Athen Flemming

Culinary Steward

What do you do on a daily basis?
My job is to keep the kitchen area clean and stocked so the chefs are prepared to do their jobs to the best of their ability.

Who is your culinary icon?
Emeril Lagasse

Who is your favorite food TV personality, past or present?
Emeril and Rachael Ray

What’s your favorite cookbook?
Bobby Flay's Throwdown

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?
I think everyone knows it's cheese! Yuck.

What’s your favorite condiment?
Ketchup

What’s the first dish you learned to make?
Salad dressing from scratch

Sweet tooth, salty tooth or both?
Both sweet and salty

What kitchen tool can’t you live without?
Sharp knife

What music do you like to listen to in the kitchen?
Mostly old school R&B

What’s your favorite food scene from a movie?
In Big Momma’s House with Martin Lawrence, when the whole family was in the kitchen making dinner for the holiday, Southern-style

What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Cognac

If you weren’t in food, what career would you have liked to have tried?
Real estate

What’s your favorite “food city” to visit?
Anywhere in the South — I love Southern cooking.