SCOTT WINEGARD

i never met a vegetable i didn't like.

Walnut. Herbs. Radish. Celery. Tomato. M.A.K.E. Santa Monica View high resolution

Walnut. Herbs. Radish. Celery. Tomato. M.A.K.E. Santa Monica

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OCEAN INSPIRED. chef scott. oyster mushroom. ocean water. local kelp. watermelon radish. parsnip purée. wild strawberry.
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matthewkenneycuisine:

OCEAN INSPIRED. chef scott. oyster mushroom. ocean water. local kelp. watermelon radish. parsnip purée. wild strawberry.

Peas. Beans. Buddha Hand. Amuse. M.A.K.E. 2012 View high resolution

Peas. Beans. Buddha Hand. Amuse. M.A.K.E. 2012

This is what I have been up that’s keeping me busy. View high resolution

This is what I have been up that’s keeping me busy.

food republic. http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/10/09/vegan-chef-and-texas-reason-bassist-kale-new-pork


Scott Winegard, a full-time chef, is reuniting with his band Texas Is The Reason.
Scott Winegard, a full-time chef, is reuniting with his band Texas Is The Reason.
 
Winegard's carrot salad.
Winegard’s carrot salad.
 

Scott Winegard is a busy man. This month he’ll juggle the debut of M.A.K.E. — a raw food restaurant in Santa Monica, where he is Director of Culinary Operations — with the highly anticipated reunion of Texas is the Reason, the mid-1990s emo band for which he served as bassist. (On October 10, TITR plays a sold-out show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg.)

The 40-year-old (mostly) vegan chef boasts an impressive resume both in and outside the world of vegetarian cooking. Over the past decade, he’s taken up residencies in the kitchens of New York’s Flatbush Farm, Angelica Kitchen and Pure Food and Wine (where I served as the pastry chef), as well as Noma, where he recently served as a stagiaire. Even in his downtime he finds an excuse to stay in the kitchen, hosting a Brooklyn-based private dinner series called Nasturtium.

We caught up with Winegard days before the reunion shows to talk about plant-based diets and its place in the world of fine dining. Just don’t mention tofurkey, lest you want an eye roll in response.

As a chef who feeds vegans and raw foodists, how strictly do you adhere to a similar diet?
I eat mostly vegan, but I’ll eat anything if I know I can trust the source. I was a super strict vegan for 10 years, but the more I took cooking seriously, the more I wanted to experience some foods I never had. I’m happy with the balance I have now.

Do you ever feel you are missing out on certain culinary experiences, like nose-to-tail cooking or the Bacon Explosion?
No — like I said, I’ll try almost anything if I know where it comes from.

How would you say vegetarian cooking and eating has changed over the last decade?
When we first started Texas is the Reason, all of the members were vegetarian or vegan. But we all ate like shit, especially on tour — lots of Taco Bell and Denny’s. Veganism is a bit more accepted now and we have more options. But there are also a lot more processed fake meats out there and at this point in my life I find that stuff really annoying.

How so?
It just annoys me, especially when people think they’re eating healthy. That stuff is just as processed as its real version. I’d prefer that people enjoy vegetables.

Why do you think it’s so difficult for vegetarian restaurants to attain Michelin-level success?
There are a few: Kajitsu in New York, Joiaia in Milan and Ubuntu in Napa. I just don’t think there are enough vegetarian chefs that have the training or knowledge, let alone vegetarian chefs that even know what a Michelin star is.

Maybe they should all follow your lead and apprentice at Noma. How did working in a non-vegetarian restaurant inform the way you cook now?
I loved it at Noma. I was really into the idea of what they do there and followed them closely, and it definitely helped solidify my style of plant-based cooking. Plus, being around all these other great chef stagiaires from around the world was inspiring.

