Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican)Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican)
My personal mentor is and has always been Ellis Waters. And I was working at [UNKNOWN] in Chicago for Rick Bayless and Ellis Waters came in. So I was cooking a soft shell crab dish, it was a party of ten and I was firing the crabs. And sometimes crabs have air pockets in them, and one of the air pockets popped as I was moving two pans of five crabs each From the hot side of the stove to the cold side of the plate. And they popped in my eye. But I couldn't drop the crabs. I was brought to my knees holding the two saute pans. I couldn't drop them. Somebody came and grabbed them from me. I was able to get my composure together and plate the whole dish. She said they were the best softshell crabs she had ever eaten as well.