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Kansas City Chefs Create Culinary Treasures

So three absolutely amazing chefs were walking down the street one day when a man jumped out from behind a bush... and surprised them with a simple request:

"Reach into my hat, and pull out 4 ingredients. I'll give you just a few minutes to come up with a dream concoction."

So they did. Or more precisely, they will during Wednesday's Up to Date, as Steve Kraske welcomes Room 39's Ted Habiger, Julian's Celina Tio, and The American Restaurant's Debbie Gold to explain real-life culinary creativity.  

As we visit with these three masters of food, we'll ask them what they think about food reviews from critics and patrons online, their toughest day in the business, the importance of local ingredients, and answer this question: Is Kansas City a cut-throat restaurant town?

On Sunday, Chef Ted Habiger of Room 39 created a meal based largely on the food growing in Powell Gardens' Heartland Harvest Garden. Learn more about the dinner and view a slideshow of his and his staff's creations from KCUR's Julie Denesha.

Learn more about Ted Habiger, Celina Tio, and Debbie Gold.

After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.