10 Thoughts from Steven Jayson

10 Thoughts from Steven Jayson

  1. One thing you don't know about me is that I enjoy playing bluegrass banjo.

  2. If I could trade places with one chef it would be my mom. Moms have the toughest job out there. They cook for the same crowd three times a day, forever, and they're only as good as the last meal they've cooked.

  3. One of my most memorable meals was at a New York City restaurant. I was sitting across from the woman that I knew I would eventually marry. I have no idea what I ate.

  4. If there were no chocolate, I'd have no reason to live.

  5. My go-to drink is anything with vodka, a nice cold beer or the perfect espresso.

  6. If I was on death row my last meal would be a soupcon of lobster risotto, American Kobe porterhouse steak (nice and thick), classic Lyonnaise potatoes — two orders (skip the vegetables), warm flourless chocolate cake, an ice cold beer and a perfect espresso to finish it off.

  7. The thing I hate most about this business? After 35 years, there really isn't anything I hate. It's really been a great adventure.

  8. If I could change one thing about me, it would be to take life a little less seriously. But that's tough to do because chefs are so passionate about everything we do.

  9. My favorite junk food is out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies or curly fries.

  10. If I weren't a restaurant operator I'd love to be a doctor by day and a rock star by night.

Steven Jayson is vice president and corporate executive chef of food services for Universal Worldwide.