Chef Luke Zahm (Driftless Café). Great restaurants usually begin with a chef, and so it is with Viroqua’s Driftless Café. 4,362). This episode's outro soloist is Portland fiddle player Luke Price. Zahm is the owner and head chef of Driftless Cafe, which he has operated with his wife in Viroqua, Wisconsin since 2013. What happens when you challenge three Wisconsin chefs to create three different dishes with the same Variety of Cheese? Since the average population of Midwestern cities with James Beard nominated chefs is 220,000, it's common to see honorees from cities like Madison, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Fork. Zahm has been a guest host of "Wisconsin Foodie" and has collaborated with the show to present farm dinners around Wisconsin. Experience farm-to-table eating at this outstanding eatery. Driftless Cafe, like the show, has a local focus; the restaurant buys the majority of its ingredients from within a 100-mile radius of the restaurant. This is Me - Control Profile . “We will continue to break bread as friends, and he will always be a part of the 'Foodie' family even as we continue to learn, grow and expand our culinary horizons.”. Inscrivez-vous sur Facebook pour communiquer avec Brian C. Turner et d’autres personnes que vous pouvez connaître. As the clouds begin to break and sunlight streams into downtown, it’s not hard to imagine what these buildings have seen in their lifetimes. Lucas a 3 postes sur son profil. Across the way is a stately, neo-classical revival style bank built in 1908. She noted that he is the president of Viroqua's Chamber of Commerce, among other roles. MILWAUKEE –Wisconsin Foodie, the Emmy Award-winning production aired locally on Wisconsin Public Television, announced today that Chef Luke Zahm will formally join the show as the host for the 2020 season.. Zahm is the owner and head chef of Driftless Cafe, which he has operated with his wife in Viroqua, Wisconsin since 2013. "I feel I am departing the show at a high-water mark. Find more information on website at Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery, PROHIBITION PIG IN WATERBURY, VERMONT | FRANCIS STELLATO. WELCOME TO THE GAZETTE The Gazette is a quarterly publication that celebrates the people and stories behind Wisconsin Cheese. They're a Romeo and Juliet of sorts, separated by a span of asphalt and concrete. Zahm took over Driftless Cafe with his wife, Ruthie, in 2013 and was a semifinalist in the best chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards in 2017. Photo by Jim Klousia. Venison steaks and venison stew are staples to hunters, but if you're looking for something truly original, look no further. Photo by Megan Monday, Ruthie&Luke Zahm. By  Lori Fredrich for ON MILWAUKEE | READ MORE, Luke Zahm says the James Beard honor is as much for the farmers in Wisconsin as anyone. Chef Luke Zahm has been called a sort of “Prodigal Chef.” He grew up in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin, moved around gaining important and transformative cooking experience, and finally decided to move back to the area, settling his family in the small town of Viroqua, Wisconsin (pop. Court Records found View. One Wisconsin name was new: chef Luke Zahm, co-owner of Driftless Café in the small town of Viroqua, two hours west of Madison. VIROQUA — Driftless Cafe chef Luke Zahm, who has owned the downtown Viroqua establishment with his wife, Ruthie, since 2013, is among seven Wisconsin semifinalists in the best chef in Chris Roelli takes us through his process of making a batch of the Dunbarton Blue. Luke Zahm, the host of Wisconsin Foodie, joined us to cook up Venison Osso Buco. He has twice won the Edible Madison Local Hero Award and was named a 2017 James Beard Best Chef Midwest semifinalist. Roelli Cheese | Driftless cafe. “Casseroles are all about comfort and efficiency,” he adds. In her visits, she usually brings along other diners to sample as many flavors as possible. The kitchen is in the hands of newly hired chef Mary Kastman. Zahm took over Driftless Cafe with his wife, Ruthie, in 2013 and was a semifinalist in the best chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards in 2017. “As a kid growing up in a small, rural town in Wisconsin, I found my identity in food,” Zahm said in Monday's announcement. In fact, Luke is a two-time Edible Madison Local Hero Award winner, and a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Best Chef Midwest in 2017. On this episode James Beard-nominated chef Luke Zahm visits with Mat and Cate Eddy of Ridgeland Harvest and helps them pick produce