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5 Questions for Ray Garcia

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Ray Garcia is executive chef of Fig restaurant in Santa Monica at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. He also volunteers at Olympic High School, working with students to grow their own food, and reads 16th-century English philosophers....

What's coming next on your menu? Lamb coulotte with slow-roasted tomatoes, carrots and treacle.

Latest ingredient obsession? Cherries. I love their natural balance of sweet and tart. At this time of year, they get better as the weeks go by.

What restaurant do you find yourself going to again and again? Westside Tavern. I love the burger that Warren [Schwartz] does there. It keeps me coming back. 

What's your favorite breakfast? It's a tie between corned beef hash and huevos rancheros. 

What's the last non-food-related book you read? "Leviathan" by Thomas Hobbes.

Fig, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 319-3111, www.figsantamonica.com.

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Photo: Ray Garcia, right. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

 
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