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Bocanova Restaurant, Oakland

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Cuisine: Restaurant,Family Style Restaurant
Contact: (510) 444-1233
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How did Rick Hackett, a chef with classical French training and a California-Mediterranean repertoire, come to open a Pan-American Kitchen, honoring and adapting the raw materials and culinary sensibilities of Central and South (as well as North) America? It all started with the staff meal , the informal repast restaurants serve to staff members before every shift. All too often, this is a last-minute, thrown-together affair. Hackett has always felt that any food made in a professional kitchen should reflect the standards and talents of those preparing it. A good staff is a restaurant's greatest asset, so they should be well-fed. My Peruvian sous-chef and our mostly Hispanic staff started making dishes for the family meal inspired by the food of their homelands, Hackett explains. The meals were fantastic! I realized that what we were eating in the kitchen was every bit as good as what we were preparing for our guests, and I decided that it was about time to celebrate the contribution Latino cooks were making to the rich culinary tapestry of San Francisco.ac