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BFF with the Chef aims to unite a community of like-minded enthusiasts who want to cook beyond recipes, better understand ingredients and hone their techniques and culinary instincts to cook the food they really want to eat. Each week, Nicole invites a new blogger or culinary professional to her podcast for honest, candid conversations about what they’re cooking, eating and the knowledge, inspiration, and experiences behind it all.

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BFF with the Chef aims to unite a community of like-minded enthusiasts who want to cook beyond recipes, better understand ingredients and hone their techniques and culinary instincts to cook the food they really want to eat. Each week, Nicole invites a new blogger or culinary professional to her podcast for honest, candid conversations about what they’re cooking, eating and the knowledge, inspiration, and experiences behind it all.

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Intelligent questions and lots of fun!

By natedogg1347 - Oct 12 2019
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Nicole is a great host. She sounds very professional and the sound quality is very good. Nicole asks smart, engaging questions to have fun with her guests. Fun to listen too. I binged all the episodes!

Fantastic Podcast!

By Brandi Wharton - Sep 09 2019
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If you enjoy cooking or just learning about food and cooking tips, BFF with the Chef is a must listen. Nicole’s personality is infectious, ams her laugh will have you smiling. I love discovering new (to me) food bloggers to follow.

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Intelligent questions and lots of fun!

By natedogg1347 - Oct 12 2019
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Nicole is a great host. She sounds very professional and the sound quality is very good. Nicole asks smart, engaging questions to have fun with her guests. Fun to listen too. I binged all the episodes!

Fantastic Podcast!

By Brandi Wharton - Sep 09 2019
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If you enjoy cooking or just learning about food and cooking tips, BFF with the Chef is a must listen. Nicole’s personality is infectious, ams her laugh will have you smiling. I love discovering new (to me) food bloggers to follow.
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BFF with the Chef

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BFF with the Chef aims to unite a community of like-minded enthusiasts who want to cook beyond recipes, better understand ingredients and hone their techniques and culinary instincts to cook the food they really want to eat. Each week, Nicole invites a new blogger or culinary professional to her podcast for honest, candid conversations about what they’re cooking, eating and the knowledge, inspiration, and experiences behind it all.

Rank #1: You Can’t Go Wrong with Ina Garten – Trent Pheifer of Store Bought Is Fine

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Today I’m interviewing Trent Pheifer, the blogger behind Store Bought is Fine, a blog where he has chronicled his way cooking his way through Ina Garten’s entire recipe repertoire. Trent started this project in 2015 after he got fed up with online recipes that hadn't been tested and also because he realized he didn't have the basic skills needed to be successful in the kitchen. After years of watching Ina’s show and seeing the success he had with her recipes, he created the Instagram account, Store Bought is Fine, which is a riff on a regular line that Ina uses. Since then, Trent has made more than 800 of Ina’s recipes and has moved away from cooking his meals from the frozen aisle, to using fresh ingredients to prepare most of his meals. Along the way, Trent has had a lot of fun, earned some food world fame, and has expanded his cooking skills.   

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Nov 07 2019

51mins

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Rank #2: Brighten your food with acid: Emily Wilson of The Craveable Kitchen

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This week, we get to hear from the creator behind the blog The Craveable Kitchen, Emily Wilson.

Emily is a former accountant who decided to leave it all behind and become a chef. On today's show, she teaches us how to make quick pickles and the importance of always having an acid nearby to brighten your meals.

Sep 12 2018

40mins

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Rank #3: Wine is for Joy - Aaron and Kellie Johnsen from Experience Winefulness

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Today I'm chatting with Kellie and Aaron Johnsen, the founders of Experience Winefulness, a company that focuses on helping others experience the joy of learning about wine by focusing on mindfulness and positive mental health. Kellie is a trained marriage and relationship counselor by day, and Aaron is a retired United States Marine. They started the company in 2018 after Kellie found that through her practice, people were using wine for self-medication and were not fully appreciating the joy that wine knowledge could bring. Kellie wanted to create a new mantra for wine was not for sadness, but instead could be used to generate joy and that wine could be enjoyed and appreciated, but a healthy mental attitude. Kellie and Aaron are currently living on the beautiful shores of North Shore Hawaii, where they are running their company.

Find Aaron and Kellie:

Website

Facebook

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May 28 2020

38mins

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Rank #4: Make Everything From Scratch - Chef Joe Gatto

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Aloha friends and foodies, and welcome to season five. The first guest of this season is Joe Gatto, a private chef who hosts the culinary TV series From Scratch, currently debuting on Pluto TV. Bringing his passion for scratch cooking, big personality and knowledge of film, Joe has created a truly unique cooking show from making his own charcoal, hand forging knives to milking cows to make butter and cheese, Joe goes all out to show you just how far he's willing to go to make everything from scratch. When he's not filming. Joe can be found hosting major food events in and around Boston, including Boston Magazine's The Cue. Joe is also the author of Seriously from Scratch, a cookbook that you guessed it, teaches you how to make a variety of recipes from the very basics. You can find Joe's cookbook now on Amazon or wherever fine cookbooks are sold.