for a farm dinner featuring Hillsboro Brewing. There are currently 33 undergraduate residence halls at the University of Notre Dame, including 32 active residence halls and Pangborn Hall, which serves as a transition dorm when residence halls undergo construction.Several of the halls are historic buildings which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2013, Zahm and his wife, Ruthie, took over Viroqua's Driftless Café, creating a small focused menu using locally grown organic products. For 11 years, Kyle Cherek was the familiar face of the show, which is focused on Wisconsin chefs and food producers. In this delicious episode of Discover Wisconsin, we visited the Lakely Restaurant in Eau Claire and tasked Chef Nathan Berg with The Kammerude Gouda Challenge using Comstock Creamery’s signature cheese.Then we headed to Viroqua to issue Chef Luke Zahm at the Driftless Cafe the Blue Cheese challenge, having him use Sid Cook’s ‘favorite cheese’, Glacier Penta Creme Blue Cheese. Look here for the blog and social media accounts: Instagram & Facebook. All of us are just trying to get through the day— be good people, spouses, parents, friends, citizens. From left to right, chefs Luke Zahm (Driftless Café), Kevin Micheli (Charmant) and Anthony Swartwout (The Mint). An elegant, turn-of-the-century former hotel bearing the name FORTNEY sits at the corner of Main and West Court Street. Luke Zahm’s first jobs were in restaurants. Brian C. Turner est sur Facebook. “That was the light bulb for me,” he says. Jedi Council Forums > Star Wars Books, Comics, and Expanded Universe > Literature > Welcome to the new boards! One Wisconsin name was new: chef Luke Zahm, co-owner of Driftless Café in the small town of Viroqua, two hours west of Madison. Originally, every single little outskirt community had their own creamery. by Jet Waller&Megan Monday for LOVE WISCONSIN | READ MORE, Chef Luke Zahm (Driftless Café). A short stroll up the block from The Fortney, Google Maps alerts us that we have arrived at The Driftless Café. For Season 12 (airing locally Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m. on MPTV Channel 10), Arthur Ircink, the producer and brainchild of “Wisconsin Foodie,” crafted a new introduction and debuted new host Luke Zahm—a James Beard Best Chef Midwest semifinalist who co-owns Driftless Café in Viroqua, Wis., with his wife, Ruthie. Feb 26, 2017 - VIROQUA — Driftless Cafe chef Luke Zahm, who has owned the downtown Viroqua establishment with his wife, Ruthie, since 2013, is among seven Wisconsin semifinalists in the best chef in Luke Zahm loves his community. “The café menu has always been about the people who are producing it, and I found that I really connect with that,” he said. Hollywood couldn’t have written it any better. By  Carol Deptolla | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. As a kid in a small town looking for an identity, he found it in a newly formed cooperative of family farmers that became Organic Valley. Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, the area was depressed—dairy farming, which sustained much of the local economy, was in decline, and manufacturing jobs were leaving. In 2017, Executive Chef Luke Zahm’s masterful cooking earned him a nomination for “Best Chef Midwest” from the James Beard Foundation, making Driftless Café the first restaurant between Madison and Minneapolis to earn such an honorable recognition. Luke Zahm, a James Beard Award semifinalist and the owner of Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, ... Zahm and his wife have operated Driftless Cafe since 2013. Chef Luke Zahm, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Ruthie, works closely with nearby farms; the restaurant is amid the highest concentration of organic farms in the country. Luke has 6 jobs listed on their profile. “Kyle was the first face of 'Wisconsin Foodie' and played an integral role in helping thousands of Wisconsinites fall in love with local food and culinary culture,” Arthur Ircink, founder and director of the show, said in the announcement. