Pippa Calland, Owner/Chef
Pippa Calland has a passion for life-long learning. Her deep knowledge of the art of cooking is the result of years of work, study and dedication. She attended the Institute of Culinary Education on a James Beard Foundation scholarship then continued to pursue her passion and education by studying at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Asti, Italy and at the Beringer School for American Chefs in Napa.
Her latest venture, Mid St8 Taco, is the result of her desire to get back to her roots and have fun in the kitchen. Weaned on food from the American Southwest and Mexico (her grandfather was born on her family’s trading post in Arizona at the turn of the century), Pippa cooked her way through college at various Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants. Before opening MidSt8 Taco’s first location in the West Shore Farmer’s Market in Lemoyne, Chef Calland set out on a research and development trip to Oaxca where she studied with renowned Mexican culinary expert Susanna Trilling to develop recipes and hone her skills.