Nate Williams, 40
Chef, Spice Kitchen & Bar
Hidden talent: Storytelling. Kitchens become very family like but in a very sick and twisted way. Anything goes in a kitchen. If I'm presented with two choices, one being very safe and one being ridiculous, I will always choose ridiculous. I just like to feel pushed and to be in weird situations — and then I love to go to work and explain them.
Biggest fear: Giant spiders in airports. In airports, not and airports. It's a recurring dream I've had for years. My parents, brother and I are in an airport dining area eating scrambled eggs with American cheese, when all of a sudden — chaos! A giant, like, three-story-high daddy longlegs spider comes stomping through the airport! We all run for our lives. Strangely, in my dream, my dad can walk. He's been in a wheelchair for before I can remember. It's the same dream every damn time.
Bad habit: Not going to bed, because I'm worried about missing out on something.
My guilty pleasure: "Jessie's Girl." Because it's awesome! And it's the only song ever to use the word "moot!" Hilarious.
You'd never guess: That I turned down Yale. I wasn't ever serious about going there. I ended up going to John Carroll, and I left after a year and a half.
I can't live without: It's got to be music related. I'm known for walking with earbuds in. Live music.
My hero: My dad. He helped make the world a better place when he could have easily given up. He worked at Invacare, coached the junior Paralympic team, and worked with governors and politicians to get laws changed to help people with disabilities.
On my bucket list: Eat my way through Spain.
Biggest accomplishment: So far? Bogtrotters. The Old Angle was my hangout, and they had that room there that was just an empty storeroom. The owner said, "Hey, we've got this room any ideas?" He kind of came up with, What about a sandwich shop, and left the rest up to me. I had three steam tables to hold my food, two barstools, one borrowed kitchen, and then just cranked out eight killer sandwiches.
When I'm not working: I'm playing.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Work!
If I had one wish, what would it be: Health.
Once in a lifetime moment: My two-year trip on a Greyhound around the country. That just comprises way too many stories to pick one!
If I won the Mega Millions, what would I spend it on: Travel.
What's my No. 1 dating rule: No rules, at first.
Deal-breakers: There's not that many. The first one would be too much makeup.
The perfect date: Something very casual with no pressure.
I'm a sucker for: Crazy. That's what I'm attracted to, and I can't describe it! There are so many different varieties of it. And sometimes the most normal people are crazy as hell.
The most romantic thing I've ever done: I was dating this woman long distance. Her best friend growing up lived in Iowa, and for Christmas one year, among a couple of other little things, I bought her a completely open-ended ticket to Iowa. I got a two-year period over which she could use it, and she never used it.
What I look for in a significant other: Patience, a sense of humor and a love of life.
I always, sometimes or never make the first move: Sometimes. It depends.
Would you like to be famous?: No, no need to be famous. But I like infamous.
Do you rehearse what you're going to say before making a phone call? Yes. Because sometimes you've just got to get whatever you need done, done. And it's always better to be prepared.
Last time I sang to myself: Probably about an hour ago. Last time I sang to someone else: Daily!
If I could gain one quality or ability, it would be: Time travel.
I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... : My passion for food.
Celebrity dream date: Kristen Wiig because laughing is my favorite thing in the world.
Celebrity look-alike: Nothing I've ever been told!
Dogs or cats: Dogs. But no pets now. My schedule would be rude to a dog. But I sure loved my childhood dog.
Beach or mountains: Mountains. I'm just not a hot sun, get-tan kind of person. I haven't worn shorts in years.
Signature dish: This is being completely honest; [I can make] whatever you have in your fridge into the most amazing meal.
How I stay healthy: I don't drive. I walk everywhere.
My favorite ... book: On the Road. ... TV show: I don't watch much TV, but if I do, it's either Anthony Bourdain or somebody's travel food show or SportsCenter. ... movie: The Jerk. ... music: Delta Blues. Classic oldies like Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, but currently anything from Fat Possum Records, like R.L. Burnside. ... restaurant: One of the most memorable meals I've ever had was this tiny, nondescript Indian restaurant in Chicago that I don't know the name of. ... app: I don't do technology.
What I'm reading: Besides the stack of cookbooks that I have next to my chair? That's mostly my reading, cookbooks. Why lie?
IPod embarrassment: I don't have an iPod! I have Pandora on my phone. There's nothing in my collection that I wouldn't bring out and have fun with.
I'm so over: Diet fads. Paleo, really? You're going to base your diet on a group of people that never lived past 22 years old?
Dream job: I can't put a specific title on it, but something that involves traveling and eating all over the world.
Dream vacation: Can I repeat eating my way through Spain?
My take on Cleveland's single scene: I think it's great. I think there are a lot of amazing people here in Cleveland. There are a million beautiful people, and smart and fun people.
Are you on tinder?: No.
Best thing about being single: Doing anything you want.
Worst thing about being single: Doing it alone.
Best date I've been on: Dorkily, the zoo. Specifically the monkey room. Great entertainment led to great conversation.
Worst date I've been on: I can't remember any kind of worst, where it was like whoa, get me out of here. They are all interesting in their own way.
Do you hope to settle down in the next five years?: Yes. Absolutely yes.