Charleen Badman: On Male Chefs, Cooking for Famous People, and the Irrelevance of Her Lady Parts

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Name a place you've eaten in the past year that blew your mind: I love Roberta's in Brooklyn. Carlo Mirarchi does a great job mixing herbs, seeds, and fats with vegetables.

You earned the nickname "veggie whisperer." What's the deal with you and vegetables?: I don't know about "earned." Vegetables have always been the ugly ducklings of the American diet. I've obviously taken my eating habits on a healthier path. Making veggies exciting for others makes me happy.

How important are your relationships with local farmers/ranchers/food artisans?: They're vital. Without them, I'm nothing.

The best thing about being a restaurant owner is: Autonomy.

The hardest thing about being a restaurant owner is: Not being there while it's open. That's why I'm always there.

You've had men and women in your kitchen. Any obvious differences? Or are they exactly the same?: It's not the same. I will say that women cook and work harder without ego-driven self-congratulation. Women don't feel the need for the "Yes, Chef" answer back from a fellow cook.

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Nikki, thank you so much for the article I think that it is very cool that you are able to interview such fun and interesting people. Last week I was trying to find more information on Charleen Badman because I have been working on a project for culinary school up here and Portland, OR and I know that I am going to be heading down to Phoenix once I am done. Very well articulated article and made me feel like a got to know someone just through the blog. 

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