Breaking: Zak Pelaccio and Robbie Richter to Collaborate on Asian Barbecue in Williamsburg
Are you still conscious? (We practically passed out when we heard.) The combination of the city’s top pitmaster and the Asian-flavor wunderkind is not totally new: The duo presented a “Malaysian brisket” at Chefs and Champagne and the Starchefs Rising Stars Revue two years ago. Pelaccio says he’s already aflame with ideas: “I’m thinking about a duck lacquered with red-chile curry, goats, lamb, brisket…” Richter, for his part, feels like the cuffs are off. His masterful work at Hill Country limited him essentially to salt and pepper, but now a whole world of spices, herbs, and Asian techniques is before him. “Working with Zak is like a dream come true. I feel like together, we’re going to do things in barbecue that have never been dreamed of before.” As for Pelaccio, this may seem like one project too many, but we haven't seen him this fired up since he opened Fatty Crab.