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Agatha Kuluga, co-owner of Ovenly in Greenpoint: My father fed me tripe soup and head cheese sandwiches from the time I was little. He never actually told me what I was eating, which was smart. He is responsible for my love of all things salty and weirdly textured...and for my insatiable appetite!
Erin Patinkin, co-owner of Ovenly in Greenpoint: Though my dad doesn't know much about cooking—his specialties are coffee made in a Keurig and well-well-done steaks on the barbecue—he is enthusiastic about eating. Since I was a kid, he has been very supportive of my culinary experimentations... especially when he has had the opportunity to taste the results. His favorite: my chocolate chip cookies with sea salt."
Richard Gibbs, chef at Battery Harris in Williamsburg: My father ate whatever my mother made so he didn’t talk about food so much. But my grandfather, Max, was the ultimate gourmand. He was always cooking, and he always cooked a lot of offal: tripe, cow brain, cow tongue, etc. What influenced me the most, though, was how he only ever ate his eggs soft boiled, coddled, or poached. To this day, I love undercooked eggs.