Jason Santos, owner and executive chef at Blue Inc. in Boston’s Financial District, recently adopted a dog from the MSPCA. Santos, a former contestant on the Fox TV show “Hell’s Kitchen,” dished with us via e-mail about whether he feeds his pooch gourmet, the unusual trick he hopes to teach her, and why he will not be asking Chef Gordon Ramsay for pet advice.
Q: What breed is your dog and how old is she?
Santos: She is a miniature schnauzer and is 6 years old.
Q: What is your dog’s name? And why did you choose that name?
Santos: She had a name for six years so I thought it would be best not to change it. Her name is Samirya.
Q: What made you choose that particular dog?
Santos: It was the only dog that didn’t bark at my blue hair!
Q: A friend tweeted that she was dog adopting with you and said, “...this will be an interesting experience.” Was she right? If so, why?
Santos: As a rule she knows I am an impatient person, so with that said, I was hoping to just walk in and walk out with a dog. But, lucky for the MSPCA, they do their due diligence and make sure all animals are going to a good home. The process was great and still easy for people like me.
Q: You were a contestant on the 7th season of the FOX TV show “Hell’s Kitchen.” Chef Gordon Ramsay has a bulldog named Rumpole. Would you call Ramsay up for pet advice? Why or why not?
Santos: Probably not…..from what I have heard, swearing at your dog probably doesn’t help so I would probably politely decline his advice.
Q: Will you feed your dog gourmet food?
Santos: Yes, of course. I shave fresh black truffles over her food every morning. Do dogs need anything more?
Q: Describe your new pet in three words
Santos: Outgoing, crazy, and low attention span, like her owner.
Q: Tell us some activities you like to do with your dog.
Santos: I am trying to teach my dog to make me a drink when I get home but so far no luck so I just stick to taking it on walks, she loves to be outside.
Q: Did you have pets growing up?
Santos: Yes I have had everything from a dog, to a ferret to an illegal African cat ... long story.
Q: What is your message to folks thinking of adopting a rescue pet?
Santos: Adopt adopt adopt. It is a very easy process and very rewarding and you are doing something great for yourself and an animal… it’s a no brainer... MSPCA all the way! How’s that for an endorsement?