Haitian Fare with Flair

Last week, we were in attendance for the Stamford Dishcrawl and had a great time! One of the highlights of the crawl was the food from Maddy’s Food Truck. Since we’re big fans of food trucks, we reached out to Chef Smith St. Juste, owner of Maddy’s to learn more about him.

Maddy's Food Truck, Stamford CT
Maddy’s Food Truck, Stamford CT

FP: We love the concept of Maddy’s Food Truck! How did the idea come about?

SS: My wife and I love to cook at home and entertain our friends.  We would cook some of our favorite Haitian dishes and some American dishes with a Haitian flair of course and we would get lots of compliments. So we decided to incorporate that in our food truck.

FP: Name some chefs that have inspired you.

SS: The Chef that has inspired me the most is a chef by the name of Clifford Saladin who is the executive Chef at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake NJ.

FP: When you’re not operating Maddy’s, what are some of your favorite meals to cook for yourself?

SS: I really like to just experiment with different ingredients to see what I can come up with and most of the time it’s something amazing!

FP: We’re still thinking about the plantains and the spicy pickled cabbage from the dishcrawl!  If you go out to eat, name some of your favorite places in Stamford or other cities you’ve visited.

SS: Tap Tap Restaurant in South Beach, FL, Napa & Co in Stamford, CT, ZAZA Restaurant in Stamford, CT.

FP: What are some of your guilty pleasures? We like to call them foodie pleasures, hence the name 🙂

SS: Oreo cookies….who can stop at 10? (guilty smirk)

FP: Oreo cookies are true foodie pleasures! Name three individuals you would want to invite over for dinner and what you would prepare for them.

SS: Jay-Z, Thomas Keller, and Warren Buffett. For appetizer I would serve them a tropical conch salad, for the main dish I would prepare them Maddy’s best seller Griot and Plantains served with spicy pickled cabbage and my favorite Haitian dessert called Pain Patate (sweet potato pudding) served warm with fresh whip cream and caramel sauce. (All while picking their business savvy brains).

FP: Those three business minds are definitely worth learning from! In three words, how would your friends and family describe you.

SS: Respectful, Passionate, Discipline, Responsible…oh! sorry you said three, couldn’t resist  🙂

FP: If you hadn’t become a chef, what would you be doing? Any non-cooking hobbies? 

SS: A mentor. When I was a young chef in the making, I had amazing people in my life who helped me explore all opportunities, to set and reach my goals. I would very much enjoy being that trusted guide to someone.

FP: Thank you Chef Smith for your time! We wish you continued success with Maddy’s Food Truck. We hope to run into you the next time we’re in the Stamford area!

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