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Andy Hatch and Luke Zahm for welcoming us into their worlds with open arms (and more than a few nibbles of Wisconsin cheese.) Viroqua’s Driftless Cafe is among the Wisconsin restaurants to have racked up nine nomination for this year’s James Beard Awards, which is the highest honor in the industry. They're going to be SO talented," Zahm said. After working in Chicago, he made his way to kitchens in Madison. At this small Viroqua restaurant, the back of the house is truly the back of the house, where one can find the new pit smoker, a basement chock-full of summer preserves, and a delivery location for local farmers, foragers and vendors from the region. He trained as a chef at top restaurants in Madison, two hours away, and soon he and his wife Ruthie, 38 and also from Vernon County, dreamed of starting a place of their own. ‎Music: it's good. The ribs are such a crowd … “That’s when I knew it was happening at home, right in our backyard. frederick zahm is on Mixcloud. Ruthie Zahm, the business manager for Driftless Cafe, said, "Part of what Luke does here, and part of what our restaurant is, is representing the food culture in the Driftless Region." The new host, Luke Zahm, is the chef and co-owner of Driftless Cafe, an announcement from the show on Monday said, and was himself the subject of "Wisconsin Foodie" segments. “For my staff ... we tell them all the time that people are paying attention to what we’re doing, the food we’re making, the impact on the community.” Luke Zahm, 28 Saint Cloud, MN. Luke Zahm, a James Beard Award semifinalist and the owner of Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, ... Zahm and his wife have operated Driftless Cafe since 2013. But then, Zahm, 37, developed a passion for food. View Photos. Find Rebecca Zahm for free! When I think of my schedule being chaotic, she definitely carries more than her fair share of weight. WELCOME TO THE GAZETTE The Gazette is a quarterly publication that celebrates the people and stories behind Wisconsin Cheese. Zahm took over Driftless Cafe with his wife, Ruthie, in 2013 and was a semifinalist in the best chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards in 2017. Luke Zahm loves his community. We are at Roelli Cheese House in Shullsburg, WI, home of the award winning Dunbarton Blue. “It’s super flattering,” said Zahm, who purchased Driftless Café with his wife, Ruthie Zahm, four years ago. He came home to cook for the town of 4,362 and took over the Driftless Café with Ruthie Zahm, his wife, in 2013. The dairy farming industry had bottomed out, and these farmers were losing their century farms.. So much of the magic of this place begins before the ingredients even hit the kitchen. Luke Zahm has told stories through his food for years, but he never thought his career in the kitchen would lead to one in front of a television camera. Morel Pasta at Driftless Cafe (Viroqua, Wisconsin). I remember delivering the Sunday paper, and on the front headline there'd be weekly stories about dairy farmers committing suicide. That being said, it comes as no surprise that Viroqua would make a perfect location for an outstanding farm-to-table restaurant. Chef Luke Zahm, a La Farge native, earned his stripes on the job from the ground up, working at restaurants in Madison, Verona and La Crosse. Zahm adds that it is particularly exciting for … Milwaukee's Top 30 restaurants for 2018, plus 20 more good eats, Kyle Cherek, TV's Wisconsin foodie, talks more than he cooks, James Beard nominee returned to his roots with Driftless Cafe, Journal Sentinel Food & Home page on Facebook, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. We’ve been selected to feature in Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery, a new guide to the world’s truly exemplary, ethical, organic and sustainable restaurants and food experiences, created by 57 leading food writers from 45 countries. “Those stories are what fuel my creative passion for cooking.”. His mission is to shine the national spotlight on the area’s role in organics, farming and cooperatives — and it seems to be working. “It’s super flattering,” said Zahm, who purchased Driftless Café with his wife, Ruthie Zahm, four years ago. Zahm is “the real deal,” according to St. Brigid’s Meadows farm owner Vince Hundt. The Stoughton spot led by chef Sean Crowley and wife Nancy Crowley creates a white tablecloth feel in each to-go box. Zahm and his wife Ruthie Zahm have owned and operated Driftless Café since 2013. Carol Deptolla has been reviewing restaurants in Milwaukee and Wisconsin since 2008. When he's not working as a side man in a variety of killer bands, Luke joins his wife Rachael to form the excellent songwriting duo DEAN!. The husband-wife team not only started the company for their love of paddling, but as a leadership and wilderness training program for local youth. The Stoughton spot led by chef Sean Crowley and wife Nancy Crowley creates a white tablecloth feel in each to-go box. Saying Luke is merely chef and owner of this small-town farm-to-table favorite doesn’t do his work justice. 