When Spencer Rubin was little, he’d rather cook with his best friend’s Italian grandmother in the kitchen than play video games upstairs. (That's right: Mario could never compete with a mean chicken cutlet.)

So it’s no surprise that the Cornell grad is now on the restaurant-world fast track, having opened two successful New York City locations of his grilled cheese-centric joint, Melt Shop, by the ripe old age of 26.

In this episode of 5-Minute Kitchen, Rubin tells us why cooking skills are a dating essential, shares his go-to spice for grilling meats, and lets you in on the one book that can quickly turn you into a culinary master (or at least improve your skills). Watch the video above to find out more.

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