One of my favorite spices is the Indonesian long pepper. It is a relative to black pepper but hotter and more complex with hints of bay and ginger. Today, long pepper is an extremely rare ingredient in European and American cuisines. It’s mostly found in Indian, North African, Malaysian, and Indonesian cuisines.
I use long peppers in ceviche, escabeche, desserts, and with Jamaican pickling techniques. One of my favorite applications is with chocolate, the sweet and spice application always turns heads – especially with other chefs who are familiar with the spice trade and the history.
Chef Robert Gadsby is the Corporate Chef at Ridgewells with a background of 15 years in world cuisine. Gadsby’s specialty is progressive American cuisine.
Chef Gadsby has worked with an array of international chefs. The British-born Gadsby graduated from Westminster College in London with an Associate degree in Culinary Arts. He then completed a one-year externship in Milan with well-known chef Gualtiero Marchesi, an architect of Italian modern cuisine, before traveling to France, where he worked with legendary chefs Alain Chapel, Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon. Gadsby also spent time in Japan, Singapore and Thailand before heading to the United States, attending New York University and receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in Studio Arts, also from New York University.
Gadsby continued his work and refined his culinary craft in various restaurants under a handful of renowned chefs, such as Tom Colicchio at Mondrain, Thomas Keller at Rakel and Barry Wine at the Quilted Giraffe. Throughout his career, Gadsby served as executive chef at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, became a partner and served as concept chef for three establishments within Omni Hotels as well as served as chef and owner of Bedford by Robert Gadsby in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Ridgewells, Gadsby was the Chef De Cuisine at Mussel Bar by Robert Wiedmaier in Bethesda Maryland.