If Executive Chef Bill Crouse of Sotto Sopra has been asked once, he has been asked a hundred times about life in a restaurant kitchen by clientele, many of whom are talented home cooks. Proof of this fascination can be found in the success of television's reality kitchen programming: Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen and 2009 entrée into the kitchen reality programming, Chopping Block with the ultimate kitchen tyrant, Chef Marco Pierre White. Chef Crouse has started his own chef reality program at Sotto Sopra Restaurant with Chef-for-the-Day allowing a patron to come work in the restaurant kitchen for a full day. Chef-for-the-Day starts early, is expected to be on their feet all day, maneuver narrow stairwells, work through evening service and will wrap their day in the kitchen with dinner.
Prior to coming into Sotto Sopra's kitchen, Chef Crouse assesses the Chef-for-the-Day's skill level and also offers up an additional challenge of creating a menu promoting them as the Chef-for-the-Day at the restaurant.
Here is what Jackie Knipp had to say about her and her daughter, Megan's experience of working in the kitchen and preparing a prefix menu for friends and Sotto Sopra's guests:
"Megan and I had an amazing experience at Sotto Sopra. It was a true Italian gathering - great food, wine and fellowship in a friendly atmosphere. Everyone who came said that they had so much fun. Many had never been to the restaurant before. They loved the friendly atmosphere and excellent food. I always recommend Sotto Sopra because it is authentic Italian and not the Americanized Italian. It reminds me so much of restaurants we visited in Italy."
For more information on becoming Chef-for-the-Day or buying a Chef-for-the-Day gift certificate for a friend or family member please call Monika Pawlak-Bosio at 410 625 0534.