A new restaurant! A new baby! Is there anything this super chef couple can't do? Well, they don't sleep much.
It's been quite a year for Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, the husband and wife culinary force behind Joule, the three-year-old gem shining bright in Wallingford. At the beginning of 2010, chef Rachel and Seif marched into Kitchen Stadium to compete on Iron Chef America. (They lost to Jose Garces, but it was close.) This summer, the couple had their first child, a son named Pike.
Just last week, they welcomed another new baby, Revel, an instant hit dishing up Asian street food. (Hello! Can we get an order of duck balls over here?) Yes, this sweet new spot in Fremont is the more casual incarnation of its big sister, a place where you can get a fix of meaty rice bowls, noodle pancakes topped with pork belly and ice cream sandwiches spiked with chili.
Congrats to both of you on your new babies, the restaurant and your new arrival. Do you ever find time to sleep?
Rachel: We don't get to sleep much. But we don't really mind. Both of our babies, Pike and Revel, are so amazing. Pike is on our schedule going to bed at 1 in the morning and sleeping through the night.
SW: What's different about Revel? Are you going to split time there?
Rachel: We call Revel, the casual, urban, fun sister of Joule. Everything about Revel is different from Joule. You will see one of us at Joule and the other at Revel at any given night.
SW: How has Joule evolved?
Rachel: Joule just had its third anniversary. Our menu is more eclectic than ever. Our Urban BBQ Series and Winter Supper Series have loyal followers who come every Sunday. We wanted to bring exciting combination of flavors that we have at Joule but to keep it in familiar form that you can have it everyday.
SW: How did you two meet?
We worked side by side for a year and half at Alain Ducasse in NYC.
What's it like to work with your husband/wife?
Rachel: It's so amazing to share the passion and dream with each other every day. But it can be too much when you get up talking about work in bed.
Check back for part two of this week's Grillaxin Q&A with Rachel Yang.