Find Chef Joe:

Joe Gatto's From Scratch on Pluto TV

Facebook

Instagram

Chef Joe’s Cookbook – Seriously From Scratch

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May 07 2020

52mins

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Rank #5: Make no churn ice cream: Nick Hortense of Blogtastic Food

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This week’s guest is Nicolas Hortense, the chef behind Blogtastic Food. Nick’s goal for the blog, as he puts it, is to get as many people’s butts into the kitchen as possible”. Nick believes that home cooking can bring people closer together and he invites his readers to learn alongside him as he expands his food horizons. During the episode, Nick teaches us how to make no-churn ice cream.

Oct 10 2018

38mins

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Rank #6: How To Eat More Fruits and Vegetables – Jen Wooster from Peel with Zeal

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This week’s guest is Jen Wooster, the creator of the healthy food blog, Peel with Zeal. Both Jen and her husband, who she affectionately calls Mr. Peel, suffer from different autoimmune diseases. She has Celiac Disease, while Mr. Peel suffers from a more serious diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. They both follow the Wahl's Protocol, a functional medicine diet, which Jen blogs about each week. Both she and her husband invite their readers to join them as they create healthy recipes that focus on healing your body through food. They believe that food and life should be fun and that a little bit of humor makes each dish taste just a little bit better.

In this episode, we talked about Jen’s creation of delicious, healthy, adventurous and beautiful dishes full of fruits and vegetables that also fit gluten-free dietary requirements, how to make homemade tasty treats for your pet, “fake out the takeout” dishes, easy meal prep and the three components that will ensure that your recipe will be right on track.

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Other Links mentioned in this episode:

The Wahl Protocol

Purpose and Plenty (Jen’s Sister’s Website)

You can find Jen on her website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

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Dec 05 2018

44mins

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Rank #7: Nigerian Donuts are a Thing - Chef Lola Osinkolu

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Today I'm chatting with Lola Osinkolu, the writer and voice behind Chef Lola's Kitchen, a blog and YouTube channel that focuses on easy, family-friendly meals and recipes with an African influence. Lola was born and raised in Nigeria, where her passion for cooking started at a very young age. She cooked her first family meal at the age of eight and has cooked for most of her young life. Although Lola obtained a degree in geology and mineral science, she chose to follow her passion by instead first working in restaurants before moving into blogging. Lola now works on creating delicious recipes and teaching people how to do the same in the comfort of their home. Lola is also a self-taught baker, which she attributes to her grandmother's influence.

Find Chef Lola:

Website

YouTube

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

Recipes Mentioned in this Episode

Coconut Fried Rice with Extra Veggies

African Puff Puff Donuts

African Sausage Rolls

African Style Pancakes

African Stew

Jollof Rice

May 21 2020

48mins

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Rank #8: Five Game Changing Cooking Tips I've Learned from Guests

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On this week’s mini episode, Nicole shares five cooking tips that she has learned from her podcast guests. The show is on hiatus this week, but will be back March 6th with a new episode. Nicole has been using these tips since she has been interviewing guests here on the show. They've really changed the way she cooks. Nicole has learned so much from these people. They're so amazing. We really highly recommend if you want to improve your cooking, go back, listen to season 1. Start listening to season 2. You will learn a lot. 

In this episode, Nicole talks about seasoning your dishes, what to do with ingredients before you bake, how to make delightfully delicious fried foods, and the top tip for what to do for your food while you’re cooking it as well as heat control.

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Feb 28 2019

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Rank #9: Asian Paleo – ChihYu Smith from I Heart Umami

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Today I’m interviewing a special guest – my friend and cookbook author ChihYu Smith, who's also the creator of the popular food blog I Heart Umami. ChihYu’s blog is dedicated to helping busy folks like you and I make everyday Asian-inspired Paleo Cuisine.  A Whole 30 certified coach, ChihYu shares Asian-inspired Paleo, Whole 30, and Keto recipes on her blog. She also offers several programs including Cook Once Eat All Week and Feel Good Food Plan, as well as other online Paleo meal planning programs. ChihYu’s cookbook Asian Paleo was recently released, and it's already hit number one in Chinese cooking, Korean cooking, high protein, and gluten-free diet cookbooks on Amazon. ChihYu’s book has been featured by NBC News Wellness, Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Chowhound and Greatist. Two of her recipes also appear in The Whole30 Fast and Easy Cookbook. A graduate of Columbia University Teachers College, she lives with her husband and two dogs in Brooklyn New York. You can find her book now on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble as well as anywhere fine cookbooks are sold. 

