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My Dad's a chef: What's in your lunchbox?

My Dad's a chef: What's in your lunchbox?

School starts this week all over town and we at CultureMap, while appreciative of the very important learning going on, found ourselves thinking about food... again. We're lucky enough to know a few chefs around town, some of whom have kids; and that had us wondering, if my Dad were a chef, what would I get for lunch?

So we did what we do best, we asked.

Philip Speer is the Director of Culinary Operations at Uchiko and, more importantly, Dad to 12 year-old Ella, who headed off to 7th grade today. Philip and Ella were kind enough to let us look over their shoulder as Dad put together one to-die-for lunch sure to make Ella's teachers, if not her friends pretty jealous (not sure how popular Onigiri is with 12 year-olds). Thankfully, Ella hopes to be a chef one day like her Dad, she loves this stuff. Check out the video to see what's in Ella's lunchbox. Here's the menu:

  • Onigiri stuffed with pork belly
  • Nori strips
  • Trail mix - chocolate, candied pecans, almonds, pistachios
  • Fresh strawberries and blueberries
  • Icelandic honey yogurt dipping sauce
  • Fresh pickled cucumbers
  • Worms and dirt - chocolate mousse, ground cookies; homemade strawberry, cucumber and watermelon gummi worms
  • Ramune Japanese soda

Sandwich wizard John Bates runs Noble Pig, a little restaurant with big buzz on the northwest side. John is the man in charge of the house lunch specials, not just at Noble Pig, but also at home. 13 year-old Ivan and 9 year-old Lorretta are the envy of their classes because their lunch bags rock. Here's a video on how John likes to prepare the kids favorite lunch, The Elvis.

  • The Elvis - organic peanut butter, banana, house-cured Noble Pig bacon on house-baked honey wheat bread.
  • Vanilla yogurt sweetened with honey and granola
  • Noble Pig fresh pickled vegetables
  • Kettle chips
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Courtesy of Uchiko
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