1 Profile Search Follow. When she reviews a restaurant, she visits at least three times to better evaluate food and service. Or they just go to Driftless Cafe in Viroqua. Early adventures I grew up in La Farge, Wisconsin, a whopping 13 miles away from Viroqua. If their walls could talk, one can be certain they would have stories to tell. Wisconsin Foodie is an Emmy nominated independent television series dedicated to discovering the stories behind the food we eat. Luke Zahm grew up in La Farge, Wisconsin- a rural community in the heart of Vernon County with a population of 775 residents. Those who don't want to want to muddy themselves in the woods, head to local farm stands and grocery stores to stock up. Driftless Café chef Luke Zahm brings the bounty together. Photo by Drew Shonka. by Kristine M. Kierze for the JOURNAL SENTINEL | READ MORE. Join outdoor guide Keith Warnke to explore the edible outdoors of Muscoda. “54665" is a podcast for entrepreneurs who are on the go. Chef Luke Zahm shares a delicious recipe that he's adapted from from his time at Lombardino's. Situated in the Driftless region (where there is a higher concentration of organic farms than anywhere in the state), the cafe is a magnet for locals and visitors alike who appreciate rustic cuisine and sustainable ingredients grown nearby. Spoon. By  Rick Nelson for Star Tribune | READ MORE. Luke Zahm is a member of Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. Photo by Peter Thomson, La Crosse Tribune. One Wisconsin name was new: chef Luke Zahm, co-owner of Driftless Café in the small town of Viroqua, two hours west of Madison. Chef Luke Zahm was selected as a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef: Midwest 2017, and since then he continues to deliver excellent flavors. We are a locally-focused, farm-to-table restaurant in rural WI. Chef Luke Zahm stops by an infamous music venue, Sh!tty Barn in Spring Green to where he samples tacos from Enos Farms. HOURSTHURS-SAT 11A-3PM LUNCH 5PM-9PM DINNERSUNDAY BRUNCH 9A-1PMKITCHEN CLOSED FROM 3 TO 5 PM T-Fr and 4 - 5PM Sat. Comfort is key, says Luke Zahm, a James Beard nominated chef who hosts the PBS show Wisconsin Foodie and owns Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, WI. This year's James Beard semifinals were filled with pleasant surprises. Luke was among the seven chefs nominated for Best Chef Midwest. My name is Luke Zahm and I'm the Chef and Owner of the Driftless Café. View Luke Zahm’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. Cherek said he has a long slate of projects, including a radio series with WUWM-FM (89.7) on heritage restaurants, a chef demonstration series at Madison Area Technical College with food-service equipment-maker Vollrath Co., podcasts, speaking appearances and dinner-series events. With buildings lining the road into town, it’s the very picture of Main Street, America. frederick zahm is on Mixcloud. i've had issues with the way luke has been portrayed throughout most of the post rotj eu, and it's one of many reasons why i think that era of eu... Log in or Sign up. Luke Zahm is the host of “Wisconsin Foodie,” which airs on Wisconsin Public Television. with Luke Zahm, owner of Viroqua’s Driftless Cafe. As a kid in a small town looking for an identity, he found it in a newly formed cooperative of family farmers that became Organic Valley. Driftless is the latter. Whether you are at the idea stage or are having the seven-year itch, “54665” is about meeting people where they are. Working at Lombardino’s and making trips to the Dane County Farmers Market both helped him appreciate his Wisconsin roots. Zahm took over Driftless Cafe with his wife, Ruthie, in 2013 and was a semifinalist in the best chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards in 2017. In this interview, he discusses his experiences growing up in Vernon County, the importance of community supported agriculture, and the influence of the University of Wisconsin, among other things. Chef Luke Zahm has been called a sort of “Prodigal Chef.” He grew up in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin, moved around gaining important and transformative cooking experience, and finally decided to move back to the area, settling his family in the small town of Viroqua, Wisconsin (pop. Get current address, cell phone number, email address, relatives, friends and a lot more. For Season 12 (airing locally Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m. on MPTV Channel 10), Arthur Ircink, the producer and brainchild of “Wisconsin Foodie,” crafted