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Even the most accomplished chefs have questions about ingredients, pairings, shelf-life, and more.

Running a foodservice operation is a multi-faceted job that requires hard work, determination, and most of all, the passion to continue learning.

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Chefs are unique—creative, curious, and full of passion. And whether you’ve been in the industry for one year or thirty, you still need a trusted source for all of your produce questions. What is the latest ‘it’ ingredient? How do you make produce the center-of-the-plate for the increasing number of veg- and flexitarians? What’s the latest trend in beverages? Foodservice is one of the most complex industries in the world today—one that concerns not only basic nourishment, but customer cravings, health requirements, allergy options, and ever-changing trends. That’s why Markon has gathered a group of our member- and grower-affiliated chefs to answer your questions about produce. Ask Chef Chris Casson of Shamrock Foods Company your culinary produce questions.

Featured Question

It’s grilling season—what are your favorite produce items on the grill?

Chefs are now pulling away from the more traditional grilling items like asparagus and zucchini. I suggest using grill pans to give cruciferous vegetables such as pre-blanched RSS Brussels Sprouts, MFC Kalettes, and RSS Broccoli Florets a deeply charred flavor. I also like to marinate par-boiled and sliced sweet potatoes with soy sauce and mirin, then grill for a sweet yet savory taste. The key is to get adventurous.

Good eating!

-Chef Casson


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