In this episode, we talk about ChihYu’s journey to Paleo living, the differences between the Paleo, Keto and Whole-30 plans, cooking Paleo Asian Cuisine, tips for flavoring your meals with aromatics and sauces, a report from the Everything Food Conference, and tips for those who want to explore food blogging

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Recipes Mentioned in this Episode: 

Korean Sweet Potato Noodles mentioned on the show

ChihYu’s Cookbook – Asian Paleo

Asian Paleo (visit this link to claim the cookbook companion gift)

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May 30 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #10: Improve Your Health with Small Changes to Your Diet - Olivia Hersey from LivFit Training

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This week’s guest is Olivia Hersey, the owner of LivFit Training, a company dedicated to helping women and men meet their fitness goals. Olivia has been living the dream in Hawaii, where she's been a certified personal trainer since 2014, and she's also a group fitness coach at F45, a high-intensity interval training student. Liv is also an avid foodie and takes her meals quite seriously. She aims to have her clients have a healthy and balanced approach to nutrition so that they can meet their goals..

In this episode, we talked about how you can improve your health with small changes to your diet, how your personal trainer can be a fun part of your holistic life plan, three foods Olivia could eat every day, easy and delicious meal planning & prep, and how to enjoy treats without guilt.

You can find Liv on her website, Instagram, and Facebook,

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Jan 09 2019

51mins

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Rank #11: Staging at the French Laundry - Chef Ryan Peters

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This week's guest is Chef Ryan Peters. A former restaurant owner and now the current sous chef at Fish nor Fowl located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania Ryan has always had a passion for the culinary arts. After graduating from culinary school he moved to Florida to begin his career. After short stints in both Florida and Pittsburgh working under chefs such as Chef Kevin Sousa at the Former Salt of the Earth in Pittsburgh. Ryan opened his own restaurant inside of a Pittsburgh food hall. Ryan has also stodged at some of the best restaurants around the country to include one month at the famed French Laundry in Yountville, California. Despite all of those amazing learning experiences, Ryan believes that opening a restaurant was one of the best he had because it taught him how to run a business and see the big picture.

In this episode, we talk about Ryan’s journey to culinary school and his experience working in some of the world’s finest kitchens to restaurant owner, an inexpensive and accessible way to elevate your dishes, and how a home cook can approach the cooking process to make their meals as great as those of a professional chef.

You can find Chef Ryan on Instagram. He is currently the sous chef at the restaurant, Fish nor Fowl, which can be found via their website or on Instagram. Ryan’s culinary journey has led him through The James Beard Society, The French Laundry. He also competed to represent Team USA for the Bocuse d’Or.

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Apr 18 2019

47mins

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Rank #12: Just add water to cut the fat: Colleen Kokx of Mitten Dietitian

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This week’s guest is Colleen Kokx, the registered dietician behind the blog, Mitten Dietitian.  Colleen's blog is dedicated to providing her readers with the tools, tips, and recipes they need to live healthy lives. Colleen truly believes that diets don't work and wants her readers to stop worrying about food, and instead, embrace a no rules approach to eating that allows them to focus on their health and wellness. Colleen's a fan of intuitive eating and demonstrates how to live a culinary life that contains both carrots and cookies along the way.

Oct 17 2018

38mins

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Rank #13: Going to Culinary School ... online! - Madalaine McDaniel from Lakeside Table

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This week’s guest is Madalaine McDaniel, the blogger and YouTube host of Lakeside Table. A channel that is dedicated to showing you how to make simple and tasty recipes each week. A native of Saint Louis, Madalaine was a former medical sales rep, and a single mom that started out cooking by listening out for the fire alarm, however, after meeting her husband Jerry, and moving with him and his family to rural Illinois, she decided to buckle down and learn to cook. Since her early days of humble cooking, Madalaine has blogged about her journey become an accomplished home cook in her own right. She now shares what she's learned, as well as tips and tricks about cooking on her show and her blog.

In this episode, we talked about Midwestern comfort food and amazing authentic Italian cuisine, how to elevate dishes with spices, an amazing hack for dried herbs, divinely delicious popovers, the benefits of culinary school education, and a useful trick for measuring cream based foods.

