Featured Chef: Lucas Sautter

Chef Lucas Sautter – Alderbrook Resort and Spa –  Union, Washington

Lucas Sautter“I love to use Niman Ranch products because of taste and consistency, not to mention the way the animals are raised and cared for, I think it speaks volumes for the families and farmers. It for me is the best product in America.”

Chef Lucas Sautter brings over 12 years of culinary experience to Alderbrook Resort and Spa. He is a graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona. Lucas has been a loyal employee of Alderbrook since 2005, working his way up from Lead Line Cook to Banquet Chef. Before then, he worked at the Classical French, AAA Five Diamond Award and Mobil Travel Guide Four Star Restaurant, The Tack Room in Tucson, AZ. He was also the executive chef of Basilico Restaurante Italiano in Olympia, WA. Lucas is a member of the American Culinary Federation, Washington State Chef’s Association and is on the Culinary Arts Advisory Board at Olympic College. He resides in Shelton with his wife, Crystal and their six year old daughter.

We’re honored to have chefs with his expertise joining us in Iowa!

Featured Chef: Kelly Whitaker

Chef Kelly Whitaker – Basta – Boulder, Colorado

Kelly“Niman Ranch has always been our go to for sustainable antibiotic free pork.  We feel creating dishes with integrity is our responsibility as chefs.”

After completing a degree in Restaurant/Hotel Management at Colorado State University and at Hotel Institute Montreux in Switzerland, Kelly Whitaker cultivated his skills in the back alley trattorias and little-known cities north of Naples, Italy.  Returning to the States, Kelly perfected his craft in Los Angeles and Hollywood cooking in Michelin star restaurants, where he began developing his wood fire skills.  He opened his first wood-fire concept restaurant called Basta, located in Boulder, Colorado, after returning in 2008.

Kelly believes strongly in sourcing his ingredients as locally as possible, with his style of cooking being inspired by Southern Italian comfort farm food. He is currently expanding his talents with his newest concept, Cart-Driver, located in Denver Colorado.  This fast/casual autogrill-style eatery replaces the normal “to-go” repertoire with responsibly sourced and well prepared food. Kelly’s hospitality group, IE Hospitality, hopes to create approachable concepts centered on responsible, quality ingredients while maintaining the highest level of customer service.

We can’t wait to taste what Kelly cooks up in Iowa!

Featured Chef: Keenan Bosworth

Chef Keenan Bosworth – Pig & Pickle – Scottsdale, Arizona

Keenan“I use Niman Ranch for Consistency and Flavor, as well as how they raise their livestock.  Happy pigs make a happy restaurant!”

Chef Keenan Bosworth started cooking in the early nineties at a young age in Madison WI. His first inspirations of food and cooking come from his parents, who always maintained huge gardens, cooked every night, and took weekly trips to the legendary Dane County Farmers Market on the capital square.  He ended up working at the Edgewater Hotel, then later at L’Etoile with Odessa Piper, who re-inspired those childhood memories of fresh food, local ingredients and approachable menus driven by the integrity of the products sourced.

After a few stints in Milwaukee, he moved to Scottsdale, AZ and founded the Phoenix Slow Food chapter. This immediately introduced him to the limited but wonderful small farms and producers that Arizona has to offer. After working with Payton Curry at Digestif, and then at Atlas Bistro for several years, he opened up Pig & Pickle in December of 2012 with his business partner, drink-man and longtime friend, Clayton MacGregor.  They stay open late to provide others in the service industry a place to get good food and drinks after their long shifts. Their goal is to bring high quality ingredients with fair neighborhood prices to a relaxed, fun atmosphere, which they have most certainly achieved.

We’re lucky that chefs as passionate about good food as Kennan will showcase our farmers’ award-winning pork at the Farmer Appreciation Dinner!

Featured Chef: Jason Cline

Chef Jason Cline – The Birchwood – St. Petersburg, Florida

Jason Cline

“I prefer Niman Ranch because of their ethical practices and exceptional products.  What I really like is that they help the smaller family farms, giving an overall sense of doing the right thing.”

Jason Cline knew his calling was in hospitality since he was fourteen years old, which is when he began washing dishes at a local restaurant.  After graduating from Johnson & Wales University, Jason has since honed his craft with some of the country’s finest chefs and restaurants in Orlando, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco before returning home to St Petersburg, Florida. He is now the executive chef at the historic Birchwood Hotel, bringing globally inspired, farm-to-table cuisine to all who enter.

Chef Jason partnered with Chef Tyson Grant of the Parkshore Grill this summer to raise money for the Next Generation Scholarship Fund. We’re fortunate to have the support of chefs who believe in the future of farming!