These Are The People In Your Neighborhood: Chef Elijah Milligan
We here at Hog Island Press love Philly food, and Chef Elijah Milligan knows more about it than most. He grew up cooking in his family’s Olney restaurant, later graduating to the powerhouse kitchens of Le Bec Fin, Vernick Food & Drink, and Bar Ferdinand. Last year he brought his talents to South Philly, taking over as Executive Chef at the crown jewel of local food scene (and Philadelphia Magazine’s top city pick in 2012) Stateside. Take it away Chef…
Who are you?
Elijah Milligan, Executive Chef at Stateside .
What’s your favorite Philly sandwich?
The Megilla Sandwich from Jakes Sandwich Board .
Got a favorite Philly hidden culinary gem?
Bonner’s Irish Pub – $8 pitchers and cool bartenders.
Who’s your current favorite chef in the city?
Myself, of course. Second favorite would be Nicholas Elmi.
Describe your perfect day in Philadelphia.
Picking a random “foodie friendly neighborhood” and randomly choosing places to eat and drink, until I can’t eat or drink anymore.
What’s your go-to dish to cook at home?
I could sit at home and eat pounds of pasta. The style and ingredients change often, but you could never go wrong with a great pasta.
What are some of your favorite local ingredients to work with?
Im a sucker for cooking with good local beers. Flying Fish is my favorite.
You can take 3 Philly (related) albums on a roadtrip. What are they?
1. Musiq Soulchild – OnMyRadio
2. Beanie Sigel – The Truth
3. John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up!
Who’s your favorite Philly sports personality?
Current Eagles running back, LeSean McCoy.
What’s your favorite HIP design?
Our awesome Stateside t-shirts and Salumidelphia.
Thanks Chef! We’ll be over for the Hamachi Crudo and Bourbon Glazed Pork Belly ASAP. And speaking of Bourbon, do get to know the bar at Stateside in addition to the amazing food menu. They make some of the best cocktails in town, and incidentally a few of them have been known to incorporate Hog Island Press favorite Buster’s Bitter’s. See yous at Stateside!