Signature Q&A: Josh Casper

What is your idea of happiness? 
Friends around a table eating food, talking about everything.

 

What is your greatest fear? 
Not leaving behind something meaningful and good.

 

What trait you most deplore in yourself? 
Doubt. 

 

What trait you most deplore in others? 
Wastefulness.

 

What is your most prized possession?
My pots and pans.

 

Which talent would you most like to have? 
Dancing, 100 percent.

 

What is your favorite quality in a woman?
Strength.

 

What is your favorite quality in a man? 
Humility.

 

What do you most value in your friends? 
Truthfulness.

 

What is your idea of misery? 
Cutting myself off from the world and people.

 

Who are your heroes in real life?
Dishwashers.

 

What was the worst day of your life?  
The day my ex-wife and I moved out of our home.
 

What was the happiest day of your life? 
When folks finally started calling me a chef.

 

Who are your favorite authors?
|Anne Lamott, Stephen King, Anthony Bourdain. 

 

What is your greatest regret? 
Being quiet about the things that matter.

 

Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Indiana Jones.

 

What do you hate the most? 
Close-mindedness. 

 

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I taught myself how to cook.

 

What words would people use to describe you? 
Nourishing, quiet, big, passionate.

 

What is your present state of mind?
Stretched thin, but excited about the future.

 

What is your motto?
Be kind. 

 

Besides the Pine Belt, where is your favorite place to be?
Pacific Northwest.

 

Josh Casper, 33, is the head chef at Depot Kitchen & Market in Downtown Hattiesburg, MS. After graduating from Southern Miss, he spent five years in Portland, Oregon learning to eat, hustle and cook. He took over as chef of the Depot in 2015 and has been moving forward ever since. He’s been nominated as one of Signature Magazine’s Best Chefs in the Pine Belt three years in a row.

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