Web Extra: In the Kitchen With the Playground's Jason Quinn

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This week's cover boy is Jason Quinn, the hell-raising chef of the Playground in downtown Santa Ana

We spent a day in the kitchen with 25-year-old Quinn and his "ragtag team of dedicated lunatics." Read the story here and check out this video filmed by Kevin Lara and edited by CJ Miller.     

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Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

I get the no well-done meat philosophy, and I like it. The mayo issue I didn't like understand until I looked at it as I do with music. Art is, fundamentally, about communication and if someone requested that I send them a track that I made but to take out the vocals and turn up the drums, I simply wouldn't do it. It is no longer my vision on what that song is and is suppose to be. 

I'm not sure how well that translates into food as a whole, but since I also view food as an art, I can understand it, and I think if people starting looking at Jason's food not simply a tasty nourishment, but as his art, it'd make more sense, and maybe even respectable, especially as a movement to change how people view great innovated cuisine. However, while both food and music are art, they are still very different mediums, and the same ideas or paradigms may not apply to both equally. 

Annie Nguyen-Habermann
Annie Nguyen-Habermann

So the "no well-done meat" policy I can get behind (sort of), but really?  Not willing to hold the mayo for someone who requests it?  I love mayo, so I would enjoy every bit, but half the people I know are not fans.

Señor Ben Dayhoe
Señor Ben Dayhoe

One could argue that the Playground guys see their food as art, and ordering it is no different from purchasing music.

Would someone say "I'll take a "Jay-Z: Heart of the City"...but can you please hold the bass line"?   ;)

JB
JB

LMFAO @ "Bring something from Food4Less, I'll cook the shit out of it for you, no problem" 

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