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Farm-to-table chef Rich Mead is behind Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Farm-to-table chef Rich Mead is behind Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Chef Rich Mead moved through the streets of Santa Monica like a farmers market Sherpa.

After meeting me on one end of the famous Wednesday market here, he checked his list and started down the sidewalk behind the tents, ushering me with him as we made our way toward open roll-up trucks parked out of view from the everyday shoppers on the other side.

“This is where all the chefs walk,” he says as he stops by a stack of boxed greens to catch up with a local farmer, whom Mead has known for nearly two decades.

“I’m old, so when I first started coming here I was in my 30s or 40s and all the big chefs like Mark Peel and Suzanne Goin would come every week.”

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