a new introduction and debuted new host Luke Zahm—a James Beard Best Chef Midwest semifinalist who co-owns Driftless Café in Viroqua, Wis., with his wife, Ruthie. This bounty of quality ingredients is exactly why Luke Zahm, a James Beard-nominated chef and host of Wisconsin Foodie, chose this area ... these guys have such heart! In 2013, Zahm and his wife Ruthie took ownership of Driftless Café and began applying their version of a farm-to-table philosophy that works to incorporate seasonal ingredients while minimizing the distance between the farm and the diner’s plate. Jedi Council Forums. Criminal or Civil Court records found on Luke's Background Report Criminal or Civil Court records found on Luke's Family, Friends, Neighbors, or Classmates View Details. "I grew up in La Farge and had a paper route in the 80's. Turns out he had to leave to find his way home. For most restaurants the magic happens in the kitchen, but for Driftless Café the alchemy really originates beyond the back door. By  Danielle Renwick for The New Food Economy | READ MORE, Craig and Connie Minowa of the band Cloud Cult had been living in Minneapolis and were looking to settle in a small, progressive town with a thriving food culture — a place to get “back to the land.”, By  Samara Kalk Derby for WSJ | READ MORE, Eric Hartwig and his son, Ernest, 3, pass Driftless Cafe during an afternoon walk in Viroqua. All rights reserved. Vernon County happens to have the highest concentration of organic farms anywhere in Wisconsin - over 200 to be more specific. by Steve Cahalan for the LACROSSE TRIBUNE | READ MORE. The new host, Luke Zahm, is the chef and co-owner of Driftless Cafe, an announcement from the show on Monday said, and was himself the subject of "Wisconsin Foodie" segments. Zahm is the owner and head chef of Driftless Cafe, which he has operated with his wife in Viroqua, Wisconsin since 2013. 4,362). It makes it easier that Wisconsin has the highest concentration of organic farms in the nation; the ubiquitous Organic Valley brand has its HQ 15 miles away, and 200 farms are in the area. Chef Zahm’s menu is all heart, strained through a nouvelle cuisine-farmboy aesthetic. Tucked in the tiny town of Viroqua, Driftless Café is a Midwestern gem. The longtime host of the "Wisconsin Foodie" TV show is stepping down, and a chef from Viroqua is taking his place starting with the 2020 season. As such, dinner menus are finalized just hours before the meal is served. Food became the vehicle for his aspirations to build strong community between farmers and diners in the Driftless Region. Zahm takes over for Kyle Cherek, the show’s longtime familiar face. He is a two-time winner of the Edible Madison Local Hero Award, and … The relationships the show has fostered remain some of my most cherished," Cherek said in an email. The longtime host of the "Wisconsin Foodie" TV show is stepping down, and a chef from Viroqua is taking his place starting with the 2020 season. Wisconsin made a great showing, with four nominations from Milwaukee and an additional four from across the state. With the help of my wife Ruthie and 30 employees, we own and operate our 44 seat restaurant. — K.C. Submit your best image of the year to Your Best Shot 2020, and share your "worst" image in Your Worst Shot 2020:) First, there’s the dramatically carved landscape, a breathtaking roller coaster of hills, valleys and vistas that locals probably learn to take for granted, but here’s hoping they don’t. After working in kitchens for over a decade, I decided that if I wanted to cook with the best ingredients possible I would need to move back to the Driftless – back to the epicenter of the organic food and farming movement. Vernon County has the second-highest concentration of organic farms in the United States.”, by Clay Riness for L.I.N.K. As such, dinner menus are finalized just hours before the meal is served. Zahm also hosts “Wisconsin Foodie” on PBS Wisconsin. “For my staff ... we tell them all the time that people are paying attention to what we’re doing, the food we’re making, the impact on the community.” © 2021 www.jsonline.com. Luke Zahm left Vernon County, a farming region in southwestern Wisconsin, as soon as he could. Today on Rootstock Radio, we’re speaking with Luke Zahm, chef and owner of the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Driftless Cafe in Viroqua draws customers from miles away. But it's far more unusual for a small-town chef to hit the radar of the JBF team. Since 2013, Zahm and his wife, Ruthie, who grew up in Viroqua, have operated Driftless Café