OC Weekly Reveals Personal Side of Newport Dunes’ Back Bay Bistro Chef Kurt Schaeffer

Newport Dunes‘ waterfront restaurant,  Back Bay Bistro, and its talented chef Kurt Schaeffer were recently featured in OC Weekly as part of their On The Line segment.  OC Weekly interviewed Chef Kurt to offer a more personal view of the establishment and expose the inspired force behind the Back Bay Bistro’s delicious cuisine.

Photo by: Laila Derakhshanian

Here are a few fun facts about Chef Kurt Schaeffer that we extracted from the interview:

Your earliest food memory:
When I was six years old I made my parents chocolate dipped strawberries for their anniversary.

Your best recent food find:
There is a dim-sum place at the Spectrum that has a unique tempura japanese eggplant stuffed with shrimp that is so unique and tastes amazing.

What fast food do you admit to eating?
I have eaten exactly five times at fast food restaurants my entire life. I have been to McDonald’s twice, Burger King, Carl’s Jr and Panda Express.

One food you can’t live without:
Carbs! Particularly rice. I eat it at least four times a week.

Favorite chef:
Hubert Keller. He personifies what I think is a great chef– he is calm, knowledgeable, looks at his staff as a team, never raises his voice and is extremely creative with what most people perceive as ordinary food. What he can do with a hamburger is genius.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten:

Curry cheesecake and tofu chili.

Favorite places to eat (besides your own):

There’s a pizza place in New York called Patsy’s and Yamashiro’s in Los Angeles.

Weirdest customer request (and did you do it?):

When I worked at Salt Creek Grille, a customer would call 30 minutes before arriving and ask for his steak to be cooked for 35-45 minutes. It killed me to “ruin” such a great piece of meat, but yes, I did it.

To read the entire interview, visit

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