Top Chef Top 10: Susan Feniger
Susan Feniger, the exuberant star of Top Chef Masters Season 2 owns several Los Angeles restaurants, including the street food-celebrating Street. But, she tells F&W's Kate Krader, cooking is just one of her obsessions.
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"I have an old blue 10-speed; I'd probably be fine with no speeds. Once a year, I ride my bike on the beach."
"I love, love, love going to the movies. I've seen four in one day; on long plane rides, to places like India, I can watch even more. I love Rabbit-Proof Fence—the more depressing the movie, the more I like it."
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"She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb is moving and sad and it feels real. It's about a young woman's struggles. I like things that teach you about real-life situations. It's why I love therapy."
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"Annie Lennox has the most amazing voice, and she's the most amazing songwriter. 'Why' is one of my all-time favorite songs. I have the biggest crush on her."
5. Childhood Job
"My father had a flower shop in Toledo, Ohio, called the Flower Market. I hung out there from the time I was five; my job was to put pins in the corsages. It was nuts during homecoming."
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7. Gerbera Daisies
"I adore the way they look and their colors. Not regular daisies—just gerberas. I also like the simplicity of sunflowers."
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8. Rice Cookers
"For anyone who doesn't like to cook, it's the greatest thing. You can make a big pot in the morning and have it sitting for hours."
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"In an alley in Ho Chi Minh City, I had the most unbelievable bun thit nuong—a bowl of rice noodles with grilled pork, cucumbers, chiles and fish sauce."
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"I have nine piercings in one ear. My sister did the first one; my parents had gone outside to see a fire truck and I told her, 'Quick, now!'"