Chef Steven Hartman Of Le Vigne: Inside The Chef’s Kitchen #14

steven-hartman-itckSteven Hartman is still a relative unknown around these parts, but that doesn’t mean we’re the least bit upset to have him here on Inside The Chef’s Kitchen.  As it turns out, the young chef of Le Vigne restaurant at Montaluce Winery has already made quite the impression on many Atlanta bloggers and foodies.  Like many others, I first stumbled across Hartman during that trip.  Since then I have been dying to get back for a meal all my own.

Though Hartman is a transplant from the highly regarded Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN, he already seems right at home at the Dahlonega-based winery.  If you don’t have a chance to skedaddle up to Le Vigne, you can follow all the action from Steven’s blog, humorously named Hogballs & Mountain Dew.  He also drops in over on twitter via @hogballs.

Fear not ladies and gents, Steven won’t actually serve you any hog balls (unless maybe you ask him).  In any event, we’re glad he took time out of his day to drop in here.  So grab your morning coffee, sit back and relax, and welcome to ITCK!

1. What is your favorite ingredient? Vinegar

2. What is your least favorite ingredient? Truffle oil

3. James Beard Award or Michelin Guide star? James Beard

4. What turns you off? Clutter

5. What is your favorite curse word? Fuckin’ A

6. What one item must you have in your kitchen? Vita-prep

7. What one item would you ban from your kitchen? Aluminum cookware

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? fly fishing guide

9. What profession would you not like to do? baby sitter – sometimes this is the job description

10. You are faced with the choice of selecting your last meal, what’s in it? slow cooked pork shoulder, grits, collard greens, field peas, with lots o likker

Alright ya’ll, that’s all for now.  See you next week!

About Inside The Chef’s Kitchen

ITCK is a weekly series featuring an Atlanta area chef or culinary personality.  It is based on the Proust Questionnaire and inspired by James Lipton’s Inside The Actors Studio.  You can find all the posts here on by clicking here.  Also, you can follow it via twitter at #itck.

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