Lightening Round With Chef Rafael Racela of Cómo

Here's what the chef is watching, reading and doing these days.

We’re super nosy about what cool people are up to—call it an occupational hazard. So we called up Cómo Taperia executive chef Rafael Racela to grill him about a few of his favourite things. Here are his pop culture picks to fave greasy spoon spots.

What’s on your watch list right now?

“After a long night, I like to put on a mindless show that can make me laugh, like Nathan for You.”

Nathan Fielder

Go-to place to eat in the city?

Duffin’s Donuts or Maruhachi Ramen

Fave spot to soak up Vancouver’s natural beauty? 

Kitsilano parking lot beside the basketball court!

It’s Saturday and you have free time unexpectedly… what are you doing and where are you going?

“I’ll either be dancing or playing billiards at Soho in Yaletown. Also a good chance I’ll be sleeping because most of my friends are industry, and I might not have anyone to hang out with.”

Best greasy spoon diner?

“Bon’s Off Broadway and there shouldn’t be any other answer.”

Best ice cream or dessert in the city?

“Give me Earnest Ice Cream any day.”

What are you reading right now?

“The Estela cookbook by chef Ignacio Mattos happens to also be a  good read.”

Estela cookbook cover

What are you listening to?

“I love the Chef’s PSA podcast, but I’m also  very big into African hip hop and R&B lately, like  Nigeria’s Burna Boy  and Rema.”

Burna Boy