Chef Q & A: Dec. 8

Bruce Kretschmer

Restaurant: Kretch's, 527 Bald Eagle Drive; 394-3433

Title: Owner/executive chef

Years at current restaurant: 21 years

Where did you do your training?

I went to college at the University of Denver and received a bachelor of science degree and business administration with a major in hotel and restaurant management.

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Photo by ROGER LALONDE

What was your first restaurant job?

I worked for John R. Thompson restaurant chain.

How long have you been a chef?

Forty-three years.

Where do you eat out on the island?

I usually enjoy going out for pizza. (Café) Bubbalini.

Do you cook at home? If so, what do you cook for your family?

Yes. I do a lot of smoking and barbecuing.

What's your favorite meal?

Barbecued ribs.

What's your specialty? Why?

I'm usually best at home-style cooking. I've done a lot of it; things like chicken dumplings which is something that takes a while to cook instead of just opening a box.

What's your favorite ingredient?

Garlic.

What's your restaurant's biggest challenge?

It's always been staying consistent and maintaining our reputation. We've been here 21 years and a lot of restaurants have come and gone.

What's your most popular dish?

Seafood strudel.

What is it that you like the most about your profession?

I'm my own boss.

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