You can find Madalaine on her website, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook

Recipes Mentioned in this Episode

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Jan 16 2019

49mins

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Rank #14: How to Start an Underground Restaurant – Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen

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Aloha friends and foodies, and welcome back. Today I'm interviewing Nguyen Tran, one half of the duo behind Starry Kitchen, a restaurant and brand that was started in Nguyen's small North Hollywood apartment. Originally, it was a way to earn some money after Thi, Nguyen's wife, lost her job in the big economic crash of 2008. After realizing they had an underground hit on their hands, the two operated from their apartment for eight months before finally moving to a legit restaurant site. Since starting the restaurant, Nguyen and Thi have become part of L.A.'s food culture scene and Los Angeles Food Galore. Just a few years ago, they started Button Mash, the next iteration of Starry Kitchen, and Nguyen has also been a frequent guest to shows on the Cooking Channel. 

In this episode, we talk about Nguyen’s fascinating journey from underground restauranteur to a key member of the LA food culture, delicious Vietnamese cuisine that you can make at home, and the tip to giving amazing parties.

Find Nguyen:

Starry Kitchen

Blog

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Button Mash

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Recipes Mentioned in this Episode:

Nguyen’s Cookbook

Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian-Inspired Recipes from America's Most Famous Underground Restaurant

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May 23 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #15: Plate Your Meals Like A Chef Marlee Brady from I Just Make Sandwiches

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Today I'm interviewing Chef Marlee Brady, the blogger behind I Just Make Sandwiches. Marlee's blog focuses on helping home cooks elevate their meals to restaurant quality by teaching them chefy secrets. Marlee was classically trained in culinary school and spent nearly 10 years working in restaurants. As a young chef, she competed in an international competition hosted in Austria. Marlee's goal is for home cooks to seek inspiration on what to make for dinner, gain knowledge on how to cook from scratch and become confident in the kitchen. In this episode, Marlee shares on the importance of and how to use different varieties of salt to flavor your food, integrating blogging into her culinary journey, and how to plate your food like a five-star chef 

Find Marlee:

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

Twitter

Recipes Mentioned in this Episode:

How To Make Homemade Pasta

Elote (Mexican Street Corn Dip)

Lemon Genoise Cake with Fresh Berries

Seven Simple Hacks to Elevate Your Dinner

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Jul 25 2019

55mins

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Rank #16: Love in Every Bite - Julia of Julia Recipes

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Today I’m interviewing Julia, the blogger and photographer behind Julia’s Recipes, a blog that’s dedicated to sharing her passion for food and her deep love of baking. Julia got started in the Summer of 2016, and she’s amassed more than 10,000 followers on Instagram alone. A self-taught baker, Julia seeks to share her vision of love in every bite by showcasing the homemade meals she’s prepared with fresh and local ingredients. She hopes that her recipes and her imagery will encourage other home cooks to do the same.

In this episode, we talk about Czech cuisine and the two unexpected core spices that make it delectable, delicious, easy comfort food that you can make tonight, and two tips that make every home cook’s meals better.

You can find Julia on her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

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Apr 25 2019

46mins

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Rank #17: Bake With What’s In Season – CIA Grad and Pastry Chef Kelsey Morgan

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Today, I'm interviewing Chef Kelsey Morgan, a pastry chef currently working in Honolulu, Hawaii. Originally from Sacramento, California, Kelsey originally started her life by getting a degree in theater arts. However, after college, she decided to follow her passion and attend the Culinary Institute of America, where she got her degree in baking and pastry arts. Since graduating, Kelsey has moved around the world, working in various kitchens in order to continue to hone her skills. She's currently just hosted a cake and ice cream popup with one of her culinary buddies, and I can tell you, it was a dream come true, because I was there. Kelsey's philosophy to professional baking is to approach each task with integrity and joy. She feels lucky to work in a field that allows her to share her work with so many other people. As she puts it, she wants to spend the rest of her career chasing the infinite possibilities of butter, sugar, flour, chocolate, and fruit.  

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Sep 26 2019

42mins

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Rank #18: Better Meals through Food Science - Jessica Gavin from JessicaGavin.com

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Today I'm interviewing Jessica Gavin, the incredibly accomplished blogger behind JessicaGavin.com, a food blog and website that focuses on the science behind cooking. Jessica is a certified culinary scientist and a certified food scientist with a passion for helping home cooks get a good dinner on the table. Jessica worked full time in research and development as a nutrition formulation scientist for 12 years and has been blogging for over seven years. Additionally, she's earned an associates degree in culinary arts, has two foodie kids, James and Olivia, published her first cookbook, Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking, and launched a recipe app. She recently quit her job to become a full time food media entrepreneur.

Find Jessica:

Website

Book - Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking: Recipes for Everyday Meals Made Easier, Faster and More Delicious

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

Twitter

Recipes Mentioned on the Show

Grandma’s Famous Italian Meatballs

How to Reverse Sear a Steak

Homemade Pancakes

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Feb 06 2020

50mins

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Rank #19: Mise en Place your life: Rizwan Asad of Chocolates and Chai

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This week guest is Rizwan Asad, a self-taught home baker who runs the blog Chocolates and Chai.

