By 2020, Cornelia Suhr, chef de delicacies at Jean-Georges Philadelphia, was a rising star within the culinary world, having labored at Michelin-starred eating places across the globe, together with Atelier in Munich and Alain Ducasse in London.
Suhr’s first chef de delicacies function was on the St. Regis in Dubai, and from there she moved to New York to work as chef de delicacies on the Carlyle, the place she was the primary girl in that function, and most not too long ago at Shun in New York.
Then the pandemic hit. Shun shuttered and Suhr, like many millennials, moved again dwelling to Germany to reside along with her dad and mom for one 12 months. When she noticed that the 4 Seasons Philadelphia was trying to find a chef de delicacies for its new Jean-Georges restaurant, she utilized and obtained the job—after quarantining in Mexico for 2 weeks, as US borders have been nonetheless closed to Europeans on the time.
Suhr, 33, says after arriving in Philadelphia one 12 months in the past when it was principally shut down, she has come to know and love town.
“The neighborhood right here and the way pleasant everyone seems to be—it is so honest and pure,” Suhr says. “After waking up and seeing my dad and mom each day [in Germany]my coronary heart may be very near dwelling, and if I did not have that welcome and neighborhood right here, I believe I’d really feel homesick.”
Suhr says her favourite Philly neighborhood is Outdated Metropolis, the place she lives; she particularly loves morning strolls by way of Headhouse Market.
Suhr shared her favourite locations and issues with Penta.
My favourite place on the earth is… London. Just because it is the one metropolis the place I lived longer than at my dad and mom’ home. Kensington, Mayfair… I like Borough Market and the historical past of town. You watch a film set on the Tower of London and the day after you go and see the combo of the fashionable world and its historical past. You could have the Shard and the Tower—they usually nonetheless match collectively.
The place that evokes me probably the most is… a visit I took to Brazil. I used to be touring for one month and I went to the Amazon and stayed there for under 5 days with a household. They mainly determined to maneuver to the jungle as a result of they did not wish to reside in a metropolis as a result of it wasn’t secure. After I was staying with the household, you noticed the satisfaction and the way fulfilled they have been by the simplicity. They may have been within the metropolis, however they selected to have a easy life-style and revel in that equally as a lot, and that was a second I will always remember in my life.
The one factor I may by no means reside with out in my house is… at my dwelling now, now we have a child grand piano. I all the time wished to play, so I am practising. After I go dwelling and my housemates are nonetheless awake or gone, then I follow and it calms me down. I believe piano music places me in a chilled or uplifting temper earlier than going to work. Music is mostly vital for me.
After I’m touring, I all the time convey… my digicam. It is a Nikon D90. It is like a child to me. It is a bit of heavy, so I am making an attempt to switch it, however a digicam to seize the second is vital to me as a result of once I take that dwelling, it is like I am telling a narrative. Once you seize a sundown or a second in a metropolis or panorama, you present that second. My dream is when I’ve my very own home someday, I will have my images framed they usually’ll information you thru my life and the way I travelled.
My journey uniform is… once I go on flights, I gown virtually pajama-style as a result of now my flights are extra lengthy distance and I wish to be cozy. I attempt to get in a single day flights so I get the utmost quantity out of my keep. I all the time convey a pillow and blanket. I convey my backpack with me and a journal.
The very first thing I do once I examine right into a lodge is… I clean up after which I am able to go. Relying on what time I arrive, I attempt to go for the perfect espresso on the town or a lunch place and attempt to mix it with a museum or one thing that is cultural to actually get to know town or place the place I’m. The market is essential. I like going to markets in different international locations and what I actually get pleasure from goes to supermarkets in different international locations. I can spend hours there simply trying on the merchandise and what they use and seeing what different folks purchase in different international locations.
If I have been to purchase a bit of artwork it might be by… I like Albrecht Durer. I like artwork typically, however I believe I might want to purchase one thing handcrafted from an area market—one thing.
My drink of selection is… since I have been in America, I actually obtained launched to pigeons. If it is someplace elegant and good, a glass of champagne. After I lived within the UK, gin and tonics, and I simply tried Barr Hill gin for the primary time—it’s extremely scrumptious.
My must-have kitchen objects are… a pointy knife. A peeler, spatulas, a turning knife that is sharp—a pointy knife is a should.
My favourite components are… when in season, ramps and white asparagus – and we’re actually lucky to get that from Austria or France, just because it is solely accessible within the spring and it is like Christmas.
The factor that will get me up within the morning is… not as a lot in wintertime, however in the summertime, I depart the home windows open to listen to the birds within the morning. Once more, it is a reminiscence of dwelling. Once we have been younger, we had chickens from the neighbors waking us up in order that the recent air and freshly floor espresso within the morning.
My nighttime ritual contains… turning on a diffuser with lavender and placing on some calming music—classical. It modifications. Just lately I have been listening to plenty of Ludovico Einaudi and Andrea Bocelli.
The restaurant in Philadelphia that I like to take guests to is… Ceiling. It is a enjoyable place. They’ve a rooftop that opens on the facet. The meals is nice and it is a great mixture of a fast chunk and enjoyable drinks.
An individual who impressed me to do what I do is… my oldest brother. He turned a chef and when he was at culinary faculty, he got here dwelling and practiced what he was studying. I used to be 8 and he was 16 and I needed to sit down on the desk and be his guinea pig from him. He would cook dinner and plate the meals and I needed to inform him if I preferred it or not. I used to be wowed by how he mixed totally different flavors and made it style so good. He was my function mannequin and he was so enthusiastic about it, and each time he got here dwelling he’d cook dinner and we might sit across the desk and dine collectively. He is the explanation why I am the chef I’m immediately.
This interview has been edited for size and readability.