Really loud rap music and expensive food

Southern fried: Apparently, you can’t take the South out of Jacob Sessoms. Photo by Anthony Abraira

Jacob Sessoms, the James Beard Award-nominated chef and owner of Table, wants to keep it simple. "For anyone who likes to eat oysters, oysters are obvious," says Sessoms. "So is raw fish. Eating something so pure when you eat all the time, that's what really counts. But, for me, what really is my favorite thing and the most meaningful thing to my palate is pork and really spicy food. That's all I really want."

Course 1: Three raw Prince Edward Island oysters, as cold as possible with nothing else.
Course 2: Three pieces of raw fish with salt and lemon. I want fluke, blue marlin and salmon belly. Unfortunately, that all comes from different waters, so the sustainability is not very good, but … whatever.
Course 3: The food I cannot ever get out of my craving is a carnitas taco with cilantro and lots and lots of chilies. Something so spicy that my eyes start watering when I eat it and a glass of bracingly acidic wine, probably chenin blanc or riesling.
Course 4: For dessert, all I want is a glass of bourbon. I don't need anything sweet, I just want the bourbon.

Who with? As cheesy as it sounds, there's only one person I really like to eat with, and that's my wife.

Where?
I don't think it really matters. My front porch? Sitting on the sidewalk? Somewhere outside, certainly.

Listening to what?
Probably loud, dirty South rap music. Yeah. If I were going to die right now, I would want to listen to Travis Porter as loud as possible. That's my favorite thing to do, is listen to really loud rap music and eat expensive food. I'm serious. If I had my choice and I was sitting in a loud restaurant, it would be playing extremely loud rap music. In fact, I repeatedly try to put it on in my own restaurant and my front of the house managers are like, “You can't play that in here!”

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