at 118 Court St. in Viroqua. As Wisconsin natives, the Driftless Region is where we call home. From there Luke is invited to check-out Enos’ unique pig farm and their Harvest Moon farm dinner. The ribs are such a crowd … The opportunity will give him a chance to tell the stories of chefs from all over Wisconsin, which is a dream come true, he said. He also shows us his cheese caves where we get to have a taste test of an experimental cheese! We purchased the Café in 2013 with the idea that we could create a restaurant that was about more than just food – we wanted to showcase the amazing farmers and food artisans that call this place home. Even more impressive is that one of the semi-finalists was Luke Zahm, chef and owner of Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, a town of just over 4,000 people. We wanted our food to serve as a bridge in our community and as a vehicle for growth into the future. It’s late morning when we roll into Viroqua, Wisconsin, population 4,362. Then we head to Driftless Café in Viroqua, WI where Luke Zahn uses Roelli cheese to make two incredible dishes! Listen for free to their radio shows, DJ mix sets and Podcasts Luke Zahm, and his wife Ruthie Zahm (University of Wisconsin Madison alumni 2002) own The Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, WI. Luke Zahm grew up in La Farge, Wisconsin- a rural community in the heart of Vernon County with a population of 775 residents. Luke Zahm grew up in La Farge, Wisconsin- a rural community in the heart of Vernon County with a population of 775 residents. VIROQUA — The Driftless Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant that Luke and Ruthie Zahm bought in 2013 and expanded last year, is drawing customers from miles away. One Wisconsin name was new: chef Luke Zahm, co-owner of Driftless Café in the small town of Viroqua, two hours west of Madison. … I am most proud of the crucial role I played in getting the show's initial funding, through my relationship with Jennifer and Joe Bartolotta, as well as the episodes I co-produced, including the show's only episode concerned with food insecurity," Cherek said. The farm-to-table focus and dedication to local producers is what makes Driftless Café worth the nearly two-hour drive from Madison to Viroqua. Listen for free to their radio shows, DJ mix sets and Podcasts While growing up in a small town in western Wisconsin, he worked as a car hop and spent time as a “certified sandwich artist” before moving away to pursue music. By Vanessa Herald for EDIBLE MADISON | READ MORE. He and his wife Ruthie bought the Driftless Café in 2013. Luke and Ruthie Zahm, own Driftless Cafe in Viroqua. We wanted to support our friends and neighbors to create a stronger financial community. We're 100% free for everything! We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Andy Hatch and Luke Zahm for welcoming us into their worlds with open arms (and more than a few nibbles of Wisconsin cheese.) Wisconsin | Driftless Cafe, ViroquaPopulation: 4,362There are restaurants that are farm-to-table, and then there are restaurants that don't know what's on the dinner menu until all the deliveries from nearby farms are in at around 4pm. Photo by Amber Arnold, State Journal, Gazpacho topped with house-made mozzarella. Luke Zahm grew up in La Farge, Wisconsin- a rural community in the heart of Vernon County with a population of 775 residents. Meanwhile, Cherek plans to continue his involvement in local food reporting, and the episodes on which he was a host remain in reruns. "They truly are our two little miracles," the couple said. Luke Zahm, owner and chef of Driftless Cafe and television host of Wisconsin Foodie, welcomed 2019 Wisconsin Idea Seminar participants to his restaurant last May. Eventually, he realized that all the great chefs were sourcing their fresh foods from the Driftless Region … from his people. “Some of them come from a long ways away,” including people who live in Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis, said Luke, who manages the restaurant. WHY: The Driftless Café, owned by Ruthie Zahm and her chef husband Luke, is a small town cafe in Viroqua, Wisconsin, that feels as if buoyant hipsters snuck in and staged an ongoing pop-up dining concept. MAGAZINE | READ MORE. Life. The chef and co-owner of the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua will host the upcoming season of “Wisconsin Foodie,” a two-time Emmy Award-winning show on Wisconsin Public Television that showcases the state’s culinary complexity. 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