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Chef and Tell, part two: Jorge de la Torre on vegetarians, knives and offal

Jorge de la Torre Johnson & Wales University

This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Jorge de la Torre, dean of culinary education at Johnson & Wales University. Part one of that interview ran in this space yesterday.

Favorite restaurant in America: The Shed in Santa Fe has never varied since it opened, and the No. 5 -- blue-corn chicken enchiladas with red chile and a fried egg on top -- is fantastic. La Posata in Marlton, New Jersey, is in this nondescript strip mall, but it's the restaurant that made me realize what true Italian-American cooking is all about. Until I ate there, I never understood what people were talking about when they said that you couldn't get good Italian food in Denver. I also love the Tadich Grill and House of Nanking in San Francisco, Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas, Shake Shack in New York and JJ Chinese here in Denver. These are the places that never disappoint my wife or me.