Jamie Leeds began her career in New York’s Union Square Cafe where owner Danny Meyer quickly promoted her and then sent her to train in Europe. After returning to the States, Leeds helped create menus in New York, San Francisco and Chicago before landing in D.C. and eventually opening up the popular neighborhood seafood joint, Hank’s Oyster Bar. A third Hank’s is scheduled to open on Capitol Hill this summer, but today we turn the tables and grill the chef.
What’s in your fridge or freezer that would surprise people?
Quorn meatless, soy free garlic and herb chick-n cutlets.
Last meal you cooked for yourself?
Chicken caccatiore, fettucine
Last meal on earth?
Which six people — alive or dead — would you choose to attend your ultimate dinner party? What would you serve?
Barbara Lynch, Gabrielle Hamilton, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, my great grandmother and Gloria Steinem.
Lemon garlic roast chicken, caramelized potatoes, carrots, onions, arugula salad with lemon and parmigiana, flourless chocolate torte, vanilla bean ice cream.
What non-food-related things do you do for fun?
Go to the movies, bike ride
If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?
What’s on your DVR?
CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood