#59: Alamexo – Acclaimed Chef Shows Victory is Spicy

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Some people spend their whole lives chasing their dreams. For Matt Lake, his life path became clear at the young age of 11. His parents took over a general store and began a small deli catering business, and Matt quickly dove into the family business. Whether helping run an event, putting together deli trays, or interacting with customers, Matt fell in love with the food industry. And he fell hard. So hard, in fact, that at the ripe age of 18 he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America. And he’s been on the food path ever since. Named “Best Young Chef” by Food & Wine Magazine, and working in some of the top restaurants in the country with decorated chefs and mentors, Matt Lake and his family ventured to Utah, where Matt saw the local food scene and our incredible produce as an untapped opportunity. After many trials, lessons, and even some failures, Matt successfully launched Alamexo in 2014. And he’s been winning awards and impressing customers ever since.

Join us as we sit down with Matt Lake, the co-owner/executive Chef of Alamexo, and hear the incredible story of a man who has gained national attention for his work, and who keeps his talents, and his cuisine, all local.

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This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us onFacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week!