE IS REAL... HOW GOOD OF A JUGGLER ARE YOU? ADVICE?

Live close to the restaurant.  

WHAT IS YOUR MOST TREASURED CULINARY/KITCHEN TOOL?

Dough mixer.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER AS THE LOWEST DEPTH OF MISERY?

Not

WHEN YOU FINALLY RETIRE, WHERE WILL YOU LIVE?

Some where near water

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MARKED CHARACTERISTIC?

The complete positive vibe of the restaurant effects us

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST LIKE IN A CHEF?

The willingness to be open

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST INSPIRATION/MOTIVATION?

Feed back...patrons with a challenge or wish list

SUPERMAN OR BATMAN OR WONDER WOMAN?

Without question Superman

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU REMEMBER COOKING? 

Ironically ...pizza

NEIL YOUNG OR TRAGICALLY HIP?

Young from back in the days ...Hip now.

FAVOURITE KITCHEN WORD OR PHRASE? 

”behind”

 

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