The Front Burner returns after our fall hiatus with Mark Ladner, who’s moving on from his perch as chef of the four-star Del Posto to launch Pasta Flyer, a fast-casual concept he’s been developing for years. Mark shares the rigors of the fine-dining life, the Kickstarter experience he undertook to fund his new venture, and whether or not he’s got butterflies in his stomach as he prepares to take the leap. In our second segment, with one week til inauguration, we discuss the pros and cons of chefs going political.

Chef Mark Ladner