NYC’s maestro of manchego broke the mold: Interview with Steve Jenkins
Here's a great interview with Steve Jenkins by Michael Kane at the New York Post. Gregarious only begins to describe this gent:
Q: You had developed a palate by this point, right?
A: No, I was a philistine. I was just charming and articulate. It was practically an acting job, with this huge counter as a stage. I could barely pronounce things. But I made whatever I had look and sound glorious.
I’ve stolen everything that’s made me a success from Europe. My first trip was in 1978, and I imitated every visual that French shopkeepers did.
But I also discovered something that was ultimately more important. I found this peasant discipline in setting up and breaking down a shop counter. I’d be out at Les Halles to watch them set up, and I’d watch them break it down at 7:30 each night.