Confessions of Salvatore Cantalupo

Salvatore Cantalupo admires Hugh Hefner and has given raw quail eggs a try.

Salvatore Cantalupo, corporate chef for Stamford, Conn.-based Corporate Image Dining Services, dreams of seeing all of Italy, loves Chimay beer and doesn’t understand Atkins.

Q. What is the best part of your job?

Creating food.

Q. What is the worst part of your job?

Telling an employee no when I can’t do something they ask.

Q. What is the most unusual foodservice/catering request you have ever received?

To make a cake that looked like a Tab soda can.

Q. If you weren't in foodservice what would you be doing?

Being a pilot.

Q. Which talent would you most like to have?

The talents of a pastry chef.

Q. What is your greatest fear?

Physically not being able to work in the kitchen.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

Hugh Hefner.

Q. What is your favorite meal?

Meatball, ricotta and garlic pizza.

Q. What will people always find in your refrigerator?

Chimay beer.

Q. What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?

Raw quail egg.

Q. What do you consider to be the most overrated foodservice trend?

The Atkins Diet.

Q. What are your words to live by?

Enjoy life now. 

Q. Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

Guy Fieri.

Q. What activity is at the top of your bucket list?

Fishing in Pesca Maya, Mexico.

Q. If you could eat dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

Jacques Pépin.

Q. What would be your dream vacation?

Exploring Italy from top to bottom.

Q. If you had a time machine what historical event or era would you visit?

The [Auguste] Escoffier era. [Editor’s note: Late 1800s to early 1900s.]