After 18 years as an Executive Sous Chef and Chef at multiple country clubs in his home state of Nebraska, Chef Bud Andersen moved to Texas and was a customer of Ben E. Keith Foods for over 2 years before joining the Keith family. He is now the Chef Consultant for Ben E. Keith Foods—West Texas Division in Amarillo, Texas, a position he has held for the past 16 years. As the Chef Consultant, Chef Bud supports regional restaurants in developing concepts and menu applications, new menu items, food cost/inventory control, staff training and hiring, as well as the overall profitability of the establishment. His cooking style comes from a unique desire to create complex flavors using simple ingredients.
In 2008, Chef Bud won Best Chef Amarillo and is the current director serving as host for this local culinary competition.
Chef Bud also is a part of the Markon “Ask a Chef” team, providing insight and answers to operators around the U.S. about produce applications as well as developing product for Markon. In 2015, Chef Bud was a part of a team that developed a blend now packaged by Markon called the Urban Blend, mixing the wonderful textures of baby kale with the peppery flavor of arugula.
In March 2012, “Back to the Table with Chef Bud,” a half-hour cooking show, premiered on KACV in Amarillo. The show was received very well, and plans are under way to produce multiple episodes of the show.
Chef Bud currently appears on his weekly television culinary spot “Good Life, Good Food with Chef Bud,” on KVII ABC 7 Daybreak at 6:30 on Monday Mornings. If that’s not enough, he participates in many charitable events and speaking engagements at area high schools. “Food is a facilitator. Since the beginning of time, man has gathered together to eat. Enjoy this time!”
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