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12 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Sam Kass. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Sam Kass, often where they are interviewed.

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12 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Sam Kass. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Sam Kass, often where they are interviewed.

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Why Pizza And Fries Can Be Claimed As Vegetables Through School Lunch Programs with Sam Kass

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Food is political, whether we like it or not.  

From the subsidies used to grow the crops that produce our massive amounts of ultra-processed foods, to school lunches, to the meals being served on our own dinner tables and even in the White House, the state of our food system is impacted by policy on an incredible scale. My guest on today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy has played a very positive role in trying to impact those policies for the better to make America healthier as a whole. Sam Kass is the former Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama administration.

After cooking for the Obamas in Chicago for two years, Sam joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. As one of the First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, he helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden. Currently, Sam is a Partner at Acre Venture Partners. Acre is a venture capital fund investing in the future of food with a mission to improve human and environmental health in the food system. The fund focuses on early-stage, highly disruptive impactful companies in the food system focused on agriculture, supply chain, and consumer. Sam is also the author of Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World.

*For context, this episode was recorded in March 2020.

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Here are more of the details from our interview : 


  • Sam’s experience training as a chef in Vienna and how it led him to think about agriculture and food policy (8:34)


  • How Sam began cooking for the Obama family and his experience working in the White House (12:24)


  • The passage of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and the challenges around school lunch reform (16:05)


  • How tomato sauce, French fries, and pizza came to be considered vegetables in schools (19:39)


  • The impactfulness of the “Community Eligibility Program” provision in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act which allows schools to serve free breakfast to students (25:24)


  • The current administration’s attempts to roll back standards put into place through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (31:26)


  • The reason why junk food is more affordable than healthy food (41:07)


  • Why government is not well positioned to change our food system (43:00)


  • Innovation in the food industry (45:00)


  • The negative feedback loop between food production and climate change (48:36)


Check out Sam’s cookbook, “Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World: A Cookbook” here.

Follow Sam on Twitter @chefsamkass and on Instagram @samkassdc

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May 13 2020 · 1hr 6mins
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Sam Kass — The Little Brother President Obama Never Had

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Sam Kass is the little brother President Barack Obama never had.  As the personal chef to the Obamas in the White House, Sam also co-founded a wellness movement with First Lady Michelle Obama.  His stories are rich, unvarnished, and fun — a perfect way to end Season 2 of the Black Sheep Podcast!

Jul 02 2019 · 48mins
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Norwich Odyssey: Sam Kass, and the Power of STEAM

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Never underestimate the power of STEAM.

In late October, Norwich held a STEAM symposium—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. With powers combined, practitioners explore the intersections of these disciplines for creative approaches to problem-solving. At the symposium, Norwich hosted three such experts, including Sam Kass, former White House policy advisor for nutrition under President Barack Obama, Stephanie Taylor, an MD and architect who spoke on “The Building Will See You Now: the Healing Power of Indoor Environments,” and William Thoet, former chairman of the National ALS Association and supporter of the Ice Bucket Challenge. 

All three guests joined our Odyssey team in the WNUB studios for lively discussions on important subjects that affect us all, from nutrition to public health, with a special emphasis on the importance of interdisciplinarity. 

In conjunction with the STEAM Symposium, Sam Kass also delivered a talk, “Eat A Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World,” as part of the Todd Lecture Series. You can view the lecture here

Norwich Odyssey is a joint production of the Norwich University Office of Communications and WNUB FM Radio

Caption: First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chef Sam Kass (center, pictured) show students from the Bancroft Elementary how to plant a garden, April 9, 2009. Photo by Samantha Appleton, originally published on whitehouse.gov.

