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September is National Organic Month, so we're digging up some tips for eating organic with Chef Ken Durbin, owner of The At Home Chef. / Image: Twin Spire Photography
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Tasty Tuesday: Organic ingredients with The At Home Chef

September is National Organic Month, so we're digging up some tips for eating organic with Chef Ken Durbin, owner of The At Home Chef, a Greater Cincinnati-based personal chef service.

"We create custom, in-home dinner experiences for small groups. Everything from date night to dinner parties," he explains. "Proud to say I've never repeated a menu. That's because each dinner should be a reflection of you. We can create vegan, vegetarian, and other specific dishes -- or entire dinners -- to respect your values and preferences."

Durbin says there's been a big increase in demand for organic recently.

"I now cook with primarily all organic ingredients, almost exclusively sourced within a 30-minute radius of Cincinnati," he says. "It really enhances the flavors, plus it helps to support other local businesses and farmers."

Through years of being in the restaurant industry, and now running an award-winning personal chef business, Durbin has developed relationships with several local farmers and specialty purveyors. Also an automotive enthusiast, Durbin likens his farm visits to seeing a classic car. "You can see it, know what it is -- and even buy it -- but you miss out on so much if you don't actually talk with the owner about it. You learn all the intricate details you would have never known otherwise," he says. "Same with a farmer. I love asking about what came in well that season, how did weather affect certain foods or flavors. So much to learn and it's always changing."

When it comes to organic foods, there are currently three different levels of organic, Durbin says.

"There's '100% organic,' 'organic,' and 'made with organic,'" he explains. "'100% organic' means that all ingredients are organic and no non-organic ingredients or processing aids are used. 'Organic' means that 95% of ingredients are organic and the remainder of ingredients are approved for use in organics. And 'made with organic' means that at least 70% are organic ingredients or up to three organic ingredients or food groups. All three levels can carry the ‘USDA Organic’ label."

Durbin says some of his favorite farms and purveyors to source ingredients include: ETC Produce and Provisions at Findlay Market, Roothouse Aquaponics for fresh lettuce and microgreens, CinSoy for artisan condiments, Boards and Beez for fresh cheeses and charcuterie boards, as well as Turner Farm, The Chef's Garden, and McGlasson Farms.

Not only does The At Home Chef source, prepare and serve your meal, they also take care of everything else, like clearing the table, cleaning your kitchen and taking out the trash (click here to see our recent review!).

"Just set the table and we do the rest so you can enjoy your dinner and guests," he says. “Personally and professionally, my motto has always been 'Enjoy Life,' but now even more so after the pandemic and not being able to be around family and friends as much. I love that what we do helps people spend quality time with those who matter most."

Voted Best Private Chef in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, click here to learn more about The At Home Chef.

"We're already booking now for the holidays and into the new year," Durbin says. “So, if you’re interested in learning more, or you have a date you’d like to reserve, let’s talk soon.”

Contact Durbin at ken@theathomechef.com or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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