50 Questions With Wylie Dufresne At World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards
Moments after Wylie Dufresne's much-awaited doughnuts made their world debut in Melbourne, co-founder Leiti Hsu sat down with the chef for a rapid-fire round of 50 questions. What did you have for breakfast today? Doughnuts. Favorite city in the world? I've been a happy resident of New York for most of my life. But London is a great food city. Travel guilty pleasure? White wine or ice cream. Favorite color? Orange Earliest food memory? My earliest food memories are my mom teaching me how
Moments after Wylie Dufresne's much-awaited doughnuts made their world debut in Melbourne, co-founder Leiti Hsu sat down with the chef for a rapid-fire round of 50 questions.
What did you have for breakfast today? Doughnuts.
Favorite city in the world? I've been a happy resident of New York for most of my life. But London is a great food city.
Travel guilty pleasure? White wine or ice cream.
Favorite color? Orange
Earliest food memory? My earliest food memories are my mom teaching me how to scramble eggs and my grandmother making scrambled eggs for me. But the first job I ever had was peeling potatoes.
Age you knew you were going to be a chef? 20.
Moment when you knew she was the one? When she interviewed me. She was a journalist with Time Out New York.
What did you serve at your wedding? Fried chicken.
How did you propose? In London.
Bar order of choice? A Negroni or a manhattan. You'll get a sense of whether or not you're at a good bar.
Favorite late-night haunt in New York? I have a lot of fond memories of the old PDT.
What did you think you wanted to do as a kid? Be a lawyer. I like to discuss things.
Your other dream job now? Professional athlete, maybe a baseball player. But I don't possess any of those natural abilities any better than anyone else.
Blondes or brunettes? My wife has black hair.
Waffles or pancakes? Yes.
Your wife's favorite dish that you cook for her? You should ask her that! I like to make breakfast for my family, I hope they like what I make.
Your favorite dish that your wife cooks? My wife is a fantastic cook. My favorite thing that she makes is her chocolate chip cookies. She won't tell me the secret.
Cats or dogs? Eh, sure. I had cats growing up.
Margaritas or martinis? Martini.
Best packing tip? Ziploc bags.
First thing you do when you get off the plane? In a perfect world it would be check in and take a shower.
Favorite thing to do when you get on a plane? Go somewhere. Somewhere new. Possibly for adventure.
Most surprising source of inspiration? I knew that having kids would have an impact on me but I couldn't have foreseen just how much.
Favorite vegetable of the moment? Carrots.
A dish you wish you came up with? Grilled cheese.
Your best love advice? I don't have any love advice! I make doughnuts.
Who cooked at home growing up? Both my parents cooked.
What did you have for school lunch? I liked cream cheese and jelly sandwiches.
Who would play you in the Hollywood movie of your life? I would most like Anthony Edwards from Revenge Of The Nerds. Or a Jeff Bridges-type character.
Who are the two people you'd have over for dinner living or dead? Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin or a couple of guys like that.
Your last meal? Cheeseburger with a fried egg on top with good friends and good music.
How do you maintain your sanity in such a wild, wild world? I don't know that I have.
What would you tell your 31-year-old self? Stretch more.
What do you mom and dad think of your food? My parents are extremely supportive. I think and hope that they like what I do.
When they first came to wd~50 what did they say to you? My father worked with me at wd~50 so he was there every day for most of its tenure and he was always very supportive. He was in charge of getting the restaurant built and then when the restaurant was open he was in charge of many aspects in both FOH and BOH. My mother, like most moms, was a big fan.
Polka dots or stripes? Polka dots.
Karaoke go-to? I don't like karaoke. No one wants to hear me sing.
Best bite in Australia so far? Dinner at Attica was pretty awesome.
If you were a kitchen tool what would you be and why? A scale? It's useful and precise.
Tequila or mezcal? Mezcal.
Worst subject in school? Math.
Last book you read? Podcast? Movie? Logan. It's been a long time since I read a book—I read cookbooks all the time.
Is there anything your kids don't eat? The list is very long of things my kids don't eat. My kids don't even like things like mac and cheese.
Favorite in-flight entertainment? Sleeping.
Most surprising thing in your luggage? A jump rope. It's an easy way to exercise.
Biggest pet peeve? When people don't clean up after themselves in the kitchen.
First trip abroad? Switzerland.
Electric or manual toothbrush? I have one of each. I go back and forth in case one is better than the other.
Lucky charms or Cornflakes? Frosted Flakes, it's like a combination.
Night owl or an early bird? Former night owl turned early bird.
First flavor to flavor to try at Du's Doughnuts? We haven't narrowed down the menu yet. I like the strawberry doughnut, but also like the cinnamon apple one.
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