What is your guilty pleasure?
Santoña anchovies, a delicacy I can’t resist.
If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cocido Montañés, a typical stew from my region in Spain, a very filling dish made with beans, kale, chorizo, blood sausage, and pork ribs. Delicious, but it’s so heavy that if I ate that for the rest of my life, my life wouldn’t be very long!
What does your family beg you to make at home?
Paella, especially my mother in law, she asks me for it every time she sees me.
Describe the best meal you've ever had.
The best meal I ever had was a very simple meal: razor clams cooked on a flat top with lemon and sea salt. We fished them that very morning. It was the first day I had ever tried them and it was glorious.
What is your favorite local ingredient?
It’s hard to find a favorite, but I like Texas BBQ a lot. The beef is great and the rubs and sauces are delicious.
If you can make a meal for anyone, who would it be and why?
My family. I live in Austin, my brother in London, and the rest of my family are spread between Spain and México, so it’s almost impossible to get them all together around a table. I would give an arm and a leg to cook for them all.