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  • Drake Mandrell
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Chef Drake


Chef at The Chopping Block since: 2021

Favorite class to teach: Sushi

Training/education: Culinary Institute of America

Cooking since: 1995

Favorite childhood food experience: Catching and cooking fish!

What made you want to become a chef? Love for eating

What is your signature dish? Eggs

What are the 5 ingredients you can't live without? Salt, pepper, butter, sugar, eggs

What do you love about cooking? Using new ingredients

When you're creating a new recipe, what influences and inspires you? My appetite

What advice would you give a new cook? Taste everything.

What are you doing when you're not cooking? Eating

Describe your perfect evening. All-night Korean BBQ

If you had friends in from out of town, where would you take them to eat? Big Jones

Where are you from? Dallas, Texas

What was your favorite vacation? Jay Peak, Vermont

What are your hobbies? Computers and technology

What is your favorite band? Nirvana

What is your favorite sports team? Raiders

If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be? Jeff Goldblum

What are your guilty pleasures? Reeses

Who is your favorite celebrity chef? Emeril Lagasse

What 5 tools should every new cook have in the kitchen? Chef knife, stick blender, silicone spatula, can opener, peeler

What resources would you suggest for Chopping Block clients? The Chopping Block's blogs

List three of your favorite tips or techniques you use in the kitchen. Keep a small container for food scraps, clean as you work, set up your mise en place!


Drake's Favorite Tool


The corn zipper - it's fast and effective!