The Stranger: Congrats! How does it feel to be named one of the best new chefs in the nation by Food & Wine magazine?

Jason Stratton: It's crazy. It came totally out of the blue. The senior editor called me on Friday, and my heart just fell out of my chest...

Read the interview—including how to spot a food critic, the hilarity of being on the Food Network show Chefs vs. City, and the goodness of tripeover here.