Sam Talbot is Executive Chef of Imperial #9, a sustainable seafood restaurant, located in the Mondrian Hotel Soho in New York City. Sam is also the Executive Chef at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY. In October 2011, Sam will publish his first cookbook with Rodale Books. Sam is at the forefront of the "integrative kitchen" movement, which seeks to break down the walls between the way we eat and the way we live. When conceiving dishes, Sam keeps a few simple questions in mind: What is the food? Who’s eating it? Where? When? Under what circumstances? Sam’s approach to cooking is to understand how all these questions—and their answers—interconnect.