Stradford Stone, II: Taste His Success
Stradford Stone first fell in love with food over a stack of his father's pancakes. Crispy, thin and rich, they helped him to understand that not all dishes are prepared equally - that food brings people together and a good dish requires not only skill but love and pride. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Stradford gleans his influences from his southern grandmother, extensive travel and the street food it brings, and a desire to make everything just taste delicious. Stradford's "aha" moment came when he replicated a spicy seafood soup from one of his favorite Chicago restaurants, by taste only.
Since then, Stradford has developed his skills by studying the works of the greats, trial and error, and the determination to make the next perfect dish. He aspires to open a storefront restaurant dedicated to serving an equal amount of vegan and non-vegan fare.