What made you go into the restaurant business? My father is Italian and very enthusiastic about food. I remember when I was a kid that he loved to experiment in the kitchen. It was always fun helping him. I guess that's where I found my love for cooking. What inspires you? I have many friends that are also chefs in New York City. I think that we all inspire each other. I am always looking for something new and different, whether it be an ingredient or technique. Is there a food or a dish that you could eat every day if you could get away with it? I love Asian food. I would eat Chinese food everyday if I could. I mean—scallion pancakes!? Yes please. What's your favorite food spot on the Upper East Side? I love Sushi Yasuda. Once you eat sushi there, it will be very hard to ever go anywhere else ever again. It is the freshest fish I have ever tasted. It melts in your mouth. What's the current dining trend or fad you wish would go away? I don't want any dining trend to go away. As long as people are going out to eat I will always have a job., and the trends make it easier for me to understand what it is that the people like to eat. Everyone must not forget that us chefs are here to provide a service. And as much as I love creating new and exciting dishes, it is the people who decide what the trends are.
Joseph Capozzi will be joining the best chefs of the Upper East Side at The Art of Food on October 13th for an exciting evening of specialty cuisine and beverages paired to compliment art from Sotheby's. To get tickets, click here. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to City-Meals-on-Wheels.