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Casey Thompson, Executive Chef, Folktable Restaurant


rom Top Chef’s Fan Favorite to Executive Chef and Director of Restaurants for Sonoma’s Best Hospitality Group, this Texas native and intrepid traveler has garnered a coveted reputation as one of the most sought-after chefs in California and beyond. Her contagious energy and deep passion come through in each dish she touches and every plate that graces her view. To be as inspired as Chef Casey Thompson, you cannot just love food, you must live it. And that she does. Whether it’s back of the house or front of the house, we have a sneaking suspicion there is even more to her than meets the eye. So, as we love to do, we posed a series of questions to dig a little deeper into this harbinger of culinary artistry...

IF you could have been born in another century or decade, which would it be and why?

I’d love to be from the ’40s and ’50s for the clothing and cigarettes only. So chic.

IF you could be a character in any book, who would it be?

Alice in Wonderland. What a trip she had. Money can’t buy those mushrooms.

IF you had to choose now, what would your last meal consist of?

Cacio e Pepe from Roma Sparita, Baguette from Maison Juliene-Les Saveurs in Paris with grass-fed butter from Normandy. And a nap.

IF you could have any actor play you in a movie, who would you want?

Willam Belli.

IF you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you bring?

Lighter, sunscreen, and moisturizer.

IF you had to wear the same thing every day, what clothing items would you pick?

Duh, sweatpants and a sweatshirt.

IF you could make everyone watch a movie of your choosing, which movie would you want them to see?

Steel Magnolias. And we would cry together every time Shelby dies.

IF you had to eat the same thing every day for the rest of your days, what would you eat?


IF you could enhance one aspect of your intelligence, what part would you want to enhance?

The math sector of my brain.

IF you could re-experience an awesome day in your life, what day would you choose and why?

The day I met my man. I want to remember more about the connection we had that night. It was an amazing night.

IF you had $10 million to donate to someone else, who would you choose and why?

Any company that does animal rescue.

IF you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t pluck your eyebrows.

IF you could invent anything, what would you invent?

Cure for all cancers.The Snack Endstop