But I did. As I sat there interviewing iconic Chef Hoss Zare of Fly Trap Restaurant, he revealed to me a big secret that would change the course of his life after a more than 25 years in the restaurant business. But now that the information is public, I can reveal that he will leave Fly Trap Restaurant to go and document the culinary world in Iran and bring his knowledge back to the United States. Part of me was super excited for him, yet I was also sad that he would leave this legendary restaurant that he built with cuisine no one else really offers in the San Francisco Bay Area. He not only created a restaurant, but a family like community of loyal patrons who come to get their regular dose of “Hossy Hugs” as well as a bite to eat.
I was also surprised that underneath his optimism, warmth and hospitality was a lot of pain that he had suffered with his own health and family. He suffered unimaginable pain and loss back in 2007, which he revealed in this interview. Between his tragic loss and the stress of managing a successful and fast paced restaurant, Chef Hoss also suffered a heart attack just three years later in 2010. He revealed how he managed to heal in this interview–the power of cooking is real. So, I know this is a departure from my regular cooking videos, but I hope to leave you all inspired. I look forward to seeing what he will share when he gets back. He gave me a hint on what culinary focus he is going to take, but I guess I will just have to keep it a secret until he gets back. 🙂
You can check out the interview below, and let me know if you want to see any more chef interviews in the future.