Each month, we ask one of Pittsburgh's chefs: What do you do and how do you eat when you're out of the kitchen?

Jamilka Borges

Chef,  Bar Marco,  http://www.barmarcopgh.com
Live: Bloomfield
Work: Strip District
How Long: 4 years

What kind of meals do you cook at home?
I rarely cook at home, unless I’m cooking for friends, and then it would be something simple; pasta or a roast.

When you’re out of the kitchen, where do you like to dine out?
Legume, Cure, Spoon and Dish. I go to places that I can seat by myself at the bar, have a great meal and talk to their staff.

Where do you go for a drink?
Usually to Butterjoint or to our other location Livermore in East Liberty. It’s hard to stay away.

How do you like to spend your days off? 

Meet up with friends, have dinner and catch up. It’s hard to stay close with friends that are not in the industry, so day off are  definitely  for relaxing time with friends.

What would you do if you had a whole weekend off and it wasn’t a holiday?  
Stay home? I’ll probably go somewhere close and eat…Maybe fly home (Puerto Rico) for a short  visit.
What made you decide to become a chef?
Growing up I used to watch my mom throw together a lot of unlikely ingredients, eventually I started inviting friends to come over and will cook for them. After finishing school, I decided to cook for a  living… and that was that. I’ve been pretty lucky  to work for people that I like and constantly learn from.