Riz was a finalist in the 2017 Saveur Blog Awards Reader’s Choice for Best Baking and Sweets Blog. During the episode we talk about how he got nominated for this award, we go into details on how to make pate choux swans, and we give away our secrets tips to making the best French Madeleine cakes, plus Riz tells us why we should make a habit of mise en place.

Sep 19 2018

35mins

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Rank #20: Keep your knives sharp: Brenda Sickles of Become Betty

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This week's guest is Brenda Sickles of Become Betty.

Brenda is a full-time teacher and the woman behind the blog: Become Betty.

Brenda's blog is dedicated to providing high quality consumer information about all things Trader Joe's and Stew Leonard's. During the interview, we talk about cinnamon rolls, Brenda’s favorite Trader Joes products and why it’s so important to keep your kitchen knives sharp.

Sep 26 2018

35mins

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From Fashion Model to Chef - Chef Angela Michelle of Culinary Kisses

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Today, I'm interviewing Chef Angela Michelle, the founder and chef owner behind the cooking education company Culinary Kisses. Chef Angela was a fashion model for 25 years before she traded in her stiletto heels for chef whites, driven by her passion for cooking that was nurtured since she was six years old. Chef Angela decided to start her company, which focuses on offering a wide range of culinary services geared to expand and explore her clients' culinary horizons. She offers a variety of culinary services to include online cooking classes, meal planning, and theme cooking parties. In addition to running her business, Chef Angela is also a published author, the host of a cooking and travel show, a culinary curriculum writer, a verified chef on Cozy Meal, and she's certified in plant-based nutrition by Cornell University.

Find Chef Angela Michelle:

Website

Cookbook – From the Catwalk to the Kitchen

Online Cooking Course

Newsletter

Facebook Page

Facebook Group

Instagram

YouTube

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Twitter

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Aug 06 2020

49mins

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Try All the Vegan Cheeses - Becky Striepe from Glue and Glitter

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Today, I'm chatting with Becky Striepe, a vegan food writer, cookbook author, and by the time this airs, podcast host. Becky has been a vegan since 2006 and has been developing simple vegan recipes since 2008. At her blog, Glue and Glitter, you'll find easy vegan comfort food recipes that don't sacrifice flavor along with tips for making eating vegan deliciously easy. Like me, Becky is a gadget cooking queen and she plays all types from the Instant Pot to the air fryer to help her cook delicious plant-based meals that anyone can enjoy. Becky has also written two vegan cookbooks, 40 Days of Green Smoothies and Bowls, both of which can be found on her blog. Her podcast, Talkin' Tofu, is scheduled to launch in July 2020.

Find Becky:

Website

Talkin’ Tofu Podcast

Cookbooks – 40 Days of Green Smoothies and Bowls!

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

Twitter

YouTube

Recipes Mentioned in this Episode

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Shepherd’s Pie

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Jul 30 2020

48mins

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Food Scraps are Treasures to be Used - Chef Joel Gamoran from Scraps

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Today, I'm excited to interview Chef Joel Gamoran, one of the nation's most well-known sustainability focused chefs and the host of A&E's hit series Scraps. In addition to his television show, Joel also previously served as the Head National Chef for Sur La Table  and makes monthly appearances on NBC's Today Show. Joel's book, Cooking Scrappy, shows students, viewers, and readers around the world how to turn food scraps into delicious meals. And Joel continues to find new ways to inspire home cooks with the start of his latest show called Stretched. Chef Joel is a graduate of both the Culinary Institute of America and the Culinary Institute of Florence.  He and his wife, Angelina live in Seattle with their baby Jenna.

Find Chef Joel:

Website

Cooking Scrappy: 100 Recipes to Help You Stop Wasting Food, Save Money, and Love What You Eat

Scraps: Parts Uneaten TV Show

Instagram

Faceboo

Recipes Mentioned in this Episode

Carrot Top Pesto

Broccoli Rabe & Sausage Top Frittata

Mushroom Stem Risotto

Banana Bread

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Jul 16 2020

49mins

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Sous Vide is Your Friend - Jason Logsdon of Amazing Food Made Easy

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Today, I'm excited to interview Jason Logsdon, the brains behind Amazing Food Made Easy, one of the largest sous vide and modernist cooking blogs on the internet and of course, Makin’ Bacon, a website dedicated to helping food bloggers succeed in the business. Jason is also a bestselling author who has published 14 cookbooks that have sold more than 60,000 copies, including the bestselling Modernist Cooking Made Easy: Sous Vide, and the official Instant Pot Sous Vide Cookbook.  He's a frequent speaker at the Everything Food Conference and he's the president of the International Sous Vide Association.