What kind of advice would you give to a meat-and-potatoes guy who wants to convert to vegetarianism, or at least incorporate more plants into his diet?
When I went vegetarian it was a way for me to stop eating chicken, which I hated. I would say take it slow, find the balance that works for you, and do whatever makes you feel good. You don’t have to go cold turkey. There’s a lot of information out there.

Still, vegetarianism/veganism carries a stigma. How does someone adopt a plant-based diet without falling into the trap of looking like a hippy dippy, sprout-loving, Californian?
Easy. Don’t put avocado on everything and never ask for a side of ranch dressing.

What are five pantry staples everyone should have when they are cutting meat and/or dairy from their diet?
1. Really nice oils, vinegars, and sea salt. A great olive oil is key. Bariani is a top notch brand. 2. Quinoa. It’s simple to cook has a ton of protein and lots of flavor. 3. Tahini. You can make so many sauces and dressings with it. Sesame is also high in calcium. 4. Kale. It’s the new pork belly. It’s hip and tasty. 5. I try and go to the farmers market at least once a week to pick up whatever vegetable I am craving. Talk to the farmers. Ask how to cook stuff. There is always such a diverse selection of fruits and vegetables. Just try not too buy too much of anything or it’ll go to waste.

Name the manliest vegetable in the plant world.
Hmm… good question. A beefsteak tomato.

Cauliflower . Preserved Lemon . Walnut . Harissa. plantLAB testing for M.A.K.E. Santa Monica. View high resolution

Cauliflower . Preserved Lemon . Walnut . Harissa. plantLAB testing for M.A.K.E. Santa Monica.

Spring Salad. Matthew Kenney OKC.  View high resolution

Spring Salad. Matthew Kenney OKC. 


PLANT LAB. testing dishes for Santa Monica. #lovely #rawfood 
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PLANT LAB. testing dishes for Santa Monica. #lovely #rawfood 

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swimming-ly:

With stints in several award-winning NY kitchens, high profile clients calling on him as a private chef, a recent stage at Noma (the Denmark restaurant thought by many to be the best in the world), his pop-up vegan dinner club Nasturtium, and new ventures with Matthew Kenney like Chicago’s In The Raw, Scott Winagard is a busy man. That isn’t likely to change with the recently announced reunion of his mid-90s post-hardcore band, Texas Is The Reason. Scott slowed down long enough to talk about the five(ish) records that changed his life.
5 Records That Changed My Life – Scott Winegard 
Beastie Boys, Liscenced To Ill
I just bought this on CD for cheap and I put it on in a car that I have been using for work. It brought me right back and I found myself so stoked and still knowing all the words. I was 14 when this came out. Me and my friends communicated through the lyrics of every song. It was like our new language. Too bad we probably didn’t even know what we, or they, were talking about. R.I.P. MCA. 
Minor Threat , Out Of Step
Trying to remember the first time hearing Minor Threat… I definitely remember a skate spot in my town that an older skater friend wrote on the wall, “We’re Just A Minor Threat” and the black sheep. I think Betray might be one of the best opening tracks on any album ever. 
Bad Brains, I Against I
I loved Rock For Light and the Roir Tape. I went to Slipped Disk my local metal/punk record store on Long Island when this came out and there was a display of sorts, I remember being so stoked and the owner told me he thought it kind of sucked. I really didn’t trust him and bought it anyway. I’ll never forget being in the furnished basement of my parents house and putting it on for the first time. The intro blew my mind instantly. I think Sacred Love and Re-ignition were my favorite songs for the rest of my teenage years.
Rites Of Spring, End On End
End On End changed my whole view of punk and hardcore. I told a friend I really liked some of these hXc bands where the singers actually sang. He had just bought this at Venus Records and we heard that Guy was now in a band with Ian from Minor Threat. He hated it. I took it from him so I could tape it, and I never gave it back. I played it over and over. Still do. It made me want to play the bass, it made me want to be in a band, and it made me realize that hardcore wasn’t totally about being a bald tough guy. I loved the Cro Mags but I connected with the whole Dischord/revolution summer thing way more.
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Post-Hardcore. This came out when I was in a band with some friends called Fountainhead. We got compared to Rites Of Spring and Quicksand. I’ll never be bummed at that. Our singer’s girlfriend at the time left this at my house and it was just incredible — the prettiest loud and heavy music I ever heard. So glad I got to see them play. Unbelievable.
George Harrison, All Things Must Pass
I have to sneak in a 6th. Like any normal person, I became obsessed with the Beatles. I always loved George. I found this on vinyl and opened it up with the killer poster and 3 LPs. It just rules. It’s got the best vibe and feeling for any record and blows away any of the post-Beatles stuff. 

