“He’s a little bit reclusive,” deadpans NBC’s Marcus Riley of Schwa chef Michael Carlson. But in a coup for the news team, Carlson lets a video camera — and Riley — into the kitchen of his restaurant for the first time ever. “Do you get too tense with it sometimes?” Riley asks, obliquely baiting Carlson to open up about his infamous personal breakdown and restaurant closure. Carlson deflects admirably: “Yeah, but everyone does.” We’ve got to admit, if we had this kind of access to Schwa’s kitchen, we probably would have asked different questions — the logistics of so many people in such a tiny kitchen; where Carlson gets both his flavor and technological inspiration — but hey, it’s not our interview. Keep an eye out for 312 Dining Diva’s Audarshia Townsend, who almost lands more airtime than Carlson himself.
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