Find Jason:

Amazing Food Made Easy Website

Amazing Food Made Easy Facebook Page

Exploring Sous Vide Facebook Group

Makin’ Bacon Website

Instagram

Pinterest

Twitter

YouTube

Recipes Mentioned in this Episode

Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon Glaze

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Jul 09 2020

45mins

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Meet the Martha Stewart of Sporting Events - Daina Falk of Hungry Fan

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This week, I'm interviewing Daina Falk, the founder of Hungry Fan, a food website that is dedicated to helping sports fans have a great time and eat well while doing it. Having been an avid sports fan her entire life, Daina decided to create a platform for tailgaters, home gaters, sports bar goers, and sporting event attendees of the world that focuses on food and entertaining. Daina can often be seen hosting events, TV shows, and segments on game day dishes and treats. She's appeared on shows such as Late Night with Seth Meyers and the Today Show. And she's hosted Toughest Tailgate, which highlights NFL tailgating traditions on CBS Sports as well as participated in celebrity chef appearances for teams such as the New York Giants and Yankees.  Daina is also the bestselling author of The Hungry Fan's Game Day Cookbook, which can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Find Daina:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

YouTube

Vimeo

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Jul 02 2020

35mins

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Making Food Beautiful - Nicole Tingwall of Windy City Dinner Fairy

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Today, I'm excited to interview the incredible Nicole Tingwall, the talented chef and food stylist behind the blog and food styling account Windy City Dinner Fairy. Nicole gained a passion for cooking at an early age and as a graduate of the Culinary Hospitality Institute of Chicago, she served in many roles in the food industry, from the front of the house to pastry chef, to chef instructor, all of which have helped her hone her skills and prepare her for current role. Despite being a jack of all trades, Nicole ultimately fell in love with food styling. She started her company in 2010 and she hasn't looked back. Nicole credits her time from operating in intensely demanding environment of high-end restaurants for preparing her for the time constraints and unexpected occurrences that can arise during a food photo shoot.  Nicole has styled for top food brands including  All Clad, T-Fal, Protein Bar & Kitchen, Safe+ Fair, as well as many others.

Find Nicole:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

YouTube

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Jun 25 2020

54mins

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Save your Veggie Scraps - Brandi Wharton of Inspired Fresh Life

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Today, I'm chatting with Brandi Wharton, the creator behind the blog Inspired Fresh Life. Brandi is a former high school English teacher who left the field to head into bartending, inspired by her love of cooking. She started her blog in 2016 and hasn't looked back. Brandi's blog focuses on easy, healthy recipes, many which fit into either the Whole 30 regimen or the gluten free lifestyle. And while she mostly focuses on health, Brandi also knows that it's good to indulge once in a while, and she provides recipes for that too. Brandi's blog is a tribute to her love of gathering friends and family together and sharing good times. And while she can't do that at the moment, she hopes her recipes will be an inspiration to everyone out there that is staying inside and cooking.

Find Brandi:

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

Recipes Mentioned in this Episode

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Smoked Chuck Roast with Garlic Sage Butter

Easy Champagne Vinaigrette (or Marinade)

Grilled Peaches with Coconut Whipped Cream

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Jun 18 2020

42mins

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From Teen Culinary Champion to Eleven Madison Park - Chef Josh Walbolt

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Today, I'm interviewing Chef Josh Walbolt, a chef whose most recent position was at Eleven Madison Park. Chef Josh started his illustrious culinary career in high school where he was a two time Minnesota state champion in a culinary arts competition called ProStart, a competition that is sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. After winning at state, Chef Josh went on to compete at the national level, which cemented his determination to become a professional chef. After high school, Chef Josh honed his skills through a wide variety of experiences around the country, and has done everything from being a Chef de Cuisine, a catering company owner, a competitor in cooking battles against James Beard and Michelin starred chefs to mentoring future chefs in the very program that jumpstarted his career. He's also been a nominee for the Rising Star Chef award by the Charlie's Award, an annual event that celebrates the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities area's restaurant and food service industry.

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Jun 11 2020

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From Army Green To Chef Whites - Chef Tony "Maddog" Maggert

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Today, I'm interviewing Chef Tony Maddog Maggert, a 23-year military veteran who decided to become a chef after he retired from the Army. Chef Maddog began his  culinary journey in the US Marine Corps after he got put on extra duty in the kitchen galley. During that time, he fell in love with the work and decided to stay for an extra five months. Chef Maddog ultimately received a commission in the US Air Force, but transferred to the Army to finish out his military career. Chef Maddog served three tours in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, during which he suffered from a flesh-eating bacteria that ultimately took his leg. Despite being an amputee, he remained on active duty until his retirement. After his military service, he attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and graduated in 2019, making him the first amputee to go through the program. He's currently working on his YouTube channel, where he's making videos to teach others how to cook.

