Confessions of Rich Burlingame
Q. What is the best part of your job?
The culinary research, which includes eating at local establishments, as well as when I travel for business and leisure.
Q. What is the worst part of your job?
Ever increasing budgetary constraints.
Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I haven’t done it yet.
Q. What is the most unusual foodservice/catering request you have ever received?
Luau Cookies. The customer wanted palm trees, “sand,” and hula girls in grass skirts, all on a cookie.
Q. If you weren't in foodservice what would you be doing?
I would be a starving architect.
Q. What is your greatest fear?
Getting pancreatic cancer. Too macabre? It’s true, though!
Q. What is your "guilty pleasure?"
A plain Hershey bar.
Q. What will people always find in your refrigerator?
Irish butter and cheddar.
Q. What food fad do you wish had never started?
Gluten free as a diet or for non-clinical reasons.
Q. What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?
Smoked elk tongue.
Q. What do you consider to be the most overrated foodservice trend?
Q. What are your words to live by?
If you don’t take care of your body, where else are you going to live?
The maiden voyage—first-class ticket, please—of the Titanic, as long as I could get back into the machine before the final plunge.
World cruise on the QE2… I will need that time machine again.
Sailing the Caribbean with friends.