Chef Mark Chura is from Burley Foods and is responsible for sending some listeners and new friends to the podcast – in fact, I met a new scientist at the American Food Innovate Summit in Chicago in February because she had been keeping a look out for me because he had shared the podcast with her.

Chef Mark has a colorful origin story, starting as a dishwasher when he was 15 and then spent the last 24 years growing his skills as a chef – graduating from the CIA in Hyde Park – and coming over to R&D with Burley Foods. Burley Foods represents about 45 ingredient manufacturers, so Chef Mark spends his day helping find solutions for customers leveraging the ingredient resources he has. He joined us on the podcast today to tell us about his journey and what he would do with a can of beans today. 

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