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Pollack is the executive chef and owner of the trendy Sotto restaurant in Los Angeles, a southern Italian restaurant that specializes in Neapolitan cuisine. Along with chef and partner Steve Samson, Pollack was awarded a Rising Star Chef Award in 2010. He's a fierce talent in all things Italian, including blistered Neapolitan pies, braised meats, pasta dishes, and other treats that will make your heart skip a beat—his good looks are just the cherry on top.
Date-night dinner: I'm a big fan of spackcock chicken cooked under a brick in a hot cast iron pan. I'll season the bird the day before (assuming I'm thinking that far in advance) and dry out the skin with my lady's hairdryer 20 minutes before I plan to cook it. The crispy skin and juicy meat never fail to get lots of oohs and ahhs.
Favorite way to sweat: I love distance running. There's something cathartic about running long distances that you don't get on shorter runs. It's like a vacation for the mind, because there's really nothing else you can accomplish during a run. You can't check emails, place orders, return phone calls. It's just you and the road.
Food splurge: I don't have a huge sweet tooth when it comes to dessert, but I love a sweet brunch—yeasted waffles, pancakes, French toast. There's a place by my house in Silver Lake that has, unequivocally, the greatest French toast I've ever had, perhaps that has ever existed. It's crunchy on the outside, fluffy in the middle, and comes atop a scoop of creamy mascarpone and marinated figs. It is the definition of irresistible. Period.
Feast your eyes on these super-sexy, talented chefs who are spicing things up both in and out of the kitchen
Feast your eyes on these super-sexy, talented chefs who are spicing things up both in and out of the kitchen.