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Chuck Wiley Dishes on the Two Local Chefs He Most Admires, His Three Favorite Local Dishes and His Sensual Last Meal

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Five words to describe you: Happy, grateful, curious, optimistic, determined.

Four words to describe Café ZuZu: Fresh, beautiful, seasonal, unfussy.

Describe the American food scene 20 years ago: A few pockets of inspiration.

Describe it now: Many, many more pockets of inspiration! There are so many more choices, so much more beautiful food now than 20 years ago -- chefs, farmers and artisans all over the country creating something wonderful.

The great thing about being a chef is: Being surrounded by beautiful food.

The tough thing about being a chef is: You're only as good as your last plate.

The most fun I've ever had in the kitchen was: During those fleeting, yet constantly recurring "Golden Ages" when you're cooking and working with people you genuinely enjoy and respect, and together you are creating something truly inspired. I get high just thinking about it.

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Nikki Buchanan