Molecular gastronomy “is the opposite of what I do,” Nate Appleman told Slashfood in an interview today. “I think you are getting too many young kids who are not doing the basics and doing this newfangled cuisine and I think it’s going to create really bad cooks in the future.” Considering Appleman is a 2009 Food & Wine Best New Chef and took home a “Rising Star” Beard Award this week, his words may carry some weight. Appleman also recalls his “troublemaker” past and reveals the real reason he moved to California was because it resembles Italy — “what I mean by that is respect for ingredients and great ingredients. And the only place I could think of was California.” Appleman’s latest project, Urbino, is supposed to open in November. He told us last month that the restaurant was “delayed a little bit,” so don’t put that opening date on the calendar just yet.