Chef Five Bites: Eric Ziebold

Growing up in Iowa, CityZen's Eric Ziebold was inspired by his mother's simple, seasonal cooking. Before solidifying his reputation as one of DC's top chefs and winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef Mid Atlantic in 2008, Ziebold worked at Vidalia, then Spago in LA, followed by The French Laundry under chef Thomas Keller. Ziebold went with Keller to New York to assist in the creation of Per Se before being tapped by Mandarin Oriental to helm CityZen.

1. Ma po dou fu at Mark’s Duck House (including the leftovers re-warmed with a fried egg on top)

2. My entire last meal at Bistro Bis, but most specifically the quenelle de poisson soufflé

3. Asparagus at Brabo

4. Corned beef sandwich at Deli City

5. 1970 Ducru Beaucaillou (Thank you for sharing, Mr. Don Rockwell.)

(And a bonus just 'cause: the truffle broth at Inox)

Previous Chef Five Bites: Cathal Armstrong, Dani Arana, David Guas, Josh Short, Michel Richard, Haidar Karoum, Ryan Morgan, Shannon Overmiller, Anthony Chittum, Jonathan Krinn & Jon Mathieson, Victor Albisu, Vatche Benguian, John Snedden, Nicholas Stefanelli, Travis Olson, Brian Robinson, Cliff Wharton, Alex Bollinger, Massimo Fabbri, Daniel Bortnick, Rob Weland, Olivier Perret, Dennis Marron, Dean Gold, Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio, Geoff Tracy, Bart Vandaele, Rodney Scruggs, Clayton Miller, Alex McCoy, Steve Mannino, Will Artley, Kyle Bailey & Tiffany MacIsaac, Santosh Tiptur, Barton Seaver, Glenn Babcock, Antonio Burrell, Claudio Pirollo and Mickael Cornu, Wesley Morton, Scott Drewno, Ellen and Todd Gray, Philippe Reininger, Tom Wellings, Adam Lippe, Allison Sosna, Barry Koslow, Polly Brown, Joe Palma, RJ Cooper, K.N. Vinod, Kate Baltren