Top Ten—Ryan Lewis, Driftwood, SPRINGFIELD

Top Ten—Ryan Lewis, Driftwood, SPRINGFIELD

The top ten things currently rocking this chef's world.

September 22, 2016

Meet Ryan Lewis, the mega-talented guy responsible for making all that Central Illinois goodness sing at his Springfield spot, Driftwood. He's got a flair for the homespun and a soft spot for Wild Turkey — you're practically soulmates, already!  


1. Pickled Stuff 


If you're missing anything in your cooking it's typically an acid. Vinegar, sugar, a little water, perfect combination.

2. Wild Turkey Manhattan


Perfect, up, brandied cherry. No better way to end a shift then to fall into one of those beauties. 

3. Oversized Edison Bulbs


Is there anything sexier from the street then a 14" Edison lightbulb over the bar? 

4. STL Cardinals


Hometown love, favorite way to spend a Sunday with my three year-old, Hollis. 

5. My Old Hat  


There have been people who don't even recognize me without it.



6. My Boxer


No one has been through more with me than my trusty 12 year-old boxer.

7. Charcuterie


Salty cured goodness. That is all.

8. Beer Dinners


Monthly chances for me to play with new ideas and try something different. 

9. Deli Cups


I can't think of anything they can't do. Best kitchen invention ever. 

10. My Farmers


If you use the best ingredients, then you don't need to do a whole lot to them — and the best ingredients come from the best farmers. 

BONUS!


11. Kitchen Shishitos 


Speaking of great ingredients, roulette anyone? A bad night on the line quickly gets turned around when you throw those guys in a pan and coax the staff into participating. 



ILLUSTRATION BY LIZ NOFTLE | Collage by ChefsFeed

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