Baristanet Profile: Kenny West III

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Name: Kenny West III

Where do you live? I just recently moved to Garfield with my girlfriend.

Where did you grow up? Clifton

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I’m the chef at Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen in Montclair, next to The Wellmont. We serve our play on some really awesome bar food, and the cocktails are a hit as well. So, I guess you could say cooking is my passion…but it also puts food on the table.

Coffee, tea or … ? Always coffee, always black, and always iced.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? What’s a weekend? My idea of a perfect Monday would be just some quiet; I’m a simple person.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Definitely Viaggio in Wayne. I have a lot of love and respect for my boy Robbie Felice. He puts his blood, sweat and tears into everything he does.

What’s on your nightstand? My phone.

What are you listening to? Travis Scott. Just saw him at Barclays, so it’s been pretty stuck in my head.

What are your current indulgences? Sneakers, for sure. I always say that’s it — then I end up with another pair.

What talent you would most like to have? I’m happy with the talents I have, but I’ve always wanted to dunk a basketball.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about the area? Best kept secret in my mind has to be Tacos Matamoros in Clifton. Never fails.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? That I was a good friend, that I was always there, and that I made people smile. The rest doesn’t matter.

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