Cafe Society

Part two: Z Cuisine's Charles MacDonald destroys Oreos

Charles MacDonald Z Cuisine 2239 West 30th Avenue 303-477-1111 www.zcuisine.com

Don't miss part one of Lori Midson's interview with Charles MacDonald, the chef de cuisine of Z Cuisine.

Rules of conduct in your kitchen: Less grammar, more hammer. I say that a lot in the kitchen, but seriously, take your time and do it right is what I tell all of our stages. We do simple food at Z, and in order to pull that off, we have to do it right every time. We also put a lot of effort in finding the best ingredients we can, so it's important that our products are treated with the respect they deserve. On our plate presentations, the rim within the rim has to be clean. Nothing can be on the rim. I can't stand it. Fix it or redo it. And I also don't allow any handling of raw foods with bare hands. And clutter drives me crazy. If you've got the time to lean, you've got the time to clean.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Lori Midson
Contact: Lori Midson