Treasured: Bill Telepan’s Sourdough Starter

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Interview and Photos by Melanie Dunea / CPi / My Last Supper

Bill Telepan: “My treasure is a sourdough starter that is now entering its 18th year in existence. We started it when I was a chef at a restaurant called Ansonia, because I wanted to try to make these onion rings I remembered eating as a kid from the Peterpank Diner in New Jersey.

“The guy who owns the restaurant would never give me the recipe, so I bought one of Nancy Silverton’s La Brea cookbooks and in the back there was a recipe for sourdough onion rings.”

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