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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Depot Theater welcomes two new chefs

  • Two new chefs—Zach Swenson and Nicole Web— have been cooking up tasty treats at the Depot Theater for the past month.
    Webb used to work in the kitchen at the Depot for a few years before she left for college, but this is Swenson's first time in the area.
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  • Two new chefs—Zach Swenson and Nicole Web— have been cooking up tasty treats at the Depot Theater for the past month.
    Webb used to work in the kitchen at the Depot for a few years before she left for college, but this is Swenson's first time in the area.
    "It's great to be back here," Webb said in an interview earlier this week.
    Swenson and Webb met while attending North Central Kansas Technical College where they both were in the culinary arts program. Upon hearing there was an opening at the Depot, they came for a trial run and were hired soon after.
    "It's great being able to come into work each day and do what you love to do," Webb said.
    Both chefs agreed that their favorite things to bake are breads and candy.
    "I think I like being a chef because I get to play with my food all the time and no one can yell at me," Swenson said. "That's pretty cool."
    "I've just always enjoyed cooking," Webb said simply. "I never even thought about doing anything else."
    Swenson and Webb are responsible for all things food when it comes to the Depot. Not only do they plan the entire menu for each show the theater produces they also order the food and then cook it each night. The pair also plans the menu and cooks for events held at the Depot, such as the 5x5 Art Auction being held this weekend.
    "It's fun, but it can get pretty busy too," Swenson said. "You have a lot of downtime in-between events, but then there's a mad rush to get everything done."
    Webb also said one of the best and worst things about being the chef at the Depot is a fixed menu.
    "You know exactly what you're cooking each night, so there's no surprises, but you can't run out of anything. There's no backup plans."
    The chefs cook a lot of their own recipes, but also have the option of working from recipes already on file from past events.
    "That's what we did for the last show," Swenson explained. "It made the transition a little easier on us since we were so new. But, in the future we'll use a lot more original recipes."
    When they're not working on food for a Depot show or event, Swenson and Webb are working on opening their own bakery here in Dodge City.
    "We're still looking for the best location right now," Webb said, "but we hope to open it as soon as possible."
    They also sell cakes for special events, and do catering.
    "We're still just trying to get our name out there in the community," Swenson said. "Right now we're doing a lot of jobs for friends and family, but hopefully we'll expand soon."
    Page 2 of 2 - To find out more about Swenson and Webb and the catering and baking services they provide, call (620) 789-0994, or like them on facebook, www.facebook.com/crumbsdc.

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