FOOD- Kitchen Confidential: Chris Humphreys, Fellini's #9
The secret to great cooking is... simplicity. My philosophy is that there should be few ingredients, but they should be treated properly.
The secret to success in the restaurant business is... a bad attitude and a good sense of humor. Have the bad attitude to tell someone when they've done something wrong; have the sense of humor to laugh about it later.
The secret to making Fellini's #9's calamari is... use fresh seafood, and don't overcook it.
Fellini's #9's calamari
Celery– cross cut
Red grapes, halved
Sun dried tomatoes, julienned
Fresh, domestic calamari - cleaned and sliced into rings
Pinch red pepper flakes
Reduced balsamic vinegar
Mix celery, olives, grapes, capers and sundried tomatoes.
In a cold sauté pan add butter, calamari, a handful of the mix, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and sauté until calamari is about ½ cooked– this does not take long! Add spinach– stir spinach until slightly wilted. Do not break sauce or overcook calamari. Serve in a pile in center of a plate, surrounded by pan liquid, topped with a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar.