Burning Questions

Roble's right-hand man explains what happened with that 40-minute salad at Tyson Chandler's event.

Jul 11, 20130

Bravotv.com: That 40-minute salad. What happened? It didn't seem like you and Roble thought there was anything with taking that long. What happened?
Adam C. Banks: Let me clear some things up first. That salad didn’t take 40 minutes or 25 minute as the other crew said. Finished plates were out the door no longer than 15 minutes from when we got a confirmed go-ahead to start the first course. Artie, Shawn, and the rest of the front of house crew were so overly eager to please Tyson and his guests, that they were not looking at the big picture, and because of their impatience, overinflated the actual time it took to get those plates out. Put it this way: remember as a child, when you would buy an ice cream or popsicle from the truck in the summer? You stand in line, the guy in the truck finally takes your order, and you hand him your crumpled bills. He doesn’t give you what you want right away, he takes two more orders, then disappears to the back for what seems like an eternity. You stand eager, anxiously awaiting for the guy to return with that sugary, cold concoction that you saw pictured on the side of the truck. Now 10, 15, 20 minutes go by, easily! Then he finally returns, hands you your overly frozen treat, and all your anxieties melt way as quickly as that mediocre, fluorescent popsicle. In actuality, it only took 30 seconds to get that popsicle, but in your head it seemed like a drastically longer period of time. 

Same thing happened with the salad. They wanted it so bad, their sense of timing was way off. There was really no rush. Tyson and his guests were out there enjoying their drinks and having a good time. The kitchen is not going to compromise the integrity of the food so guests who are not in a rush can have plates in front of them four minutes faster. Not happening.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of Roble and Kiku's conversation about last week? How do you think they both handled the situation?
AB: I think that Roblé and Kiku both made valid points during their talk on what happened with that dessert debacle. I know they will work things out and both try to avoid getting into situations like that in the future.

Bravotv.com: Kiku's been setting you up! What do you look for in a woman? Do you think Kiku's a good matchmaker?
AB: I like a woman who is a good balance and a contrast at the same time. We share common interests but both bring something different and interesting to the party. Oh yeah, a nice smile too. Kiku does a good job matching people up. She’s done it before with much success. Anishika and I had a lot of fun on our dates, but unfortunately she had to move for work. We still keep in touch, and we’re gonna hang out the next time I’m in L.A. 


Could it have been just a communication problem when planning the menu?  If Roble is a good chef, then he knows how long a dish takes to "create".  Maybe a little planning ahead or having a couple of extra hands?


Adam I understand what you are saying about the 40 min salad but the problem was communicating from the beginning what the timing will be. People should not have to wait. The integrety of the kitchen is on the line but if the front of the house does not know what the back is doing and why they are doing it ... how can they explain to all customers why it is taking so long. I would like to know if you could do it over again, how would you have improved on the timing. I have watched a ton of cooking shows on TV and I have never seen one of them take 40 min on a salad. The critics always have positive things to say as well for the winners of contest on these food shows. If any should have been yelled at that night it should have been you. Honestly that 40 min salad must have tasted better than anything out there. I would like to also hear from the people who ate the salad to see if they thought it was worth the wait. I believe you are a terrific chef, but 40 min..... come on now. :) LOL My husband would have passed out by then. LOL :) Love the show! One more thing. Timing is important also because some people are on medications that require that they eat before taking it. If there were people who were time dependent out there, waiting can compromise their health. In that case, a person might have to take the option of leaving before they could enjoy the 40 min salad.