3 questions with Chef Duane Nutter of One Flew South

Photo credit: Duane Nutter, executive chef of One Flew South. Heidi Geldhauser.

Credit: Carolyn Desalu

Credit: Carolyn Desalu

Photo credit: Duane Nutter, executive chef of One Flew South. Heidi Geldhauser.

Who’s your chef?

Duane Nutter, executive chef of One Flew South, offers anecdotes about airport restaurant life, an unconventional food request and more in this edition of "3 questions with."

What’s the most unconventional food item someone has asked you to prepare?

Once, when I was working at The Ritz-Carlton, someone, via room service, requested egg white omelets with diced hot dogs and raw onions—the onions had to be raw. The hotel had a kid’s menu, so hot dogs were available, but I had to leave the line, get the manager on duty to open up the storeroom, get the hot dogs and prepare the dish while there were 400 other people dining [in the main restaurant].

Currently, what’s the most popular item on your menu?

This week it’s the pork belly sliders; last week it was the hamburger. Earlier this year it was the spicy tuna rolls followed by the thyme roasted pork belly with a black-eyed pea salad and arugula salad. Those four items rotate for the number one spot.

Is it more challenging as an executive chef of a restaurant at an airport or an in-town restaurant?

It’s the same challenges as an in-town restaurant, but add things like national security and more. There have been two or three bomb threats that people probably didn’t hear about in the news; everyone is on the train, so when it breaks down, they are late; a plane had a fire and deliveries were prohibited because the delivery gate was closed, but I was running out of food. There are a lot of unforeseen things that happen that has nothing to do with the regular food world.

BONUS: When you’re not at One Flew South, where do you dine in Atlanta?

Lately, my favorite place has been El Super Pan. I’ll sit at the bar and eat a Cuban sandwich, empanadas with the spicy chile oil or something [special] that [the staff] makes for me.

One Flew South, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Concourse E, 6000 N Terminal Pkwy., Atlanta. 404-816-3467, www.oneflewsouthatl.com.

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