Welcome to Toast and Talk! Each month, we’ll sit down for a conversation with chefs, restaurateurs, business owners, and fellow foodies who inspire us and love food just as much as we do.
You may recognize New Orleans native David Guas from his frequent appearances on “The Today Show,” “The Talk,” “Food Network,” “CBS This Morning: The Dish,” or his role as host and co-judge of Travel Channel’s summer competition series, “American Grilled.” Today, he is the chef and owner of Bayou Bakery, where he showcases the soul of the South in his delicious, Louisiana-style favorites and signature desserts in Arlington, Virginia.
What is your favorite toast?
My favorite toast is the Bayou Avocado Toast – it features Arugula, Radish, Crispy Farro, Lemon and Arugula Salad, Cayenne Oil, and Maldon Sea Salt.
What is your favorite thing to order at Bayou Bakery?
Our Arm Drip Sammie is hard to beat – it’s our Roast Beef Po Boy with sliced Roast Beef in Gravy, Sauteed Sweet Onions, Mayo, and Swiss Cheese between Leidenheimer Bread.
Who is your biggest food inspiration?
At this point in my career, I’m inspired by great minds, running great businesses – it’s about more than just the food. I would say my dearest friend, Linton Hopkins (Atlanta, Hopkins Kitchen) is an inspiration.
What’s your go-to weeknight meal to cook at home?
A go-to meal is Anchovy Pasta – I prepare it with spaghetti and an Anchovy Cream Sauce with Garlic, Dijon, and Capers. I garnish it with diced Tomatoes and fresh Parsley.
If you could have dinner with or cook with one person, who would it be?
I would love to cook with my grandfather, if he was still alive, as he had so much passion around being Cuban and the food of Cuba!
What’s your favorite food destination and why?
Within the US, it’s New Orleans. So much is happening in the city right now, with an explosion of young talented chefs. There are so many different types of styles there now post-Katrina, and as a New Orleans native, I just love going “home” to sample new restaurants and bars.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one food, what would it be?
Well, I don’t think I could survive on it, but I would say Oreos!
Sweet or salty? Salty
Burger or hot dog? Burger
New York or Chicago style pizza? New York
Soup or salad? Salad
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
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