"If this goat, let's say, were to eat rosemary and garlic and eat all these things, there is an inherent infusion of flavor from all these things that it is eating. How would that goat like to be cooked? What is the best way to extract as much flavor from this product as possible?" he said. "That is the approach that I would like to take to every dish on this menu. What is the next step for the flavor profile that is inherent in this dish."
And while food is sustenance and a necessity of life, Conant likes to think it has a greater purpose.
"If we look at what food has become in our society, I think there is an opportunity with food to bring people together, to bring cultures together," he said. "People who may not normally sit at table together can do it over a meal."
So many problems, he said, can be solved over a dinner or a drink. It's a place to start the conversation.
So for this famous chef who makes mouths water routinely, what is his favorite food?
"Skippy, extra chunky reduced-fat peanut butter. I cannot have it in the house," he said, laughing. "My wife thinks I am an animal. I will sit with a butter knife and eat like three quarters of a jar, and I will feel sick. I love it. I love the texture of it and the flavor profile of it. It's unbelievable."
Another favorite? Fritos.
" I don't even eat them at this point, because if I start, it is just crazy," he said.