He was a well-liked executive chef -- and TV star, winning his episode of Chopped, handily -- when he hung up his toque, moved from The Churchill to a rented space on Robertson Blvd., and started boiling pickle jars. Now Bruce Kalman's company, Bruce's Prime Pickle Co., is hitting its stride -- and is about to expand.
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With a staff of six and a rented kitchen, Kalman churns out six different pickled vegetable combinations: Garlic Dill Horsey Cukes, Sweet Cab Onions, Bloody Mary Asparagus, Cucumber Kim Chee, Curried Cauliflower and Chi-Town Giardiniere. Readers with a taste for tang (or perhaps with a bun in the oven) can buy jars for themselves at the Cheese Shop in Silverlake, Farmshop, The Oaks Gourmet, Bob's Market in Santa Monica, Lindy & Grundy, and Clover Juice. The burger-obsessed will find his work at Umami Burger -- atop their patties and served as a separate pickle plate. And some of the country's top rocket scientists are fueled by his produce every weekday. (Really. Turn the page.)
Squid Ink caught up with Kalman in his kitchen to talk pickles and passion projects.More »