|Photo by Nancy Rose|
Meet Aleric Constantin, current grill cook at Michael's Genuine
and the cycling chef. Aleric attended Le Cordon Bleu, and upon his graduation worked in the kitchen of Eating House
for a six-month period before moving on to Michael's Genuine.
His time with Giorgio Rapicavoli and presently Michael Schwartz is what's shaped his food philosophies: he wants to use only the best, healthiest, and most sustainable products. He's also very much into molecular gastronomy and growing his own produce, something he used to do when he lived in the Pinecrest area. Anything from Swiss chard to carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers, peppers and even edible flowers were all part of Aleric, or AJ's, homegrown grocery list.
He would pack his chef whites daily and ride his bike down to the Design District, sometimes arriving soaking wet to work his station, not because of sweat, but because a storm caught him halfway. "Water makes everything grow," says AJ.
Wanting to do something on his own, as any cook dreams, AJ combined his two biggest passions, bikes and bites, to create his company Sear'N Gears, which he's launching within the next couple of months.
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