Odiorne also strives to work on the portion of potatoes on restaurant plates. With the rising cost of meat, he hopes chefs will fill any empty space with larger potato servings.
Potato suppliers have noticed increased interest for potatoes in foodservice.
“I have seen a difference in the last few months and years in the restaurant offerings of potatoes,” said Steve Phipps, owner of Market Fresh Produce LLC, Nixa, Mo.
“It’s pretty exciting to see what is ahead for the potato industry.”
Paul Dolan, president of Associated Potato Growers Inc., Grand Forks, N.D., said he also has seen an increase in foodservice potato sales.
He attributes the added interest to a good crop.
“I think the increase is mostly based on the quality of potatoes we have,” he said.