Published Jan. 31, 2013
If you've sampled the dishes at Kohler's Blackwolf Run Restaurant, 1111 W. Riverside Dr., you can attest to Chef Paul Smitala's talents in the kitchen. Like his restaurant, Smitala is a mix of feast and fun. Trained at the C.I.A., he can cook with the best, but he also likes to have fun. You can see it in his kitchen, where he utilizes a range of equipment he created by modifying power tools (my favorite is the potato peeler on steroids), and you can see it in his ongoing commitment to teaching kids the way around a kitchen.