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Cook of the House: Nick Husbands of Ajax

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Name: Nick Husbands

Position & Restaurant: Executive Chef at Ajax Diner

Where are you from? Lloyd, Florida (Just east of Tallahassee)

How did you get into cooking? It all started with the roasting of marshmallows in the woods.

What is the best thing about your job? The people I work with.

Who is your favorite cook/chef? My dad.

What kitchen tool/utensil could you not live without? Cast Iron Skillet

What is your favorite flavor combo? Duck and Red Wine.

Name three items in your fridge: Butter, Beer, and Eggs

Where do you get your best recipe ideas? I pick a protein, and read about a half a dozen recipes. Then I’ll just come up with something.

What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten? I once had elk, bison, and wild boar on the same plate. The bison stole the show.

What is the weirdest meal you’ve ever eaten? Squirrel Dumplings

Personal specialties: Chopping onions really fast and Dutch ovens outdoors

Favorite midnight snack: Ritz crackers and peanut butter.

Favorite kitchen music: The Rat Pack, 80s hair metal, and 90s R&B

Who would you most like to cook for and what would you prepare? Harrison Ford. Smoked Tauntaun sliders with Corellian Coleslaw.

Where do you like to dine in Oxford? Ravine, Jinsei, Volta, Blind pig, Snackbar.

Favorite restaurant in the world: Ajax!!

Aspirations: Travel and Retirement

Fried catfish…eat the tail or no? I’m ok with that. 

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Know your Bartender: Maddie Manansala of Snackbar
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