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Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Wish, Joel Kasten began his studies in Hotel and Restaurant Management at UW Stout under the watchful eye of Phil McGuirk, who continues to be a mentor to Joel. Chef continued the journey with a degree from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Chef Kasten has worked with and apprenticed under some of the country’s most celebrated chefs, including Jeremiah Tower, the first executive chef of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. Other notable stops included Star’s restaurant in Oakville, California and New York’s premiere catering company, Abigale Kirsch at Tappan Hill. Chef Kasten at age 26 had his first taste of restaurant ownership with the purchase of South Florida’s perennial lunch favorite, Beany’s Café, named after the previous owner. It was located in Boca Raton. During his tenure, Beany’s was voted Best Lunch Restaurant and one of South Florida’s Gourmet 100 for four consecutive years. Before relocating back to Wisconsin, he accepted a post with the famed Opus 5 Restaurant where as Executive Chef he earned the award of “Best New Restaurant and Best Continental Cuisine. Upon returning to Wisconsin, Chef hoped for partial ownership of a supper club with a holistic approach of garden to gastronome. Looks like he got his Wish.