Written By Holly Brooke Elsewhere / Folks / Food People Sep 11, 2014 Five Questions and Answers with Chef Matt Rissling of the Rock Salt Restaurant & Café SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestJust a hop, skip and a jump from the Fulford Harbour Ferry on Salt Spring Island is the popular and well established Rock Salt Restaurant and Café. The building has had a long history in food service over the last 50-60 years. In 2012, Matt Rissling, former executive chef of Oak Bay Marina, purchased the turnkey establishment from the previous owners, and has since moved to the Island as a full time resident with his wife and children.Rissling is a fun guy. He’s approachable and easy-going but also sharp when it comes to his culinary and business management skills. Recognizing that Rock Salt was already putting out solid service and food, he’s made only a few changes so far (a major renovation took place 13 years ago, giving the space a fresh look and feel).Most of the existing staff was rehired, including sous chef Joel Trejo who specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine. The extensive baked goods are all made in-house and sold fresh daily. Along with the popular Mexican dishes and curries, Rock Salt sells a huge amount of seafood with up to 180 lbs of shellfish a week.Recently, web contributor Holly Brooke sat down with Rissling for a quick Q & A session:Holly: “How would you like patrons to regard Rock Salt?”Matt: “We want everyone to feel comfortable coming in the door. We get people from all over the world, and so we need to cater to and have something for everyone.” Holly: “What is your favorite food to eat, and/or where do you like to dine?”Matt: “To be honest, I like simple stuff, like meat and potatoes. But when my wife and I are in Victoria we prefer to go to Brasserie L’ecole.” Holly: “What is your favorite food to cook and why?”Matt: “I love cooking fish. At the Marriott I learned about local and sustainable products, seafood being one of them. There is a lot you can do with mussels and salmon.”Holly: “Why did you choose to become a chef?”Matt: “I always liked cooking. I’d help out my mom and aunt at Christmas and other family dinners. Then one thing just led to another. Besides, the party’s always in the kitchen!” Holly: “So, what’s the deal with you and French-fry salads?”Matt: “How on earth do you know about that?!” Holly: “We’re writers, we do our research.”Matt: (chuckles)Holly: “So?”Matt: “Ok. So as someone who works in the kitchen, you don’t always have time to sit down and eat. The French-fry salad gives you the carbs and some fat to keep going, while the salad cuts down the grease and gives you something healthy. All you need is a big bowl, some hot, crispy fries, toss with your favorite choice of salad and you’re set. Everything marries together, it’s perfect. I’m going to have one today!”The Rock Salt Restaurant and Café is open 7 days a week.Café: 7:00am to 9:00pmRestaurant: 8:00am to 9:00pmReservations are strongly advised on the weekends.Phone: (250) 653-48332921 Fulford Ganges Road Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1X6 CanadaFacebookTwitter Caferisslingrock salt SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Holly Brooke Holly Brooke is a true B.C. gal. Having lived on the west coast most of her life, except for several years in the Kootenay's where she canoed and fished and lived in a tipi, she's very much at home outdoors and in the kitchen. ... Read More You may also like Chefs / Culture / Destinations / Elsewhere / Travel May 7, 2019 An Introduction to Letters from Lyon to EAT I have spent my career thus far with a few goals in mind: climb the brigade of each kitchen I set foot in, put in my time and become “chef”. ... Read More Elsewhere / Travel March 23, 2017 April: Up Island News “The French say; “you never grow old at the table”, so let’s sit down, savour wonderful food together- and stop time.” ... Read More Elsewhere / Restaurants February 27, 2017 An Interview with Chef Renee Lavallee of Canteen in Nova Scotia Chef Renee Lavallee has worked in restaurants across the globe, and now calls Dartmouth, Nova Scotia home. After opening the successful sandwich shop ... Read More Elsewhere / Restaurants November 25, 2016 What’s up at the new Toscano’s Mediterranean Grill Last winter the venerable Toscano’s Trattoria in Comox changed hands. With Chef Kevin Frisch (formerly of Atlas Cafe and Locals, two highly ... Read More Elsewhere / First Look September 28, 2016 Biblio Taco Opens in Cumberland (home of the mountain biker) Ask a mountain biker if they have been to Cumberland, BC and you will probably see their eyes light up, ears go back like a dogs do and then a ... Read More Elsewhere / Reporter September 7, 2016 The Tofino Buzz | Sept & Oct 2016 Winding into fall is probably my favourite time of year in Tofino. The weather is still amazing, and there’s time to appreciate the town at a ... Read More Comments are closed.