That Louisville is a foodie town is a given now, but back five, 10, 15 years ago, it wasn’t as revered as it is today. It took top chefs like Seviche’s Anthony Lamas and 610 Magnolia’s Edward Lee to create concepts that would up our ante against competing cities like Cincinnati and Nashville.
Lamas opened Seviche in 2005 to much acclaim and has kept the menu’s Southern-meets-Latin-inspired fare fresh and innovative. He’s garnered national attention for both his restaurant and Louisville, appearing on TV shows like Food Network’s “Extreme Chef,” Cooking Channel’s “America’s Best Bites” and Spike’s “Bar Rescue.” And he’s been a semi-finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Chef several times.
In October, Lamas released his newest cookbook, “Southern Heat: New Southern Cooking Latin Style,” with co-writer Gwen Pratesi. Here he shares more than 125 recipes for some of his favorite dishes. The books is available on Amazon, but you can purchase it in person at Seviche and even get it signed. Also this weekend, Lamas will be at Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 2-3:30 p.m. during The Avenue’s Olde Tyme Christmas celebration.
We caught up with Lamas between booking and cooking gigs to ask him some very important questions …
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I would love to own a cattle ranch one day!
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Hawaiian (comes with ham and pineapple) plus jalapeños.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
17 years old, driving my Volkswagon around Lindsay, Calif., where I grew up.
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
I’ve been told I look like Ralph Macchio from “The Karate Kid.” Also, in high school, I got Prince a lot!
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?