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Like/dislike: Jared Rhine, City Cafe executive chef

In his senior year of high school, Jared Rhine took his first full time job at a restaurant — the family-run Italian restaurant Rillo's in Carlisle, Pa. He started as a busboy, did food preparation and washed dishes before eventually moving to the back of the house as a cook. "I loved it so much; I've never looked back." Now, the Butchers Hill resident, 31, is going into his sixth month as executive chef at Mount Vernon's City Cafe. Rhine has been busy preparing some new items on his menu for Baltimore Restaurant week (Friday through Aug. 5). Some of the dishes in the works: cast iron quinoa cakes and day boat sea scallops (oh, and a fried banana split for dessert). Rhine takes off his chef hat for a bit to talk to b about his Pandora playlists and reality TV.

Worst pet peeve? People with absolutely no sense of urgency

What's on your iPod? I'm more of a Pandora guy. Right now, its a mix of Jack Johnson, Bob Marley and Sublime.

Last concert/gig you went to? Bad Religion with the Aggrolites

Your worst habit? Procrastination

Favorite part about being in Baltimore Restaurant Week? The exposure to new guests who don't eat out too much.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? By far, reality TV. I refuse to watch it.

TV show you can't get enough of? "Family Guy"

Favorite/least favorite food to cook? I love osso buco, but if you'll eat it, I'll cook anything.

Favorite book you recently read? "The Devil in the Kitchen," by Marco Pierre White

Last great meal you had? A 12-course dinner at Sidney in East Berlin, Pa., by Chef Neil Annis

Food you hate? Any processed foods

Favorite dish on your menu? Probably "Something Vegan." It's unique.

Favorite place to get a drink? Mahaffey's Pub in Canton

Favorite quote/saying? "When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about." -Thomas Keller

Favorite thing about Baltimore? No matter where you go, you almost always see a familiar face. It's similar to the small town where I grew up.

AS TOLD TO JACLYN PEISER

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