ACF National Convention Speaker Spotlight: Michael Sohocki

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Michael Sohocki, chef-owner of Restaurant Gwendolyn and co-owner of Kimura and Il Forno, developed his commitment to sustainability and authenticity over a lifetime of experiences that stretches from the Texas Gulf Coast to Japan.

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Star Chefs named Sohocki a Rising Star Sustainability Chef in 2012 and the following year, the James Beard Foundation selected him as a semifinalist for Best Chef-Southwest. In 2013, he and his partner Jenn Wade opened Kimura, an izakaya and ramen shop, which presents a Japanese experience previously unknown in San Antonio.

On August 7 at ACF National Convention: Orlando, Sohocki will speak on “A Search for Meaning.” His talk will center on how, for thousands of years, we have fiercely beaten back our limitations of region, weather, and competition for resources with the outside world. Cooking has become easier, more efficient and profitable as a result. We can now reach obscure ingredients our grandparents couldn’t have imagined with ease, in quantities, extremes and speeds never known. But in this race, we failed to realize those limitations gave us an identity we lost.

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