What is Chris Hastings’ favorite cuisine?
I love all food. I’m drawn naturally to the Italians and their sensibilities. I think their passion for eating and life and the way that it’s simple and casual, but at the same time brilliant and precise and beautiful, is certainly attractive to me. Of course, all Southern culture and food — which is a very diverse tapestry of things that everybody tends to whitewash as one-dimensional. There’s so much to Southern cuisine. I’m finally getting to understand it a little bit better. I love that. I also love all Asian foods and cultures. Talk about simplicity and technique and deliciousness.