The Stone Soup Company, Tampa
1517 E 7th Ave in historic Ybor City
About Chef Ilya and The Stone Soup Company
The Stone Soup Company has no stones and offers much more than soup. so why the name? They explain on their Facebook page: "Similar to an old children’s story about a woman who makes an elaborate stew out of stone and feeds an entire village with it, this place may not use a stone, but it does focus on the same concept—simplicity. Taking a few fresh ingredients and whipping them into a wide selection of hearty soups, sandwiches and salads, it offers an elaborate menu that can feed an entire village for the week."
With a background as an industrial engineering rather than formal education in cooking, Chef Ilya explains that cooking really is all about breaking down things and recreating them. Why join the culinary world? "Beautiful women, they like to eat, so I learned to cook for them," Chef Ilya writes. "I am more of a hack breaking all the rules.
I don't take myself too seriously"
"At the Stone Soup Company we donate a cup of soup for every cup sold, in return we get Karma points," writes Chef Ilya. Those Karma Points are a powerful thing" and will help us win the Top Local Chef title.