Q&A: Alexander Crabb of Asta


Already a cook by age 16, Alexander Crabb’s diverse chops include seven years as executive sous chef at L’Espalier and a two-month apprenticeship at Copenhagen’s vaunted Noma. In 2013 Crabb opened Asta in Back Bay, where he serves as chef and co-owner. Here, at this more minimalist tasting-menu-only establishment, Crabb’s classical French background mingles with a found-and-foraged aesthetic that hints at his experience in Denmark yet shines with enthusiasm for New England.

Boston’s best dish:

The rib eye cart at La Brasa in Somerville.

Guilty pleasure food:

No guilt with food EVER!!!!

Kitchen soundtrack:

Today’s playlist before service: Daft Punk, Cold Cave, Dolly Parton.

Favorite food destination:

San Sebastian, Spain.

Cooking inspiration:

To share a bit of inner dialogue without using words.

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