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Episode 5

Localism - Fresh is Best

Chef Rich and Justin discuss local sourcing of ingredients and how some industry terminology has changed. Later, Chef Mary Kastman from the Driftless Café in Viroqua, WI joins the show to share her chef's journey. She also provides some great insight into "localism" and gives some great tips for aspiring chefs.


Be sure to follow Chef Rich and Justin on Twitter at @ChefRrupp and @jupehr.

Episode Notes

1:55 – Local restaurants & sourcing of local ingredients

4:10 – Farm to table, artisan and other industry terminology

7:03 – What inspires chefs to get into the industry

9:00 – Chef lifestyle

12:20 – Locally sourced ingredients, what to look for

15:35 – Chef Mary Kastman joins the show

15:53 – What sparked Chef Mary’s interest in foodservice

20:35 – Expectations after culinary school

22:28 – Being a woman in foodservice

25:03 – Finding balance

28:51 – The path to Viroqua

33:11 – Chef Mary talks about “localism” & leadership

45:00 – Favorite dishes & failures

49:10 – Inspirational quote