Sunday, April 02, 2006
Ikan Taotjo, Thandua Korma, Lamb Sis, Walnut Lamb, Atjar Kuning, Paprikiascirske, Sate Daging, Kofta Kari, Mushroom Vindaloo, Masak Ajam Bumbu Bali (aka "Hubba Bubba"), Pursindahr, Calamari Titi, Dragon Chicken, Krupuk, Opor Udang, Gado-Gado, Persian Prawns...
This is just a small sample of some of the amazing dishes we cooked when I worked at the world's best resturant, India Joze in Santa Cruz, California. Just writing these words makes my mouth water. I'd happily take an emp tumis or bowl of dahl now.
I worked there, on and off but mostly on, from 1983-1990. It was hard work, and sometimes a pain, but now that I look back I realize what an incredible experience I had during that time. We worked with some of the most creative, beautiful people in Santa Cruz, we cooks were famous all over town for our wonderful dishes, and best of all we got paid for being creative and exploring the world through cooking, eating, and making people happy.
Joseph Schultz (aka JSFTW, His Imperial Jozeness, Jozseph Schultz) was the founder and inspiration of the resturant (in the top and bottom pictures above). He is one of the most creative people I've ever known---a true artist who to this day provokes me to be more creative in life.
Paul Lenik (aka The Big Guy -- pictured above in the middle picture) was the day-to-day heart and soul of the kitchen at India Joze. I have never worked with somebody who worked so hard every day. Paul was an amazing chef and a really nice guy too.
India Joze has been closed for some years now, but I'm still in touch with a few of the people who worked there (hi you guys!) and I'm always wondering what ever happened to everyone else. If you're out there and beat the astronomical odds of seeing this website, give me a shout.