Q&A with Mr. Sanders


What is your full name?

Jason Sharp Sanders


Where were you born?

Phoenix Arizona


What pets do you have?

A thirteen year old Samoyed that I have had since he was 8 weeks old.


What is the last concert you saw?

Jackson Browne in Las Vegas 


What book are you reading?

Hallelujah by Scott Featherstone


What songs or albums are on your current playlist?

Beck Colors, Anders Osborne American Patchwork, Alpha Blondy Jerusalem, The Beatles White Album


You are stuck on a deserted island with one book and one album. What are they?

The Stand by Stephen King

Buddah and the Chocolate Box by Cat Stevens


What is your favorite restaurant?

Herbsaint (in New Orleans)


Coffee or Tea?



Where did you go to school?

University of Utah in Salt Lake City

California Culinary Academy in San Francisco


What is your favorite pair of shoes?

Birkenstock Sandals


Are you a night owl or an early bird?

Used to be right in the middle now I’m an Early Bird because of this job


What is your favorite binge-worthy TV show?

Black Mirror


Do you usually remember your dreams? Any you care to share?

I used to remember them all.  Now I usually don’t. Sometimes I dream of not finishing school and wake up happy because I did.


What did you think you would do when you grew up?

I will never grow up


What is your motto?

Life is making memories, not money


What is one of your strongest memories from the past?

Camping in the desert growing up in Utah


What was your last job?

Consultant for restaurant operations in Whitefish


What do you like to do in your free time?

Fly fish–since very young


Food-Oriented Questions


Who is a chef that inspires you?

Donald Link


What is your favorite meal to eat? to cook?

To eat: Perfectly executed reuben sandwich with baked macaroni and cheese and braised greens


To cook: Thanksgiving classic dinner for family


What is your favorite cuisine? 



What five items are always in your kitchen?

Cutting board

Sharp knife

Saute Pans


Dog Food and Water Bowls


What are your thoughts on chain restaurants? What chain restaurant does Whitefish need?

Usually they are not very good as most of the food is pre-fab and full of fat and sodium.  There are exceptions..for burgers 5 guys does a pretty good job.  


What is the most pressing issue or dilemma regarding the politics of food?

The legality of poison in the food in our country.  Many modified foods and additives/preservatives that are banned in Mexico, Europe and elsewhere are “fine” in the U.S. due to $$$ and politics.  We need to read labels and eat smart. Most people don’t.