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Richard Graeter

Graeter's Ice Cream

Richard Graeter is the President and CEO of Graeter’s Ice Cream Company, which for four generations, has been handcrafting artisanal ice cream in small two-and-a-half gallon batches. Since becoming CEO in 2007, Richard has worked with his cousins to open Graeter’s stores in new cities in the Midwest, as well as expand distribution to grocery stores across the USA. In recognition of his leadership, Ernst and Young named Richard an Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and the University of Cincinnati’s Goering Center for Family and Private Business inducted the Graeter Family into its Family Business Hall of Fame in 2015. The Munchies, Peoples Choice Foods Awards, named Graeter’s as the Best Ice Cream in 2013, and again in 2015, and Graeter’s took home the trophy for the Best Sweet Dish at the Best of the Munchies SOBEWWF event in 2014. And last year, the Specialty Food Association recognized Graeter’s with a 2017 Bronze sofi Award for Best Ice cream. Richard is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He resides in Cincinnati with his wife Nancy, and their two children, Will and Kate.

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What is your ultimate comfort food?Spaghetti and Italian sausage with a homemade red sauce.If you weren't a chef, what would you be?High school history teacher.What three things are always in your pantry?Fish sauce, garlic, and crushed tomatoes.If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?Bobby Flay and Michale Symon. OK, that's two, but give me those guys, meat, and a fire, and I am in heaven!