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SI: How did growing up in L.A. influence your world view about cooking?
AR: There's so many places to go. All the little holes in the wall are the best places to eat. As a teen I'd just go to Thai Town and go to wherever was open late, and order whatever I could pronounce.
SI: What other restaurants do you like in L.A. when you do have free time to eat out?
AR: It's a broad spectrum. I can go to a taco truck and be happy. The Galley in Santa Monica is one of my guilty pleasures. Mozza, the Osteria, I really think they do a great job. The Hungry Cat always makes the top 5. It's a good hang out. Nothing better. Great drinks. Cold beer. Oysters, clams.
SI: What do you specifically have to look forward to?
SI: What are you going to do for your mom for this Mother's Day?
AR: I think we're going to light up the grill and grill some chicken, keep it simple and nice.
SI: So there's no sort of tradition after she helped you get started?
AR: Not for Mother's Day. The big holiday for us is Thanksgiving. I buy all my vegetables from the farmers' market, and bring them over. I wake up at 5:00 in the morning and I bust out a big meal. My mom stresses out, though. She's just now thinking that I know how to cook. It used to turn into fight; she'd always look over my shoulder to see what I was going and tell me yes or no. Now she's released the kitchen to me. Although she's concerned because I'm used to a professional kitchen so I'll be stacking pots on the stove. I end up ruining her kitchen.
SI: Well, I'm sure your family gets a great meal out of it.
AR: Very true.