Thomas Keller ties himself into an apron. Joel Gott does not. “I have three kids, so I usually just hose myself down,” Gott explains.
“Downtime is rare for these two guys, but they have come together to collaborate on dinner at Gott’s home. The kitchen area used to be five small rooms, before the Gotts—Joel and his winemaker wife,Sarah—reinvented it is a single, airy space. Food is prepped on a huge soapstone island and cooked at a four-burner Wolf stove with a big French top.”
“The family meal has always been a staple for Gott. He grew up in a wine-industry family, and his parents often entertained clients. In fact, the pancetta-wrapped shrimp that Gott will grill this afternoon is his mother’s recipe. Despite his many obligations, the Taylor’s co-founder rarely misses a dinner with Sarah and the children.”
“Fried Chicken Night began as an every-other-week event at Ad Hoc, but it was so popular that Keller now does it weekly, alternating Mondays and Wednesdays. ‘I ran a triathlon in May,’ Gott tells him. ‘We had a team, and some friends of mine were another team. The bet was for fried chicken at Ad Hoc. We won. It was delicious.’”