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Here’s to a couple of great guys . . .

The one sitting in the middle next to me is Chef Dave Prows, my mentor and a great friend.  I learned how to cook, how to live a fulfilling-balanced life and how to succeed in the crazy foodservice business from Dave.

The chef just to the left of Dave is Frank Krause.  You can see Chef Krause almost monthly on various local cooking shows around the Salt Lake area.  He is the director of the culinary program at the Art Institute and has become another mentor and friend of mine.  I have learned to be a better teacher from Chef Krause.

It just goes to show, that you can learn something everyday, from anyone.

Here’s to the mentors and friends in our lives that make us who we are!

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About the author, Shawn

Chef Shawn has worked in almost every segment of the foodservice industry. He holds business degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting and Professional Sales. He is Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) through The American Culinary Federation. A Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) through the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook. His work has been recognized nationwide as well as being a regular contributor to numerous food service publications and outlets and is the recipient of numerous awards-most recently the 2015 Culinary Educator of the Year through the local American Culinary Federation’s chapter-Beehive State Chef’s Association.

He the owner of multiple food service businesses and currently the host of the Business Chef Podcast.


  1. Warren Bobrow on 09/28/2009 at 12:38 PM

    Shawn: I’m impressed. You guys seem like you really are interested in the culture of food through learning, not just cranking out meals- one after another. I’ve done that in the Hotel biz, no fun, no soul! Your point regarding learning something from anyone everyday resonates with me. As a Food Journalist and Contributing Editor for the Wild River Review, I meet people every day through my stomach and inner eye.
    Your story is inspirational for me and I wish to thank you for the enlightenment. Cheers! Warren Bobrow

  2. Jeremy Johnson on 09/29/2009 at 2:44 AM

    Yeah Dave was a great mentor and so were you Shawn. I learned a lot from you. I would really like to know what this first timer business is and what you are doing.

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