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Chef Russell Ingram: Southern Fried & Sustainable Zero Waste Dining with Dot's Nashville Hot Chicken Food Truck
Episode 20316th January 2023 • I am Northwest Arkansas • Randy Wilburn
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"I didn't want to do business unless I did it right. And I love nature. It's a big part of my life. I grew up in it, and I just strayed away from it for all those years that I was in the city. And now that we moved out here, we're in the mountains. Fayetteville is huge on sustainability and the environment. I really loved that. And I thought it was a great opportunity for me to implement these business ideas." -  Russell Ingram

Chef Russell Ingram is a self-taught culinary expert who has spent the past 12 years honing his craft in some of the best kitchens in the world. He is now the owner of the Dot's Nashville Hot Chicken food truck, where he strives to create a zero-waste dining experience with locally sourced ingredients.

Chef Russell Ingram was unsatisfied with his retail job and decided to take a leap of faith into a professional kitchen. With no experience, he quickly became a master of all the stations and was able to create dishes that were put on the menu. He then went to Atlanta to gain more experience before returning to Nashville. He wanted to focus on more intricate dishes, so he jumped up to Chef de Cuisine at a French restaurant. 

After moving to Northwest Arkansas, he noticed no hot chicken food trucks, so he decided to open one himself. He was determined to make it as sustainable as possible, so he sourced all of his ingredients locally and set up a composting system for the waste product. He now runs two businesses, a hot chicken food truck and the Yacht Club Food Truck Park on N. College Avenue in Fayetteville. 

In this episode, you will learn the following:

1. Chef Russell Ingram's ambitious journey from retail to running his own sustainable Food Truck restaurant.

2. The deliciousness of Nashville hot chicken and how to recreate the perfect texture with smashed red potatoes.

3. How Chef Russell Ingram has implemented a sustainable zero-waste dining experience in Northwest Arkansas.

All this and more on this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast.


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Russell Ingram Email

Dot's Nashville Hot Chicken Website

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