Sam Austin, CDM, executive chef at Claridge Court, in Prairie Village, Kan., treasures his health, loves cheese and ice cream and wishes he could read minds.
Having everything I need to do my job well. Our company asks for the best and gives us the budgets so we can do it.
I can’t think of any. This is the best job I have ever had.
Losing weight and regaining my health.
Teaching kids. I love open minds willing to learn.
To be able to read minds.
Losing a child or my spouse.
My boss, Jamie McCarthy. He has helped me become a better thinker and more easy-going.
Rib eye cooked over charcoal, grilled corn and crusty French bread.
Rocky Mountain oysters.
Always tell the truth ... no matter how badly you screwed up!
I would love to attend the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
Four months in Colorado, spring through early winter.
I would like to have been at the signing of the United States Constitution.
Lidia Bastianich—but Julia Child was my mentor by proxy. Her books got me my first chef’s job.