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Chefs Up Close – Laurie Graupner

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Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood


CULINARY IDOL: I don’t necessarily have an idol, but my mentor, Chef Dan Vargo (executive chef of Hilton Sandestin Beach), is someone I look up to.


SIGNATURE DISH: Anything with gnocchi. I enjoy the process of making it by hand.


MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT: Becoming the executive chef at Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood!


GUILTY PLEASURE: Nachos… seriously, I love nachos.


Chef Graupner joined the Seagar’s team five years ago as a part-time line cook under Vargo’s leadership, and worked her way up to Sous Chef before being named Exective Chef in January. The Menasha, Wisconsin native is a 14-year veteran of the culinary industry.

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