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Nov 30 2018 · 48mins
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Sam Kass on How What You See Shapes What You Eat [2/2]

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In part two of my interview with former Obama personal chef and Obama White House food activist Sam Kass, I got schooled big-time about the role visuals play in how you eat at home. "The first lesson that I learned, that I think is maybe most helpful for people, is you eat what you see. How you set your home up can have a transformational impact on what you actually consume. Basically, the things you're trying to eat more of, you should put out in plain sight, and the things you're trying to eat less of, you should put on the top shelf or the back of the freezer, in the bottom of the drawer, because you see the bag of cookies on the counter, and then you say to yourself, 'Oh, I'd like a cookie.'" That's what Kass taught the Obama family, and if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me and probably for most serious eaters as well.   Though he served as one of the leading figures in the good-food movement, via his position as executive director of Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative, Kass doesn't have time for the purists: "It pisses me off, to be quite honest with you, that we make people feel a certain way about how they're wrong when it comes to how they're eating. This book"—Kass's recently published
Aug 09 2018 · 21mins
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Sam Kass on Cooking for the Obamas [1/2]

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All right, I admit it: I've always fantasized about having one of the Obamas as a guest on Special Sauce. And while I haven't given up hope entirely, I realize that Sam Kass, my guest on Special Sauce this week, might be as close as I get to that particular dream.

Sam is an author and food policy activist, and I first heard about him when he was tapped by Michelle Obama in 2013 to be the executive director of her Let's Move campaign, which focused on changing attitudes about food and nutrition in America. By that point in time, Sam had already been working at the White House for about four years, both as a chef and as an advisor.

Sam has since taken some of the lessons he tried to impart there and written the cookbook Eat A Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World, which is also something of a gentle food manifesto.

We started the conversation off with what it was like for Sam growing up, and he said that he started cooking for his family when he was nine; part of his allowance was even budgeted for the shopping. But he didn't really use recipes. "I would just make it up," Sam said, "I remember I cooked chicken thighs with a bunch of dried herbs and some onions, and maybe some mushrooms that I just sort of threw together. It came out actually really well...I got lucky, I think. Because then I tried to do it the next time, and put so many dried herbs into it that it was basically inedible."

Such is life as a nine-year-old chef.

As we talked, it seemed like Sam and I were bonding quite nicely. Well, at least until I brought up Chicago's deep dish pizzas, which turned out to be a sore subject. Here's a bit of the transcript:

Ed Levine: How did you feel about Chicago pizza? Were you a lover of deep dish pizza?

Sam Kass: Of course. Are you kidding me?

Ed Levine: I ask that because when I, I wrote a pizza book. A book all about pizza. In it I uttered some blasphemous statements about Chicago pizza.

Sam Kass: I'm amazed you're still alive.

I hope you'll check out both this week and next week's podcast to listen to how the talented and thoughtful Sam Kass became an invaluable member of the Obamas' White House team.

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The full transcript for this episode can be found here at Serious Eats.

Aug 03 2018 · 34mins
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From the White House to the World: Food, Health, and Climate Change, with Chef Sam Kass

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Entrepreneur Sam Kass talks about his experiences as chef and senior policy nutrition advisor in the White House, including titbits about the Obamas, initiatives to improve schoolchildren's health, and the lunch he served to world leaders made up of food waste. (Pass the "landfill salad"!) He also discusses the links between climate change and food, healthy eating, and hunger in the U.S. and abroad.
Sep 14 2017 · 59mins
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#34 Sam Kass - President Obama's White House Chef

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Today, we're meeting the chef who brought craft beer to the White House. Sam Kass served essential roles in the Obama Administration, from Assistant White House Chef, to Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition, to Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign. We're catching up with Sam at Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn – it's the perfect place to grab a drink and try to extract some state secrets.

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Mar 14 2017 · 30mins
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Episode 71: Interview with Sam Kass

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This week on Eating Matters, hosts Jenna Liut and Taylor Lanzet get the chance to sit down and talk with Sam Kass. Under Obama's presidency, Kass helped First Lady Michelle Obama create her famous vegetable garden at the White House. He also helped promote the administration's healthy eating initiatives, and of course whipped up meals for the POTUS and his family.

Nov 09 2016 · 47mins
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Former White House Chef Sam Kass on New American Food Trends

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I catch up with former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition, Sam Kass, at the International Association of Culinary Professional conference to talk American food trends and technology, and his newest venture with Innit on the most recent podcast of The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano.

Apr 22 2016 · 23mins
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Episode 25: Sam Kass

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Sam Kass talks about his road as a chef before joining the Obama White House, what he did while in D.C., and what the heck he's doing now.

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Sep 01 2015 · 22mins
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