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“Should I go home and shave or something?”

I’m stumped. For a split second, I think Elliott Moss is trying to make me laugh. I’ve met Elliott on three separate occasions before today and his whiskers are always at day three of a five-day rally. Maybe today was his day five?

“Dude?! For me?”

He breathes a sigh of relief and mentions he’s sort of pressed for time. He’s been invited to New York City to cook for a gathering of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants of 2017 and he has ten days to prepare. And although we’re what I’d call acquaintances, I’d say he was just a bit nervous. That’s not much time to pull off such a feat and there’s very little margin of error. Friends may forgive a slightly overcooked steak at a backyard gathering but with the nation’s food press and their respective Instagram accounts breathing down his neck, he’d better get it right.

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