Meet Chef Rich Mead the unassuming chef of Farmhouse in Newport Beach at Roger’s Gardens. Chef Mead has been cooking for GIANT tables of guests for years, so he’s looking forward to his return to OC Chef’s Table where he simply tends to 10 guests during the evening. Click to learn more about Chef Rich Mead and …

  • How he expanded his kitchen at Farmhouse when the crowds proved more popular than they expected.
  • What it’s like to host 140 people at one table for multiple courses.
  • The single greatest memory he has from he 2018 OC Chef’s Table that will keep him returning again and again.

Photo credit: Chef Mead by Scott Sporleder

Author’s Note: After 30 years of interviewing and marketing some of the most iconic individuals in the world, I still find chefs to be some of the most unique human creatures on our planet. Every time I interview a chef, I learn something amazing about him or her. These people live with a passion and authenticity that drives them beyond what most of us do or realize in our day.

And, when these chefs talk about their passion for non-profit Illumination Foundation’s OC Chef’s Table, the largest single-evening gathering of chefs in Orange County (and, now, L.A. chefs, too) to help raise funds to forever break the cycle of homelessness in families and children, it’s even more intriguing to me.

It’s been one of my greatest pleasures interviewing these people in what I call a fast-moving, quick read series, “Five for Five” series – 5 Questions in 5 Minutes