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Potato Chip Fried Chicken

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Jun 04 2020

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Wine is for Joy - Aaron and Kellie Johnsen from Experience Winefulness

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Today I'm chatting with Kellie and Aaron Johnsen, the founders of Experience Winefulness, a company that focuses on helping others experience the joy of learning about wine by focusing on mindfulness and positive mental health. Kellie is a trained marriage and relationship counselor by day, and Aaron is a retired United States Marine. They started the company in 2018 after Kellie found that through her practice, people were using wine for self-medication and were not fully appreciating the joy that wine knowledge could bring. Kellie wanted to create a new mantra for wine was not for sadness, but instead could be used to generate joy and that wine could be enjoyed and appreciated, but a healthy mental attitude. Kellie and Aaron are currently living on the beautiful shores of North Shore Hawaii, where they are running their company.

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May 28 2020

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Nigerian Donuts are a Thing - Chef Lola Osinkolu

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Today I'm chatting with Lola Osinkolu, the writer and voice behind Chef Lola's Kitchen, a blog and YouTube channel that focuses on easy, family-friendly meals and recipes with an African influence. Lola was born and raised in Nigeria, where her passion for cooking started at a very young age. She cooked her first family meal at the age of eight and has cooked for most of her young life. Although Lola obtained a degree in geology and mineral science, she chose to follow her passion by instead first working in restaurants before moving into blogging. Lola now works on creating delicious recipes and teaching people how to do the same in the comfort of their home. Lola is also a self-taught baker, which she attributes to her grandmother's influence.

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Coconut Fried Rice with Extra Veggies

African Puff Puff Donuts

African Sausage Rolls

African Style Pancakes

African Stew

Jollof Rice

May 21 2020

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Cooking for a Hospital System during the Pandemic - Chef Rocky Dunnam

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Today I'm interviewing Chef Rocky Dunnam, the Executive Chef for the Missouri University Healthcare System in Columbia, Missouri. Chef Rocky began his culinary career at the Le Cordon Bleu and has worked for more than 10 years in the hospitality industry. Chef Rocky has competed in the American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year Central Regional Salon. He's also won several awards and competitions in his career, including the Battle of the Area Chefs Championship at Restaurant Roundup Best Tasting, Most Authentic and Best Theme, and the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction and Gala, and has twice received the Amarillo Visitor Council's Prime Service award. Chef Rocky is also a former competitor on Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen.

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May 14 2020

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Make Everything From Scratch - Chef Joe Gatto

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Aloha friends and foodies, and welcome to season five. The first guest of this season is Joe Gatto, a private chef who hosts the culinary TV series From Scratch, currently debuting on Pluto TV. Bringing his passion for scratch cooking, big personality and knowledge of film, Joe has created a truly unique cooking show from making his own charcoal, hand forging knives to milking cows to make butter and cheese, Joe goes all out to show you just how far he's willing to go to make everything from scratch. When he's not filming. Joe can be found hosting major food events in and around Boston, including Boston Magazine's The Cue. Joe is also the author of Seriously from Scratch, a cookbook that you guessed it, teaches you how to make a variety of recipes from the very basics. You can find Joe's cookbook now on Amazon or wherever fine cookbooks are sold.

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May 07 2020

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Better Meals through Food Science - Jessica Gavin from JessicaGavin.com

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Today I'm interviewing Jessica Gavin, the incredibly accomplished blogger behind JessicaGavin.com, a food blog and website that focuses on the science behind cooking. Jessica is a certified culinary scientist and a certified food scientist with a passion for helping home cooks get a good dinner on the table. Jessica worked full time in research and development as a nutrition formulation scientist for 12 years and has been blogging for over seven years. Additionally, she's earned an associates degree in culinary arts, has two foodie kids, James and Olivia, published her first cookbook, Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking, and launched a recipe app. She recently quit her job to become a full time food media entrepreneur.

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Recipes Mentioned on the Show

Grandma’s Famous Italian Meatballs

How to Reverse Sear a Steak

Homemade Pancakes

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Feb 06 2020

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Latin Comfort Food with a Twist - Belqui Ortiz Millili from Belqui’s Twist

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Today I'm interviewing Belqui, the blogger behind Belqui's Twist, a food blog that focuses on Latin fusion comfort food with a twist. Belqui started her food blog just over a year ago, but has been an avid home cook for 10 years. Cooking was a way for her to keep herself upbeat through the harrowing journey of working through her son's autism diagnosis. She credits cooking with helping her to cope with that difficult time and decided that after many years of pouring her heart into her recipes, she would share them with the world. A former New Yorker, Belqui now lives with her family in Arizona where she maintains her blog and YouTube channel.

