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Campy: Los Padres

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Meet Graham Goodfield, owner of Los Padres Outfitters and fellow chef, who shares his countryside lifestyle with Nguyen as they camp outside and enjoy campfire meals together.

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- [Woman On Radio] 4972 West 21st St, number three. - That's me, Nguyen Tran, on the day I got busted for running an illegal restaurant out of my apartment in North Hollywood. And that's me, a few years later, running one of the most popular restaurants in all of Los Angeles. This is me now, taking a break from it all. Making a show about going on adventures with some of my favorite chefs. We're gonna camp, we're gonna cook, who knows what's gonna happen? It's Campy. Early morning, Carpinteria, top of a mountain. It's beautiful. I mean, you can't see, it's all mist, but it's really pretty up here, and my friend Graham's cooking for us. We're gonna eat whatever he makes, it smells really good. Morning Graham. - Morning. How are you Nguyen? - High five it. - [Graham] I hope you're hungry. - [Nguyen] I am hungry. - [Graham] We've got some sausage here, our sliced white onions, some fresh baby potatoes, ready for huevos. - [Nguyen] I'm always ready for huevos. Dude, this is a party in a pan. That is a big-ass pan. I wanna swim in this. I wanna sit on it and watch Netflix. Don't you wanna do that? - [Graham] Ah, let's just eat. - [Nguyen] Okay, that's fair too. I'll do that. - Right, come on over. - I'll do that too. Cowboy coffee. Cowboy breakfast with not-so-cowboy Hollandaise. You know what I love about what you made here? It has an incredible sausage-to-egg, or sausage-to-everything-else ratio. That's a Nguyen-Tran-approved meal right there. The beans are really good too. Wait, have you ever, ever had a desk job? - A desk job? - Yeah. - Oh no, no. I just feel a lot more comfortable in this setting. - I feel a lot more comfortable too. There's no HR out here, that's the best part. - What is HR? - Human Resources. See, that's how much you haven't had a desk job. You literally have not had a desk job, so you don't know what the HR is. - I thought it stood for Hollister Ranch. - See? That is so inspiring, you have no idea. - They say the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man, and I think that's very true. Definitely good for your spirit. There are several different categories of cowboy, cattlemen, cuttin' horse guys, there's team ropers. I'm a packer, and an outfitter. I don't think of my everyday routine as work, I think of it as, you know, I'm makin' a living. It just comes natural at this point. Just keep at it. My name's Graham Goodfield, and I'm an outfitter and guide, and my company is Los Padres Outfitters, and most of what we do is take people in the backcountry on horse and mule adventures, and enjoy the good campfire food. You get to see things out here that a lot of people don't have the opportunity to see. All right Nguyen, we're gonna go up here and wrangle these horses. - With what? This, what is this? - That's our bucket, we call it shakin' a bucket. I'm a sixth-generation Santa Barbara person. I think the biggest attraction for me to stick with this sort of lifestyle was the privilege to work with horses and mules, and get to meet people from all over the world. One, two, three, four, five, six. This is Willy comin' up behind you guys. - This is happening! - [Graham] Yeah, I see Beyonce over there. - [Nguyen] The Queen Bey is here? - [Graham] Yeah. - [Nguyen] Well they definitely go as fast as the food goes. - [Graham] You make a good wrangler, Nguyen. You'll know when you see your horse. You get out there, and you kinda get a vibe from one of 'em. - I would love to talk to a horse, if one of them would want to talk to me. Feels like I'm back in high school, why are they all running away from me? Don't kick me. You read any good books lately? Remember when I was feeding you guys alfalfa? Do you remember that? Who's this? - [Graham] This is Lucy. - [Nguyen] Lucy, are you my horse, girl? You need to come 'round, you got boyfriend? - Mules are very nice to ride, you can't beat a good ridin' mule. They're real smooth, they've got a real smooth gait. - Does she come with 100,000 mile warranty? - Yeah, she could. You bet. Brush 'em before we saddle 'em. The best way I've found to treat these animals is with a lotta respect. We count on them to do a job for us, and we make sure they've got everything they need. We use these mules for packing mainly. Nice! They will do an amazing job for you, as long as you take care of 'em, and pack 'em properly, and don't abuse 'em. This is all traditional cook gear that you woulda seen 100 years ago. So this lid gets filled with coals, and then we stack, see there we've got feet? - This is impressive. I love cast iron. This is the stuff! - I