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The owner of a Tempe ramen shop on why he loves what he cooks

College students are known for seeking out inexpensive meals, and, at least stereotypically, it doesn’t get much cheaper than ramen.

A chef near Arizona State University's Tempe campus is trying to change that narrative.

Mark Kondo is the chef and owner of Yatai Ramen. He was born and raised in Japan and came to the United States in the early '70s, when he was 21 years old.

The Show stopped by his small ramen shop to talk to him and the conversation began by asking what got him interested in food originally.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.