He's not slaving away on the grill 80 hours a week anymore. But he seems OK with that; Joel Scheinzeit, former owner of Ridgewood's highly-regarded Joel's Malibu Kitchen, has a found a new perspective, according an article in The Record.
Since closing the California-inspired kitchen in 2008, Scheinzeit has stayed busy with private catering, teaching cooking classes in Hawthorne, helping the developmentally disabled, and also selling frozen entrees at Super Cellars in Ridgewood.
Villagers can purchase his "Coconut Curry Peanut Chicken," "Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin," or "Fettuccini in Silly Sauce with Shrimp" from the cheese shop section of Super Cellars.
Burning the candle on both ends to hit professional success was exhausting, Scheinzeit, 50, told the paper.
"But I don't want to live with that philosophy anymore. Now I want something different," he said.