The Local Voice

Know Your Local Cook: Drew Bear


Name: Drew Bear
Position & Restaurant: Cook at Proud Larry’s; waiter at Bottletree Bakery
Hometown: Huntington, West Va.
Who is your favorite cook/chef? Pablo the Potter
What kitchen tool/utensil could you not live without? Cast iron skillet
What is the best thing about your job? I get paid to make food and flirt with pretty girls.
What is your favorite flavor combo? Ham and pineapple or chocolate covered pretzels.
Name three items in your fridge? Apple wine, Hummus, and Venison
Where do you get your best recipe ideas? Necessity and available resources.
What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten? Any good crawfish boil, cold beer, sunshine.
Personal specialties? Deer Stew.
Favorite midnight snack?  Cookies and milk.
Favorite kitchen music? Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, and pre-Nebraska Springsteen.
Who would you most like to cook for, and what would you prepare?  Jesus; cherry cheesecake. I doubt he got to eat any his first go-round. I bet he’d like it.
What herbs do you grow in your own garden? Oregano, Basil, Peppermint, Snap Peas. Nothing notable.
Where do you like to dine in Oxford? El Mundo Taqueria.
Favorite restaurant in the world? Rocco’s Ristorante, Ceredo, West Va.
Aspirations: Farmer / Life changer.
Fried catfish: eat the tail or no? Depends on the company. But usually, why the hell not?

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