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Executive Chef at Dada,
His dish: Habanero Salmon
This kicky salmon is maple glazed and popping with flavor. Feingold serves it with yellow rice at Dada.
His 2002 tattoo declares, “Stand for nothing, fall for anything.”
Feingold: “I’ve always been the kind of person that proves people wrong. I purposefully go out of the way to make sure that no matter what people think about me, I’m completely more than that.
“I wasn’t the greatest straight-A student in high school, but when I went to culinary school I said, ‘this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.’ And when I did it, I fell in love. I was taught classically French and I like to do that, but I also like to do my own thing and see how far I can push it, see if I can get away with it.”
So don’t even dare ask for sauce on the side at Dada – he’ll say no. “A lot of that has to do with standing up for my food and really believing in what I’m doing. It’s not that it’s right or wrong. I just know in my heart that this is the right way it should be served. If they can just listen to me and let me take them on that ride, they’ll see what I’m talking about.
“I wear my heart on my sleeve. I feel deeply connected to the stuff that we do and it will hurt my soul if someone doesn’t enjoy it.”