Austin Food & Wine Festival: 10 Questions with … Tyson Cole

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Tyson Cole and his Applewood Smoked Masu Taco at the Austin Food and Wine Festival's Rock Your Taco event at Republic Square Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Tyson Cole and his Applewood Smoked Masu Taco at the Austin Food and Wine Festival's Rock Your Taco event at Republic Square Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Tyson Cole and his Applewood Smoked Masu Taco at the Austin Food and Wine Festival’s Rock Your Taco event at Republic Square Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Uchi founder and James Beard Award winner Tyson Cole will compete in Saturday’s Rock Your Taco (which he has won twice). He will also serve composed small plates at the Chef Showcase on Sunday afternoon at Republic Square Park.

First important meal you ever cooked for another person?

The first catering gig I did by myself for 20 or so people has to be it. The off-site cooking gave me the confidence to attempt to open Uchi in 2003.

Favorite cooking tool in the kitchen?

Sheet pans and aluminum foil.

Most overrated/underrated food?

Overrated: cake. Underrated: vinegar.

Just home from a long night in the kitchen, what are you drinking?

Water

What’s the next buzzy food coming to restaurant menus?

Carrots

Last meal in America (not at one of your restaurants), where do you go?

ABC Kitchen (New York City)

Neapolitan or New York style-pizza?

Neapolitan

Cake or pie?

Pie

Dream four-person dinner party?

Mario Batali, Matthew McConaughey, Thom Yorke, Jimmy Fallon.

Bagel or breakfast taco?

Taco, of course!

The Austin Food and Wine Festival takes place April 22-24 at Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park. For tickets and more information, visit austinfoodandwinefestival.com


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