Committee Member: Robbie Wilson
Silicon Valley - Cultural Minister/Chef/Owner of Bird Dog Restaurant and Lé Fantastique
Most wouldn’t expect a world-class chef and owner of a world-class restaurant to be skateboarding vertical ramps or clashing heads in rugby in their free time, yet if there is one person who strays away from norms, it is Robbie Wilson. Wilson is the owner and a chef at Bird Dog restaurant in Silicon Valley, though he says his best dish is found on the dance floor, “I have candy in my heels,” jokes Wilson. A lover of sports, champagne, and a clean car, Wilson can be found at his restaurant in Palo Alto, though if he isn't there he is likely on a regularly scheduled trip or tearing up a dance floor.
Downtown Palo Alto.
Public schools all the way through. BFA political science.
Tie: Playoff hockey and EPL.
Rugby, skateboarding vert.
No such thing. I’m undeniably fortunate, I travel regularly.
Yakushima Island (Japan).
One that is cooked with soul and purpose.
Lavinia’s Coconut Cake.
I’m best at cooking on the dance floor. I have candy in my heels.
Sushi Saito (Tokyo).
Hitler, Trump, and Pol Pot. I would drive us off a cliff. Do humanity a solid. Please tell my wife and son that I love them very much.
Monday Night Football.
Godfather II, Dr. Strangelove, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction.
Tie: Hulk Hogan and Sean Connery.
The National, Husker Du, Nas.
Hamilton (original cast).
1964 Shelby Cobra Roadster “Dragonsnake".
1988 Toyota Landcrusier.
Negative. I have trust issues.
Every day. Panerai Luminor 8-days.
1968 Rolex Paul Newman Daytona.
Mezcal and Champagne (independently of one another).
Vodka is the polyester of alcoholic beverages. Gin is the cashmere. Gin.
When/if needed. Frédéric Malle "Vetiver".
Summer Beaujolais fall/Winter Hermitage.
Just one? Too difficult: Chablis or Reisling.
Car wash. I’m type-A. My car is black. This is essential for a clear mind.
Hanging with the little man, Colt (my son).
If something gets in your way…back up a little, build more speed, and go right through it.
That it is, in fact, a "lifestyle” more than a career.
Cultural minister/Chef/Owner of Bird Dog Restaurant and Lé Fantastique.
To phase out all "best of” lists and labels.
I do not have tattoos. I do my best to stay fit and healthy. I default all available time to my family. In the Chef community, I guess this makes me a non-conformist of sorts.