swimming-ly:

With stints in several award-winning NY kitchens, high profile clients calling on him as a private chef, a recent stage at Noma (the Denmark restaurant thought by many to be the best in the world), his pop-up vegan dinner club Nasturtium, and new ventures with Matthew Kenney like Chicago’s In The Raw, Scott Winagard is a busy man. That isn’t likely to change with the recently announced reunion of his mid-90s post-hardcore band, Texas Is The Reason. Scott slowed down long enough to talk about the five(ish) records that changed his life.

5 Records That Changed My Life – Scott Winegard 

Beastie Boys, Liscenced To Ill

I just bought this on CD for cheap and I put it on in a car that I have been using for work. It brought me right back and I found myself so stoked and still knowing all the words. I was 14 when this came out. Me and my friends communicated through the lyrics of every song. It was like our new language. Too bad we probably didn’t even know what we, or they, were talking about. R.I.P. MCA. 

Minor Threat , Out Of Step

Trying to remember the first time hearing Minor Threat… I definitely remember a skate spot in my town that an older skater friend wrote on the wall, “We’re Just A Minor Threat” and the black sheep. I think Betray might be one of the best opening tracks on any album ever. 

Bad Brains, I Against I

I loved Rock For Light and the Roir Tape. I went to Slipped Disk my local metal/punk record store on Long Island when this came out and there was a display of sorts, I remember being so stoked and the owner told me he thought it kind of sucked. I really didn’t trust him and bought it anyway. I’ll never forget being in the furnished basement of my parents house and putting it on for the first time. The intro blew my mind instantly. I think Sacred Love and Re-ignition were my favorite songs for the rest of my teenage years.

Rites Of Spring, End On End

End On End changed my whole view of punk and hardcore. I told a friend I really liked some of these hXc bands where the singers actually sang. He had just bought this at Venus Records and we heard that Guy was now in a band with Ian from Minor Threat. He hated it. I took it from him so I could tape it, and I never gave it back. I played it over and over. Still do. It made me want to play the bass, it made me want to be in a band, and it made me realize that hardcore wasn’t totally about being a bald tough guy. I loved the Cro Mags but I connected with the whole Dischord/revolution summer thing way more.

My Bloody Valentine, Loveless

Post-Hardcore. This came out when I was in a band with some friends called Fountainhead. We got compared to Rites Of Spring and Quicksand. I’ll never be bummed at that. Our singer’s girlfriend at the time left this at my house and it was just incredible — the prettiest loud and heavy music I ever heard. So glad I got to see them play. Unbelievable.

George Harrison, All Things Must Pass

I have to sneak in a 6th. Like any normal person, I became obsessed with the Beatles. I always loved George. I found this on vinyl and opened it up with the killer poster and 3 LPs. It just rules. It’s got the best vibe and feeling for any record and blows away any of the post-Beatles stuff. 

Wild Foraged Morels. Asparagus. Thyme Infused Walnut Cream. Walnut Crisps. Red Buds. View high resolution

Wild Foraged Morels. Asparagus. Thyme Infused Walnut Cream. Walnut Crisps. Red Buds.

butternut squash. smoked kale. maitake. View high resolution

butternut squash. smoked kale. maitake.

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