The Celebrity Chef Demo and Wine Tasting is always one of the most popular activities at Second Sunday–really, free food and wine, what’s not to like? Next up: The Palace Restaurant. We took a few minutes to ask Executive Chef Jose Salazar five simple questions:

How long have you been a chef?
I’ve been cooking for roughly ten years, but have been a chef for about three years.

What’s your best cooking tip for the culinary-challenged?
My best tip would be to try to keep things simple. A lot of good cooking is using the best ingredients you can find and not overmanipulating them.

What is your favorite dish to make?
I gotta say the one question chefs get the most is “What’s your favorite dish?”, and really that’s probably the hardest to answer. I really like slow cooked braises and stews, but obviously they are dishes that are good during the colder months.

What is your favorite dish to eat?
A simple, perfect, pizza margherita would be my favorite thing to eat.

What, in your opinion, is the best thing about The Palace (besides the food)?
Our staff. I have some of the city’s most knowledgeable, talented, and passionate servers and cooks. We are in it for the love of it, as well as the challenges and surprises that every day brings.

Join Chef Salazar and the team from City Cellars for the demo at 2:30 on August 8th at Falling Wall Condos (1419 Main Street)!