What's your favorite new ingredient?
Smoked paprika. It's so rich and intense, and it lends a lot of flavor without being overpowering. It reminds me of working with open flames.
What's the most versatile spice?
Coriander seed. It's used in almost every cuisine.
What's the most underused spice?
Lately, I'd say cumin. In the '80s it was super popular because that was when Southwestern cooking was getting big, but you don't see it being used much anymore.