Hollywood restaurateur Fulvio Sardelli Jr. is turning the third floor of his family's pricey, beachside steak house into a chef's room where he'll soon serve tasting menus for groups as small as four and as big as 30.
"For me, it's not about eating," he says. "It's all about entertaining and the people who come into the room."
"I'm here 24/7," he says. "I live it, I eat it, and I don't know how to do anything else."
He seems torn over how chefs like Miami's Michael Schwartz, who now runs a small empire of restaurants, and Dave MacMillan, co-owner of Montreal's Joe Beef and whom Sardelli worked for when he trained at Le Globe, do it. He loves the fraternity of life in the kitchen.
"Dave used to put me in a headlock and tell me my sister was a whore," he says and laughs. He doesn't ever see himself getting out from behind the line.
"You go from chef to businessman," he later admits. "I used to envy people in office jobs, but I can't do it."