Platelist: Chef Josh Capon on Super Bowl Sunday

"I definitely enjoy eating," Capon said. "I think if there was one wish that I could have in life, [it would be] to be able to eat with impunity, just be able to keep going and not have to worry about a damn thing. I could be 500 pounds tomorrow if somebody just said, 'Hey, go for it!' I'd be like, 'Let's go!' But it's hard, especially in this business, to keep a handle on it and that kind of stuff. You know, everything in moderation."

Game Day

Everything, that is, except Game Day.

"You call me on Game Day, you don't say 'hello,'" said Capon. "You say 'Game Day,' because I will not respond to anything else. I have had an annual Super Bowl party, it probably started about 14 years ago. It's nine of my closest buddies and nobody else. And every year around the Super Bowl, I start avoiding phone calls because people want in. And truth be told, Game Day, the Super Bowl, it's not a party. It's not, 'Hey, let's all come over and hang out.' There's a game to be watched. And I live in an apartment in New York City, I don't have a ton of room, I don't have a huge couch -- there is limited seating sort of speak -- and again we're watching a game. We're not just hanging out, talking, and listening to music, and drinking beers and eating food. So it's a very tight crew. I would say about six years ago, we actually made a pretty big decision and cut the wives out because they just really got in the way.

"They didn't watch the game, they didn't care about the game, and not only am I feeding my boys, I've got to worry about them over there, you know, getting the Diet Cokes and 'Do you have any salad?' This is just all wrong. So seven years ago, we all got together, and it was a big decision, but we cut the wives out and we haven't looked back since. But it's been the same nine guys every year and they know it and I know it, and I don't mean to be rude or piss anybody off, but I always say one day if I live in a big house, I'll open up the floodgates. And if I've got TVs in every room and we'll put up a projector out back in the backyard or whatever it is. But for now I live in New York City, I live in an apartment, I've got a couch that seats six, we pull up a couple chairs and we rotate after every quarter, but it's a big day.

"We're just all gnawing on big turkey legs. Game Day is about the game. But Game Day is also about the food. This is what I do and my friends have always counted on me to eat. There's one thing they know they can count on me for and it's a good meal. We break it down though, it's pretty serious. Usually, depending on who's in the Bowl, you know this year we've got New Orleans and the Colts. We all love New Orleans, we're big Jazz Fest guys and we're down there every year and we have some friends from college that opened up some businesses down there, so we all love and support New Orleans. So obviously, we're all pulling for them. You know we always try to give a little nod to the team that we're rooting for, so this year being the Saints, we're going to have a little jambalaya. Crawfish bread is a big thing that we all love at Jazz Fest, so we're going to try to incorporate that. But then you obviously have got your staples that we count on every year."

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