In the Easy Chair with ... Chef Devin Bozkaya

In the Easy Chair with ... Chef Devin Bozkaya

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AGE: 37.

OCCUPATION: Chef.

RESIDENCE: The world ... and now, Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in Berlin, grew up in Texas, Turkey, Tennessee, Alaska and Seattle.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Getting settled in, getting to know everyone here at the beautiful Weekapaug Inn and preparing for summer.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Being active, outdoors or in ... either on the basketball court or in the gym or playing soccer or snowboarding.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Joining Chef Patrick O’Connell to cook at the White House and getting to meet and shake hands with President Barack Obama.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: My art. I have notebooks full of sketches and drawings from the places I’ve lived. And for passing along information about food.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: To go to Fiji.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: My pocketknife.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A chef ... ever since I was 14 or 15.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My grandmother, Fehamet. I have such wonderful food memories with her. I attribute my love of eating to her.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Aldous Huxley.

I AM READING: “The Good Gut,” by Justin and Erica Sonnenburg.

I AM LISTENING TO: Bob Marley.

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “Moana,” with my daughter.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Stranger Things.”

FAVORITE PET: Pepper, our black lab/German shepherd mix we had growing up.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Braised lentils with rice pilaf.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: A half hour a day.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty ... direct, blunt honesty.

PET PEEVE: Wrapping things in plastic.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: Was from my dad: “Practice harder than you play the game so the game is like a practice.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The water ... the ocean.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Salt.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m a sketch artist.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “Remember, stress can be fun.” — Chef Pat O’Connell. I am still trying to figure that one out.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Be patient with yourself.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Provide food for all and create a fair distribution of food.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Head to Fiji.

I DRIVE A: 2006 white Lexus.

I WISH I DROVE A: Toyota Corolla.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Sriracha.

IF I COULD INVITE A FEW PEOPLE TO A DINNER PARTY, I WOULD INVITE: Dame Judi Dench, Thomas Keller, Tom Hanks and George Carlin.

— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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