After a one-week, weather-related hiatus, "What's Eric Eating" returns with Beaver's chef Arash Kharat. The chef and pitmaster joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss the career that's seen him evolve from a pop-up legend into one of the rising stars of Houston's culinary scene.
How does a trained chef become interested in barbecue?
"It all goes back to getting to play with fire, knives, meat. Especially being in Texas and my love for 44 Farms, it all just made sense," Kharat says. "All my buddies do barbecue: from Ara [Malekian of Harlem Road Texas BBQ] to Blood Bros. and a couple other guys I love hanging out with. Me, being their little pit rat, helping them out where I can, I fell in love. It's really mesmerizing what you can do with a piece of meat and some smoke."
The conversation touches on a wide array of topics including the chef's first year at Beaver's Westheimer, the status of the reopening of Beaver's original location, Kharat's long-term future with the restaurant, and the inclusion of his wing recipe on the menu at The Charter Oak, a casual restaurant in California created by chef Christopher Kostow, the culinary titan who leads the three-star Michelin Restaurant at Meadowood. Kharat and Sandler wrap up their conversation with the five question lightning round.
Prior to the chef joining the show, Urban Swank blogger Felice Sloan and Sandler discuss the news of their week. Their topics include Jennifer and Bryan Caswell's departure from Oxbow 7, the reopening of Fluff Bake Bar's dining room, and the openings of the Italian American Grocery Co. and Willie G's. In the restaurants of the week segment, the duo share their first impressions of Montrose honky tonk Goodnight Charlie's and Cafe Annie's newly opened Prime Room.
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