We caught up with four Durham chefs who represent the diversity of the city’s food scene. Find out why the chef and owner of Watts Grocery, Amy Tornquist, loves working in Durham and who inspires her cooking.
Who are your influences? My family really influenced and influences my cooking. Over the years, many folks in Durham and other places have shared recipes and stories that have become part of our repertoire. One of our early recipes was from Alfreda Kaplan, an old friend of my mother’s.
If someone could only order one item off of your menu… Currently, I would say order the Kinston- inspired fish stew.
Why do you enjoy working as a chef in Durham? I was born about a block from my restaurant and about 10 blocks from my house, so I can't imagine working anywhere else. Durham has a varied culinary culture and a wonderfully vibrant arts scene – it totally over delivers for a city of its size.