CINCINNATI - We invite you to dig into our weekly column spotlighting different chefs from the Greater Cincinnati area. Each Sunday, WCPO Contributor Grace Yek takes you into their kitchens and talks to them about their food. The chefs reveal their inspirations, philosophies, and provide a glimpse of their authentic selves.
Add a pinch of this and that, and bring hearth cooking to high-end cuisine, and you've got a recipe that's just right for the 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.
Michael Paley does not flinch when faced with a challenge. He took open hearth cooking, a page from Colonial America, and made it his own. You could say he's reinvented fireplace cooking.
Paley is the executive chef at Metropole, the restaurant nestled inside the 21c Museum Hotel. Wood fire cooking is currently in vogue, but it's something Paley thought about three years ago.
Become a WCPO Insider to read about Paley's food philosophy and find out what Paley's essential cooking tools are. There's also a recipe for his favorite dish to cook at home.