Q&A with Chef Sam Morgante, a Former White House Military Chef 2/4/2016
What is your take on the chef-driven fast-casual dining concept?
Whether you like it or not, I do not see this trend slowing down anytime soon. The industry must be in sync with this consumer trend when it comes to menu planning. This dining experience is truly the new lifestyle for all generations to absorb.
Natural ingredients/ minimally processed foods are being used more heavily in restaurant settings. How do you think this shift in ingredients will impact the industry?
This shift will have a great impact. People today are scared of processed foods because of the connection to that horrible word CANCER. People are changing their lifestyles to avoid illness and that includes the way that they eat. With this change in diet, the foodservice industry must follow suit and fast.
Have you ever had a recipe disaster?
Yes, I have a recipe disaster each and every day. That is how I keep learning and evolving my craft. Also, having others critique my meals helps me learn a tremendous amount about what I can do better as well as new and innovative ways in which I can change up my dishes.
Describe your favorite dish to prepare.
Hands down, I love to make chili or Tex-Mex based dishes.
- Foodservice: 4/11/2016 - 4/14/2016 at the Sheraton Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
- Foodservice Supplies, Equipment & Support: 4/14/2016 - 4/15/2016 at the Sheraton Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
- On-Premise Adult Beverage: 11/6/2016 - 11/8/2016 at the Westin Cape Coral Resort (Cape Coral, FL)
- Foodservice Natural, Organic & Better For You: 11/7/2016 - 11/9/2016 at the Westin Cape Coral Resort (Cape Coral, FL)