Cormac Mahoney, whose epicurean creations at Madison Park Conservatory earned him Food and Wine’s 2012 Best New Chef award, prepares meals that inspire lust in his patrons. Here, a dollop of tips from the hunky Seattle-based chef on what to eat to keep things fresh in and out of the bedroom.
The food equivalent of a bad date: A poorly shucked oyster.
The food equivalent of a good date: A perfectly shucked oyster or Pop Rocks.
The best food to eat while listening to “Sexual Healing” on a loop: BBQ.
The best soundtrack to listen to while eating chocolate: John Malkovich reading Anne Tyler’s The Accidental Tourist.
The most seductive use of an otherwise un-seductive ingredient: Irony?
The (edible) ingredients of a lasting relationship: What is this “lasting relationship” you speak of?
The dish most evocative of a one-night stand: Uni nigiri.
The sexual position equivalent of strawberries and champagne: Women masturbating to Clooney, Pitt, and Beckham.
The nonfood equivalent of dulce de leche: Her skin after a day at the beach.
Given as a gift, this food most clearly says, “I want to propagate with you”: Gerber’s puréed carrots.
A food more useful in foreplay than whipped cream: Anything. I have never understood the sexiness of dairy products on skin.
The most monogamous ingredient: Sugar.
The most polyamorous ingredient: Salt.
The definitive breakup meal: Bananas and blow.
If Kimye (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) were a meal, it would be: Available only in Vegas or from QVC.
Photography by James Orlando