Observing the 12th year of the Celebrated Chefs program, the National Pork Board has named five distinguished chefs as spokespersons for ‘Pork. The Other White Meat’. Over 50 leading U.S. chefs have received the honor.

"The Celebrated Chefs program, developed in 1996, is designed to keep pork at the forefront of the latest menu trends," says Larry Cizek, director of Culinary and Niche Market Development. "This program connects some of the best chefs in the nation to pork, a top protein they are all passionate about."

The chefs were selected for their culinary excellence, creativity and originality in their pork menu items. The 2008 Celebrated Chefs are:
• Mark Orfaly of Pigalle (Boston, Mass.) –Mark continues to impress Bostonians with his internationally influenced cuisine.
• Debra Paquette of Zola (Nashville, Tenn.) –Debra specializes in Southern European and New South cuisine.
• Kent Rathbun of Abacus and Jasper’s (Dallas, Texas) –Kent introduced President Bush's 19,000 Inauguration guests to authentic Texas cuisine.
• Joseph Royer of Saturn Grill (Nichols Hills, Okla.) –Royer creates all menu items at Saturn Grill from scratch
• Charlie Torgerson of Famous Dave’s (Rogers, Minn.) –Torgerson owns and operates the Famous Dave’s franchisees in Minnesota.

The Celebrated Chefs program promotes pork's variety among chefs, foodservice operators and distributors. Through industry speaking engagements, Celebrated Chefs maintain a focus on pork as a customer-pleasing and profitable center-of-the-plate protein.

Source: NPB