What’s the one food that Guy Wong just can’t stand?

Plus 12 other questions for the head chef and owner of Le Fat and Miso Izakaya
Courtesy of Guy Wong
Courtesy of Guy Wong

13 Questions is a weekly series where we ask chefs 13 questions to get to know them outside of the kitchen. Guy Wong is chef and owner of Miso Izakaya and Le Fat.

What’s one thing you wish you knew how to cook?
Gordon Ramsay is always talking about beef Wellington. I wish I could make that.

Do you have any phobias?
Public speaking

What’s your fast food or snack food guilty pleasure?
A Krispy Kreme doughnut classic glaze with a glass of milk 

What’s something your son loves to eat that pains you to give him?
There is nothing that he eats that pains me, but I enjoy him asking for chicken feet.


The last show you binge watched.
“Game of Thrones”

 I know you used to work at AIG. Do you miss anything from working in finance?
I miss traditional 9-5 hours and weekends off. But that’s about it. 

Last place you traveled to where you felt out of place?
The beach—being around food a lot makes me self-conscious of my body.

Your parents are chefs. What’s the most important thing you learned from them?
Work hard, keep your head down, and shut up. Stay humble.

Your upcoming Decatur restaurant Big Boss Chinese will have karaoke. What’s your favorite karaoke song?
Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday 

What’s your most awkward dating experience?
I picked my date up and later locked us out by forgetting the keys in the car. 

What’s the one food you can’t stomach?
I can’t stand shiitake mushroom. One time, when I was little and got the flu, my mom made shiitake soup, and the smell filled the whole house. Now, when I smell or eat it, I associate it with being sick.

You’re active on Instagram. Who is the best person you follow?
David Carson [@davidcarson427, the chef at Bacchanalia] always has amazing food photos. Super talented chef. 

Do you have any kitchen nightmare stories?
I get nightmares of my dish washer not showing up to work on the weekend.