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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 Michael Dahling of Shamrock Foods Company your culinary produce questions.

Featured Question

Kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts have all been extremely popular on menus. What do you think will be this year’s trendiest item?

The big trend I’m seeing is chefs reducing waste by using the entire product. Much like the snout-to-tail style of cooking, we are trying to use as much of a product as possible for more layers of flavor and less shrink. For example, instead of only using broccoli crowns, chefs are putting the leaves in salads and shaving stems into slaws. Now more than ever, with global demand and changing climates, foodservice operators need to utilize whole plants. With all the time, water, care and resources used to grow our produce, it’s the right thing to do.


Good eating!


-Chef Dahling

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