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Bringing Balance to the Kitchen
Two female chefs share their experiences in the restaurant industry,
including challenges, successes and surprises along their climb up the ladder.
written by Shari Dragovich

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cookie shop. Her second job was at a wine bar. In
both places, the kitchens were women-led; SteuberKaczmarski remembers these first culinary experiences
with deep fondness.
"I had great experiences at those places," says
Steuber-Kaczmarski. "Everyone worked so well
together. I loved the early morning schedule. It was a
great atmosphere."
Mehrkens, a Roanoke native, also grew up in the
kitchen. For her, family and food go hand in hand. It's
what she was surrounded by as a child and it's where
she's most comfortable as an adult.
"I cook my emotions," says Mehrkens. "Food is
where I'm comfortable; cooking is personal to me."
Mehrkens was 38 years old when she enrolled at the
Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at Virginia Western
in 2010. She already held two degrees: one in criminal

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hen Pastr y S ous Chef Madi
Steuber-Kaczmarski and Executive
Chef Darla Mehrkens entered
the culinary world, they weren't
thinking about the severe uphill climb chefs face. They
weren't thinking of how competitive the chef world is,
or how they would spend most of their careers as the
lone women in a sea of men.
The only thing they were thinking was how much
they loved the kitchen.
Steuber-Kaczmarski grew up experimenting in the
kitchen. One of her favorite experiments was baking
cookies for her father, changing the recipe a little each
time. Upon graduating high school in 2009, the central
Missouri native attended culinary school in St. Louis
and earned her associate's degree in 2011. SteuberKaczmarski's first job was-not surprisingly-at a

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