Chef/Owner, Marigold Kitchen
Sophisticated and deliberate – this is how Chef Eric Leveillee has defined the 5 and 11 course tasting menus available at Marigold Kitchen. His cuisine is best described as New Nordic and focuses heavily on using solely seasonally relevant ingredients that are sourced locally – often within a few blocks of the restaurant. Half Tastings are available Tuesday through Thursday for $50 and Full Tastings are available daily for $100 per person. A card is required to book and cancellations within 24 hours will be charged $30/seat.
Working as the Chef-Owner of Marigold Kitchen since 2014, Kochan developed a deep interest in bringing on talented chefs and helping them to succeed in their individual ways. Since then, he has hired the exceptional Chef Eric Leveillee to helm Marigold Kitchen’s tasting menu formats and has partnered up with longtime colleague Chef Tim Lanza to open the upscale bar and refined eatery, TALK in the Rittenhouse neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Giving young chefs a chance to showcase their unique styles and cuisines
Always push the limits of what you’re doing and keep innovating
Tasting the results of our latest tests and discussing future projects
Purchasing new and exotic ingredients to play around with so that the whole staff can be familiar with a wide variety of flavors and textures.
One thing at a time, pay attention and don’t walk away from anything on high heat
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
Philadelphia has as much cultural diversity as any other big city, but the number of restaurants representing those cultures has boomed in the last decade and we have a wide array of amazing restaurants with food and drink from around the globe.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
“The forager” breakfast sandwich at High Street on Market. Its a mushroom, kale and swiss egg sandwich. I am by no means a vegetarian but I do love mushrooms and its a nice light breakfast.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Sleeping. Let’s be real. I wake up between 7:30 and 8
10:00 AM – Drinking green tea with lemon and ginger and taking a daily inventory of the tasks for the afternoon and evening
12:00 PM – Eating lunch, usually assorted roasted vegetables and fiber crackers, and answering emails
Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Oyster Bar. They have amazing raw oysters but also a truly special Cape-style shrimp roll. They also have great martinis, for when lunch is a celebration…
7:00 PM – Reading one the books I have from the restaurants that I follow around the world to find inspiration and to find new ideas to test in the kitchen.
11:00 PM – Winding down with my fiancé and watching some show before bed – we just finished The Sopranos and we’re currently on The Wire.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? Sparkling water. Can’t live without it. I’ve been testing some kombuchas recently and while I really do love the health benefits they can often times be a little too acidic for my stomach.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?Instagram. I love seeing what the folks at 108 are up to. Their handle is 108cph and they are doing some cool things these days.
What should everyone try at least once?
That’s a nutty question. I’ll always try something, anything, at least once. Whether its dancing the samba in public, diving with great white sharks or eating rocky mountain oysters you need to just open the floodgates and let it happen – I’ve done two of those three and I’ll let you guess at which ones…
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Chinatown. This should be everyone’s choice as well. There are so many more exciting cultural options than just the stereotypical chinese-american restaurant if you dig in and just try new things – Terakawa for ramen, Dim Sum Garden for xiao long bao, Nom Wah for very nice teas and fried crab claws – they’re all amazing