Chef Charles Childers encourages teamwork in the kitchen

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Chef Charles Childers encourages teamwork in the kitchen

Nature’s Oasis chef has made a career out of culinary communication
Charles Childers, executive chef at Nature’s Oasis, chops vegetables Thursday. Outside the market, he has taught knife skills and cooking techniques through the Cooking Matters program.

Chef Charles Childers encourages teamwork in the kitchen

Charles Childers, executive chef at Nature’s Oasis, chops vegetables Thursday. Outside the market, he has taught knife skills and cooking techniques through the Cooking Matters program.
Behind the chef

What is your favorite thing to cook?: I can’t go so standard as to just say bacon. Bacon’s far and away my favorite food. I guess a good cheeseburger for me is the hardest to beat. If I go to a new restaurant, I generally have the cheeseburger first, figuring if you can’t make a good cheeseburger, there’s no point in probably trying much of the rest.

What do your friends and family ask you to cook the most?: They always ask me to do the main protein. Thanksgiving they ask me to do the Turkey, Christmas they ask me to do the prime rib, I generally get tapped to do the main entrée.

Who is your favorite cook?: Probably (American restaurateur and writer) Thomas Keller. He has made a name for himself by just coming up through the ranks and doing things right and learning from the right people. He’s a down to earth guy. I really love his cookbooks and his ideology of kitchens, how people should be treated, how everybody has their specific job.

What is your favorite ingredient to cook with?: Salt. People really underestimate the power of salt. Salt is a fairly unique ingredient and is only one of two inherently organic ingredients on the planet, the other being water. Salt is the only rock we eat, and it affects food in so many different ways.

What would you like to cook but have never tried?: I would really, at some point, like to learn true Thai cooking. I think the amount of ingredients, the diversity that they can do with it- I’d really like to immerse myself in all that. In Thailand, and everything.

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