Chef Tim Love on his urban-western cuisine and finding inspiration in a conversation with Tim McGraw.Chef Tim Love on his urban-western cuisine and finding inspiration in a conversation with Tim McGraw.
[MUSIC] I call my food urban western cuisine. I like to any ingredient that's west of the Mississippi. At the same time, my cuisine is all about the ethnic groups that settled the west. So, Chinese railroad workers, the Spanish, the French, all the people that settled Texas. And that's really where my inspiration comes from. I like to push people to tell me stories because I can relate through to that all the time. That's what I do. All it takes is one click and I can see it happening in people's faces when they go, well, you know there was this one time. So when we travel in Italy there's a real groundedness I feel there from sort of having Italian blood. And then the food is just so fantastic. We spent a great time up there And we found a restaurant in [CROSSTALK]. Yeah, called Batty's with the langoustines. When he started talking about that, I started really listening in and now some were about to have a conversation that really makes a difference. And he says, yeah, we're sitting there, it's outside, the temperature's perfect. He sat down and they had these langoustines that are They're sort of grilled and they're sort of flash fried in olive oil and some butter. Bingo. That's exactly what I've been waiting for you to tell me. I can do that. You know these we just get the whole bag of [UNKNOWN] in and we split them, clean them, we're going to quickly grill them on the [UNKNOWN] right over here. Mm-hm. And it's the sweetest of the sweet. Food is not a serious thing. It's not this thing you put way up on a pedestal to me. It's all about people wanting to have things that they like and so, as a chef, you venture out to do things that make people get excited about what you're doing. And that adventure, for me, is what I love about cooking. [MUSIC]