chef(s) @ home – Ethan Ray and Sarah McGregor-Ray

Posted by chaska on March 20, 2009


ETHAN RAY – Chef Tournant
SARAH McGREGOR – Pastry Chef
Currently: The Oakroom

For months now, Ethan and I had been talking about collaborating on one of the BVS Supper Speakeasys and I am thankful we are finally bringing it to fruition this Monday, March 23rd. And, as and added delight, he was able to bring his partner – both at work and home – Sarah, to the table as well. I admit, I haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know Sarah as well, but Ethan has always amazed me with his knowledge and enthusiasm for his chosen profession. But it’s really his thrill to experiment and push the boundaries of expectations that are most exciting. Those who have had the pleasure of trying his (and Sarah’s) creations at The Oakroom in The Seelbach, and those who attend the Speakeasy, will know just what I mean.

Favorite snack food:

All-natural cheetos, fritos, hummus and pita, any kind of sandwich with a fried egg on top, tater tots, graham crackers and milk (Sarah), jazzed-up ramen.

Favorite drink/beverage:

Bourbon and ginger ale, gin and tonic, craft beers, funky red blends, big reds.

Any wind-down habits?

See above. In all truth, we’re both love Barret Bar… Mike Downs is one of our favorite bartenders in town and probably the one we see the most often.

Favorite place to eat besides your own –

Locally: Lynn‘s Paradise Café(for breakfast), North End Café(for breakfast – we crave both the corned beef hash), Proof, Mojito, Café Mimosa (RIP)

Globally: Sepia, Moto, Hot Doug’s, Tru – all in Chicago.

Are you native to Louisville? If not, where are you from? What brought you here?

We both moved here for school. Sarah graduated with an pastry degree from Sullivan in 2006, and Ethan graduated with a culinary degree in 2004. Sarah was born and raised in Florida for the majority of her life, then moved to Burkesville, KY with family, before moving to Louisville to attend school. Ethan was born and raised in Michigan, but spent most of his formative years in Berea, KY before moving to Louisville for his educational pursuits.

Favorite thing about Louisville:

It’s got a lot of small town charm, with the amenities of larger cities.

Who you look up to in life:

The predictable answer… Our parents.

Who you look up to in cooking:

Sarah – Sam Mason – the first chef who’s work I truly fell in love with. Gale Gand and Rick Tramanto – for continued pursuit of excellence and zero compromise for mediocrity. Alex Stupak – for his work in progressing and innovating the pastry world. Ben Roche – he’s an incredibly cool person. Michael Laiskonis – If there’s one chef I’d like to work under, he’s at the top of my list. Julie Child – for the TV shows and learning growing up.

Ethan – In savory cuisine: Grant Achatz, Thomas Keller, Sean Brock, Todd Richards, Michel Bras, Rick Tramanto, Graham Elliot Bowles, Wylie Dufresne, Laurent Gras, Jose Andres, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Tetsuya Wakuda. In pastry: Sam Mason, Alex Stupak, Jordan Kahn, Michael Laiskonis, Ben Roche, Gale Gand, Johnny Iuzzini.

Anything else you’d like to share?
We’re expecting! We have baby boy on the way – due around Derby. We’re probably the only cooks in town who will be actually allowed to have Derby weekend off… I mean, that is if the whole predicted due-date is as predicted. Those of you with kids know what the odds of that are.


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