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Chef Mike, CEC

Chef Mike has over 20 years of experience working in the food service industry in central Ohio. He earned his culinary degree from Western Culinary Institute and a bachelor’s degree in food service management from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Before becoming co-owner at The Recipe, he worked as Executive Chef at Tartan Fields Country Club, General Manager of Liberty Tavern in Powell, Ohio, Sales Representative at Michael’s Finer Meats and Seafood, and Director of Food Resource Development for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

In 2018, Chef Mike passed the exam to become a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation.

Chef Mike now lives in Delaware, Ohio, with his wife, Maria, and their dog, Birdie. When he’s not in the kitchen, he enjoys restoring vintage Volkswagen vans, hiking, camping, and listening to live music.

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Chef Dan

Chef Dan Kraus was raised in Chicago and now lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio. He earned an associate degree in culinary arts from Western Culinary Institute.

Since college, he has cooked professionally for almost 25 years. He owned and operated Baba’s restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, he was at the helm of That Food Truck, which was awarded the Best Food Truck of the Year in his first year of business.

When Chef Dan isn’t in our kitchen, he can be found in his garden, smoking meat at home, or enjoying time with his teenage son.

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Karen Rucker, our kitchen assistant, brings over 30 years of experience in the food service industry. When she isn’t helping with classes at The Recipe, she’s the director of customer service and quality for Karn Meats.

Previously, she tossed pies at Ange’s Pizza, where she was a franchise owner and operator; she also worked in various roles at Max & Erma’s in central Ohio for over 20 years.

Karen is the mom of three boys and loves cooking and watching football in her spare time.