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?
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?
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER AS THE LOWEST DEPTH OF MISERY?
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?
NEIL YOUNG OR TRAGICALLY HIP?
Young from back in the days ...Hip now.
FAVOURITE KITCHEN WORD OR PHRASE?
Photos by: Alieska Robles