think getting out on horseback and into the backcountry really helps people get a different perspective on folks that utilize the backcountry. You know, they realize how respectful we are of the land that we use, and the environment that we're in. All right, well we're ready to get mounted up. Put your, grab up here and grab 'em. There you go. - [Nguyen] Oh, my hat is off, but I'm on! - Can't believe you dropped your hat. Put it on your head, don't touch it, just wear it. There you go, nice. - I feel really comfortable up here. - Well, you picked a good one. - So how do I go forward? - [Graham] You wanna kick with you heels, right towards me. - Oh, she's coming along anyway. - Yeah, there you go. Good. - [Nguyen] Hey Graham. - [Graham] Yeah? - [Nguyen] You play Pokemon Go at all? - [Graham] Never have. - [Nguyen] You know what is is? - [Graham] I have no idea. - [Nguyen] I'll show you later what it means. You ever seen Young Guns? - [Graham] Yeah. - [Nguyen] You know what the best part about Young Guns? - [Graham] What's that? - [Nguyen] You ever watch any anime, you know what anime is? - [Graham] No. - [Nguyen] You should watch something called Cowboy Bebop. You grow up watching John Hughes movies at all too? - [Graham] No. - [Nguyen] Molly Ringwald, you know who she is, though? - [Graham] Nope. - [Nguyen] Molly Ringwald, she's in the movie Sixteen Candles. - Oh okay, yeah I do. - That's it, you know what I'm talking about. - You bet. - [Nguyen] Do you like wear special underwear? 'Cause it's really uncomfortable. - [Graham] Yeah, it can be. All right, well let's unload here. - Unload here? I got it! - Nice. That was a long ride. - Well, this has been a great experience. I gotta be honest, I'm kind of addicted now. Riding horses is not just for white people, this is cool. I'm down. - [Graham] Okay, look out. - You know, I didn't expect any of this, and it's given me a lot of perspective, and this is just really good for me. 'Cause running a restaurant's hard. I think he's got something going, I think he's got something right, you know? He takes kinda the balance of the old world and new world, and brings it together in a way that makes him and his family really happy. So the center stick is the next part? - Yeah. You know, you choose a job that you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life. There's a lot to that. - [Nguyen] Got it. I don't got it. You ever do this lying down? - People are blown away with what we can turn out on an open campfire, and with those Dutch ovens. It's really amazing for people to see stuff like that. - The food that he's making is honestly pretty refined. 'Cause he loves food, and it has nothing to do with being a cowboy, but using the cowboy technique, or at least cowboy tools, to make the food that he loves. - We're blown away too, with some of the stuff we come up with. We're gonna do our cedar plank salmon on the grill. We soak these with a nice white wine, and our rub is a little bit of coffee grounds, and some brown sugar. And our beef tri-tip. The open campfire cooking method is coals right outta the fire, start with our biggest Dutch oven on the bottom, that's our pineapple upside-down cake in the bottom. - [Nguyen] All right, coals underneath, coals on top. - Graduate to a smaller Dutch oven. In this one I'm gonna put that tri-tip, and let it finish. Again, we'll fill the lid with coals. We graduate to an even smaller one that could be our biscuits, or our bread. It's neat for people to see that you don't need an entire kitchen to turn out an eight- or nine-course meal, out of six Dutch ovens ovens and one skillet, all off of one small campfire. - 'Cause you're baking, you're searing, and this is the more circulating, that's baking as well, and this is kind of like stewing. That's rad! - Yeah. - This is a great marriage of modern technique and then old-school kind of cowboy technique. Even though it's your business, you don't do it just as a business, as much as it's something you truly genuinely enjoy? - Oh, absolutely. My love is mostly those horses and the mules. And I like to ride a lot. - Oh G. - All right. All right. - [Nguyen] We've got eight courses. - [Graham] Yep. - This is like a French meal right here. Din-dins! - Ha, cheers. - Cheers to you too. Thank you so much for making all this. This is truly really inspirational, and it's made me think a lot about, you know, what I'm gonna do next in my life, and I've had a really good time opening restaurants, but I've had a really bad time with it as well. You know, the good comes with the bad. - Yeah, yeah that's for sure. - And, you know, I might move on with my life with something else, and I don't know what that is yet, but. - Gosh, there's lots of things we wanna do. My wife and I wanna have lots of dreams, and so you never know. We never know where we're gonna end up. We'll see.

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