Hot Chef: Marc Plessis is bringing his culinary expertise to Pennsylvania 6

 

Marc Plessis definitely makes our hot chef list.  Credit: Pennsylvania 6
Marc Plessis definitely makes our hot chef list.
Credit: Pennsylvania 6

 

The French-born, well-traveled, master of restaurant openings Marc Plessis says that all his career moves were intended to finally bring him to Philadelphia. He’s been doing alright in Philly, too. The former chef de cuisine at XIX just helped open the kitchen at the new Pennsylvania 6 in Midtown Village. We chatted with him about his past, his latest project, and that fascinating Pennsylvania 6 marrow bone-turned-whiskey luge that everyone is buzzing about.

You were born in France. How did you eventually end up in Philly?

We moved to Kentucky when I was 11 because my dad was working for Laughing Cow cheese and they have a factory there. Getting to Philly was a long process of culinary travels, it was not by accident. I was working with Hyatt and I had my eye on the one in Philadelphia.

So that’s how you ended up opening XIX. You’ve been a part of other restaurant openings, too, right?

Yes, I’ve done quite a few. I’ve opened in Atlanta, Chicago, and Miami. The one in Miami — Hotel Victor — was the most challenging one because we were opening an entire hotel from scratch.

Do you consider yourself a Philadelphian?

That’s interesting. Atlanta was kind of my first home, and I’ve bounced around a lot since then, spending two or three years in one place. It eats you up. Philly was planned from the get-go. After I left XIX I was trying to open my own place and things didn’t happen. I was concerned because I put so much energy into being here. I stuck it out and luckily for me it worked out. The long term goal is to be in Philly and be a Philadelphian.

Everyone is talking about this bone marrow and whiskey luge. Can you explain that?

It’s a split femur bone. It’s called a canoe cut because they cut it in half lengthwise. It exposes the bone marrow, which we season and roast and top with a crust. It’s rich on rich and it’s got a lot of textures. You scrape out the marrow with a little spoon and once you’re done you have the option of doing a shot of Woodford Reserve down the center of the bone. It’s like Jager shots down an ice sculpture, only it’s the food version.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

PHOTOS: More than $12 million in heroin, crystal…

Authorities seized more than 44 pounds of heroin and 17 pounds of crystal meth from two stash houses this week during a Manhattan drug bust.

Local

How to donate during the blood drive at…

The Metro-North Railroad and New York Blood Center are hosting a blood drive at Grand Central Terminal Thursday.

Local

Bloomberg launches $50 million anti-gun violence effort

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on a grassroots anti-gun violence network to challenge the National Rifle Association.

Local

East Village woman fights off rape attempt from…

An East Village woman fought off an attempted rapist that she woke to find standing on her bed over the weekend, police said.

Books

Becoming friends with New York City's oldest known…

"The Life and Times of Richard Musto" tells the story, through a poem, of the oldest known homeless man in New York City.

Movies

Interview: Johnny Depp says he looks like himself,…

Johnny Depp talks about his new sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," not wearing gaudy makeup and wigs for a change and how he's a bit of a Luddite.

Movies

Review: 'Heaven is for Real' tries to be…

The mega-bestseller "Heaven is for Real" becomes a movie that tries to portray wrestling with faith — or at least it tries to try.

Movies

Slideshow: Check out Johnny Depp looking weird through…

Johnny Depp says he looks like himself in "Transcendence." He usually doesn't. Here's a slideshow of his weirder faces.

NHL

Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

NHL

Islanders back to rebuilding mode after disappointing season

One season after qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2006-07, the Islanders finished 2013-14 with a 34-37-11 record.

NFL

Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…

NBA

Knicks, Nets rivalry never materialized despite national attention

When the NBA schedule was released, the league anticipated an intense rivalry between the Nets and Knicks with all four games slated for national TV.

Wellbeing

Cognitive skills begin to drop at age 24

But the news isn't all that bad.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.

Career

How to get a job at a startup:…

We talked to Tarek Pertew, one of the co-founders behind Uncubed, about how to get your dream job at a startup.

Parenting

The 'smartest' summer camps across the country

See a list of summer camps across the country that emphasis learning, while still being fun.