Chef Roundtable

Culinary Personalities

Chef Ian Palagye of River Winds Restaurant

I have to say Italy, specifically the Amalfi Coast. It is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline with wonderful food, historic sites, and great wine. I love Italian wines and fresh seafood, and I don’t think there is any better place to go for either. I doubt I’ll be able to make the trip in the near future, but once my twin babies get a little older, my wife and I plan to vacation there.


Chef Ryan Sulikowski of Lotus Farm To Table

As much as I would love to visit Maine again, or travel the world, I would stay local. The Philadelphia restaurant scene has come on strong the past few years and there are some amazing restaurants here, run by some badass chefs. To me, it's all about supporting the local scene, and now is a great time to be in the Philadelphia area.


Chef Sergio Soto of Gallagher’s Steakhouse

I would travel to Peru, but not to a usual tourist destination. I would go to some peaceful country town in the mountains or along the coast. I’ve never been to Peru, but I’ve always been fascinated with their culture and cuisine. There are a lot of global influences on their cuisine because they're a coastal country. I think this makes it probably one of the most interesting and original in all of South America. I’d love to sit down with a cold local beer and order a local chef’s recommended ceviche.


Chef Paul Giganti of Birra

My destination would be an island in the South Pacific—or anywhere tropical, really. I would eat anything I could catch and or kill with my bare hands and cook it over an open fire on the beach. Oh, and what primal feast would be complete without a whole lot of whiskey? Bourbon, preferably.