Bill Fuller of Big Burrito

Big Burrito’s head honchef gives us a glimpse of what its like to manage 16 restaurants, shares the “tough life” of having to taste all that food and picks the best meal he ate last week.

Monday, what did I eat? Not much to report, it was a weak start.

Tuesday, for lunch, I had a Mad Mex review. Tasted ALL the fajitas, compared a new cut of steak with the current flank, tasted barbacoa and steak tacos, steak quesadillas and spicy steak burritos. (We see a pattern.)

For dinner, went to Soba and tasted menu items with Executive Chef Dustin Gardner. Shisito peppers, green bean tempura, chicken soup dumplings, lobster tacos, shiitake dumplings, tuna tartare, hamachi sashimi, sea bass satays, tea leaf salad, bass entree, duck entree. (We empathize. Life is so hard.)

Wednesday, I had the vegetarian tasting menu at Kaya. It was a super busy veg night! Went really well. (Again, life is so hard.)

Thursday, Friday days – I was at my son’s school, doing cooking demos for the kids, eating zucchini pancakes with tomato jam all day. I invented a new cleanse after drinking raw zucchini juice to impress the kids over a two day span. (Okay maybe we have a little bit of pity for this one.)

Friday night, holed up with the boy (wife and daughter were at girl scout camp). We watched a Godzilla movie and had a pizza.  (Awwww.)

Saturday night, my son and I hit the upstairs bar at Eleven – We had strip steak, Carolina gold rice arancini, scallop app, mussels, gnocchi, and a random Movie Action Hero sighting! (He means Vin Diesel.)

Sunday night was first night of the week family was together. I made a version of soup au pistou – dried beans, carrots, celery, onions, lots of garlic, tomato sauce, farmer’s market corn with fresh pesto from the last of the basil in the yard.  Best meal of the week hands down.

But if I had to pick a best meal that I didn’t cook – I’ll say Kaya. Kaya was awesome because it is the prime harvest season, Ben (Sloan) did an awesome job, it was a beautiful night, and we had a restaurant full of happy people!

Leah Lizarondo

Leah Lizarondo is a food advocate, writer and speaker. She is also the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, an organization that seeks to eliminate food waste to make an impact on hunger and the environment. She is the Chief Veghacker, recipe creator and curator at The Brazen Kitchen, where she writes about food and food policy. She writes about the intersection of food, health, innovation and policy.