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Well, loyal listeners, we have got quite the amuse-bouche for you this week, one that is literally the top of the tops in the culinary circle – it’s Top Chef Season 16 winner and Alabama’s own Kelsey Barnard Clark here to share her wisdom and wit with Chef Pete.

On this week’s episode of The Raw Ingredients Podcast, we chew the fat with the famous fan favorite Chef Kelsey, the first Southerner to bring home that coveted TV title. From her start in high-end catering during her teenage years (including solo catering an entire wedding at the age of 15) and graduating from the Culinary Institute of America to working at some of New York City’s marquis Michelin-star eateries like Cafe Boulud under Gavin Kaysen and Dovetail with John Fraser, her gastronomic grounding in Southern cuisine pairs perfectly with the classic French techniques she has learned along her journey to create nouveau food forms that never fail to please.

She’s currently the Queen of Cuisine in Dothan, Alabama, with her catering company, Kelsey Barnard Catering and restaurant KBC, nestled in the historic downtown area. With a book coming out soon and a new restaurant idea coming to fruition, we’re lucky to have her get to chat here with Chef Pete, as the two discuss one of the keys to having a solid career and life: it’s not about how you look to others, it’s about doing the job and doing it right.

So, “Bonjour” and “Hey, y’all,” come listen in and load up on all the fixins in this week’s Raw Ingredients Podcast.