Phil Costner has always been driven to excel in the restaurant world. And even though he’s risen from chef to chief operating officer at Dallas-based La Madeleine, he’s not done yet. “I won’t slow down until my door says “CEO,” he says. He began as teenager helping his mother assembling Julia Child-inspired canapés for family parties, then attended culinary school and worked in fine dining. By 30, he became corporate executive chef for LSG Sky Chefs. ...

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