Chef’s Corner with Bill Bracken of Palm Terrace Restaurant
Midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the luxurious Island Hotel Newport Beach offers discerning guests views of nearby Newport Harbor and the islands of Catalina, Lido, and Balboa. And the Island Hotel is famous for its award-winning cuisine directed by world-recognized Executive Chef Bill Bracken. journeyPod enjoyed a delicious tasting and wine pairing by Chef Bill at Palm Terrace Restaurant. Of note was the tuna tartare, lamb chops, and the 30-hour short ribs. And the caramelized bananas over a blondie with vanilla sauce and snickers ice cream was fabulous.
After dessert had a chance to digest, we and had the opportunity to ask him a few questions. We had a fun chat and many laughs. We learned much about this amazing chef from Kansas, but sadly, we were unsuccessful at finding out what exactly is in his “secret spice mix”…
What three ingredients cannot you not live without?
Oven-dried-tomatoes, potatoes, and my secret spice mix…and don’t ask me what it is.
What’s your secret spice mix?
(No answer…then laughs)
If you weren’t a chef what would you be?
A therapist! Or a motivational speaker.?
Who is your favorite chef?
My favorite chef used to be Dean Fearings–the godfather of southwest cuisine. I love that type of cuisine. But honestly, I enjoy any chef who follows their culinary heart. One of my favorite places to eat is the Tinder Greens in Culver City. It’s simple. I love it.
What would you enjoy for your Last Supper?
Fried chicken, sweet corn, and mashed potatoes. I am from Kansas–I like the simple things.
Where’s the most romantic spot in Newport Beach?
The cliffs over Corona del Mar.
Where do the locals hang out in Newport Beach?
Billy’s on the Beach, 333, Javiers
What is the craziest request you ever received?
Sylvester Stallone, when I was working at the Peninsula Hotel in LA. Every day he would demand seven eggs, cooked for three minutes, to be ready in ten minutes. He would then either show up early and be disappointed because they weren’t ready. Or he would show up late, and they’d be cold! And he checked in to hotel under the name, “Mr. Friendly.”