Cafe Society

Round two with Hugo Matheson, exec chef of The Kitchen

Hugo Matheson The Kitchen Boulder & [Upstairs]; The Kitchen Denver 1039 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303-544-5973 1530 16th Street, Denver; 303-623-3127

This is the second installment of my chat with Hugo Matheson, exec chef of The Kitchen. Read part one of Matheson's interview.

Favorite restaurant in America: After all these years, it's still Chez Panisse. Passion leads the way in everything they do — it's like being in someone's living room — and you eat the same food that the staff eats, which is just brilliant. It goes back to why we should treat others the way we want to be treated. It's a restaurant that's as much for the customers as it is for the people who work there.