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Meet Chef Zac Young of Marketplace Restaurant at Theater Square in Downtown Louisville

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Meet Chef Zac Young of Marketplace Restaurant at Theater Square in Downtown Louisville

Mar 8, 2019

We sat down with Chef Zac Young of Marketplace Restaurant at Theater Square in Louisville, Kentucky. Here's what he had to say about cooking, life as a foodie in the Derby City and more!

How did you develop your love of cooking?

It started off in the kitchen at home. My mother and I would stand over the stove and make classics like beef stew and chicken pot pie. I still cook with my mother at all of our holiday events. Birthdays, she cooks for me!

How did you end up in or choose to work in Louisville?

I am from Louisville, so I started cooking here when I was 18 at Ramsi’s Café on the World. I also cooked in New York a couple of times in the past few years and seriously considered moving there for a while. I love it there too, but Louisville is home.

What is your favorite thing about cooking?

I'm not sure I could nail down one thing. Creating is huge for me. Coming up with fun new dishes is exciting and I love playing around in the kitchen, but there is nothing like making someone happy at the table. Feeding them something they didn’t know they love… But it turns into their new favorite thing.

What is your favorite thing about Louisville?

Food! The food scene here is tremendous. Any number of great lunches, brunches and definitely dinners are within walking distance. For a city this size it’s unbelievable.

Your thoughts on the future of Louisville’s foodie scene?

Well, it’s definitely moving up, and quickly. Restaurants are more common, with better quality, but also more affordable. But I feel like we need more people all around. People to work in restaurants and people to eat at them. We need to keep growing. The market is so dense currently, and while that is not a bad thing per se, I’m not sure the current model can go on without more people. But I would put Louisville up against any city of its size, larger or smaller, for its food.

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