This week on a remotely recorded episode of WORD OF MOUTH, host Leiti Hsu speaks with Christopher Kostow, Executive Chef at The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley, California. Under Chef Kostow, The Restaurant was awarded three stars from the Michelin Guide in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2013, Chef Kostow was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award for "Best Chef: West." Tune in and hear his life story - from how he met his life to what he learned under the guidance of Daniel Hume. Find out what it takes to run a successful "destination" restaurant and how Chef Kostow is able to run a three-star Michelin kitchen. This program was sponsored by The International Culinary Center.

"We'll always consider ourself not as recognized and celebrated [because of where we are]." [8:00]

"I liked the idea of having a destination restaurant - it makes the meal more valuable in some ways." [25:00]

--Christopher Kostow on WORD OF MOUTH