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Dominican Pernil (Pulled Pork)

Dominican Sazón (All Purpose Seasoning)

Dominican Rice and Beans

Cuban Wontons and Egg Rolls

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Jan 30 2020

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Easy Gluten-Free Living - Amanda Kanashiro from Eat at Our Table

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Today I'm interviewing Amanda Kanashiro, the blogger behind Eat at Our Table, a food blog dedicated to helping others live a gluten free lifestyle. Several years ago, Amanda was diagnosed with celiac disease, which requires a strict gluten free diet. While she was heartbroken over the food she could no longer eat, Amanda decided that she would start a blog to share all the dishes that she was learning to recreate gluten-free, especially the Peruvian dishes from her husband's family. Since then, Amanda's family and her blog have grown together. She now works full time as a food blogger and has discovered through blogging a community of friends and fellow autoimmune patients that view her blog as a resource. For Amanda, she hopes that her blog provides people with great recipes, but also information that helps them confidently live gluten-free without feeling like they're missing out.

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Jan 23 2020

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Bay Leaves are Important - Chef Ed Harris

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Today I'm interviewing Chef Ed Harris, winner of Food Network's Chopped Turbo Powered season four and Iron Chef International. He's also appeared as a chef on 24-hour Restaurant Battle, which his team won. Chef Ed began his culinary education at the Art Institute of New York City. For more than 20 years, he's been heavily involved in several aspects of the food industry from Saucier all the way up to Executive Chef. This eclectic background has allowed him to currently work as a consultant chef where he plays an active role in the planning, supervision, and creative aspects involved in the food industry.

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Jan 16 2020

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Practice Your Technique - Chef Tristan B Jones

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Today I'm interviewing Chef Tristan B. Jones, an American chef, who currently lives in Prague. Tristan grew up on a small farm in Texas, cooking game meat that he hunted as a child. He also grew up in the kitchen, cooking family meals with his mother. It was that curiosity of food that inspired him to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando, Florida. From there, he's traveled around the world to work in restaurant kitchens, where he could hone his culinary skill. He's cooked for presidents, dignitaries, celebrities, and he's also cooked on three continents as a chef. In 2019, he decided to write a book about his life experience in a raw memoir called Blood, Bones and Blisters: A Culinary Rant, currently available on Amazon.

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Jan 09 2020

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From the Infantry to the Line - Chef Joshua Tango

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Today I'm interviewing Chef Joshua Tango, a chef who spent nearly 10 months working at the French Laundry. Josh is originally from Los Angeles, but he left the city to join the United States Marine Corps where he served four years in the infantry. After his time in service, Josh decided he wanted to cook professionally, so he took a job at the first restaurant that would hire him as a self-trained cook. Josh worked his way up through the restaurant business around the country for five years until he got the offer to work at the French Laundry. Currently, Chef Josh works at the Charter Oak Restaurant in Napa Valley.

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Jan 02 2020

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Chefs Can Also Be Superheroes! Chef Darnell "SuperChef" Ferguson

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Today I'm interviewing Chef Darnell Ferguson, AKA Super Chef. Originally from Ohio, Darnell's love of cooking started from adolescence and would continue on as he graduated from Sullivan University in Kentucky with a degree in the Culinary Arts. However, after taking a wrong turn along his journey, Darnell found himself on a self-destructive path, leaving him homeless, in and out of jail and unemployed for nearly a year. But thanks to Darnell's faith, he used that time to reflect on his past and to reassess his life's purpose. With relentless drive and a new found spirit Darnell's best and brightest decision was to bring high end fine dining to short order cooking in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2012, Darnell began a series of popup restaurants serving breakfast within existing restaurants that served only lunch and dinner. This innovative approach led Darnell to open his first Super Chef's restaurant in 2015, and despite a series of setbacks, Darnell has continued to grow the Super Chefs brand into three restaurants. But more importantly, he's grown it into a community where cooking has become a positive and creative outlet for his employees, which include teens, young adults, and those in need. Chef Darnell is also known for winning the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge hosted by Giada DeLaurentis on the Food Network in 2018. He's also appeared on the Today Show, the Rachael Ray Show, Guy Fieri's Guy's Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network, Cheap Eats on the Cooking Channel, and has cooked for Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and can be credited with creating the cooking style Urban Eclectic.

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Dec 19 2019

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Intelligent questions and lots of fun!

By natedogg1347 - Oct 12 2019
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Nicole is a great host. She sounds very professional and the sound quality is very good. Nicole asks smart, engaging questions to have fun with her guests. Fun to listen too. I binged all the episodes!

Fantastic Podcast!

By Brandi Wharton - Sep 09 2019
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If you enjoy cooking or just learning about food and cooking tips, BFF with the Chef is a must listen. Nicole’s personality is infectious, ams her laugh will have you smiling. I love discovering new (to me) food bloggers to follow.