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In The Weeds with Ben Randall

I began cooking when I was 14 years old and I never looked back. Enjoy the pirate ship.

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Episode 152: The Big Chill Too

Tonight Steve & Ben are trash talking 'influencers' (who can go thrown themselves into the sun), pitching a movie or two and having a devil of a time coming up with Kevin Kline's name.  Spoilers, it's Kevin Kline.

20 May 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 53: To Serve Man

I've always hated them up close, but tonight we hate on servers from afar.  We've all had that memorably bad service experience; now you're gonna hear ours!

1hr 20mins

1 Jul 2016

Rank #2

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Episode 163: Ellipses & Nonsense

Steve's back in studio!  We talk White Castle, food delivery companies and how NOT to write a wine list.

4 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 170: Cancel Karen

Just in time for Christmas, we talk about NOTHING holiday related.  Today we're talking about hiring restaurant staff, people bitching just to bitch and gigantic Twixes.  Also, we've interviewed Ali Gonzales from https://sustainableculinarysolutions.com/, a chef/consultant with 30 years restaurant experience.

21 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 165: Hiring & Firing & Knifing

You win some, you lose some, and sometimes you have to fire a lazyass. If you're applying for a restaurant job, we lay out tricks & tips here!  Also, an apple-free Apple Festival and Ben goes to a childhood nostalgia hotdog restaurant.

30 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 108: Continuous Nut Heists

Tonight we run through our all-time favorite food & drink heists, we examine Canada's stranglehold on the world's maple syrup supply and we write a dark sequel to Ratatouille!

9 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 109: Plains, Trains & Outer Space

Tonight we shout out some listeners, talk restaurant closings & what it means to be a Chef, and have a lively discussion about the width of train tracks.

15 Jan 2018

Rank #7

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Just The Tip Episode 7: Fridge Full Of Cheese

Going out for dinner? Check your baggage at the door. Also, Boeufhaus is tre-goddam-mendous.


30 Mar 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 84: 5 Hour Kale

Tonight we talk low kitchen wages, April fools jokes, the top terrible foods from each decade and the KY Deli gets a fondue restaurant!

1hr 15mins

3 Apr 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 68: Somebody Call Me A Hambulance

Good evening and welcome to "What Would You Do When Faced With An Active Shooter?" and other tales from the seemingly completely unprepared world of restaurants.


14 Sep 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 80: Cakes with Kelly

In this episode, we sit down with pastry chef Kelly & she schools me on all of the nuances of cake making and decorating that I should have remembered from culinary school. Ft. @kellydull & @cakewrecks

1hr 3mins

27 Feb 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 30: Waiting. And waiting. And waiting

Today, we make our first foray into recording a movie commentary track.  Sit down with us as we watch the Ryan Reynolds vehicle 'Waiting'.  They get a LOT of stuff right.  Sorry.

1hr 39mins

19 Mar 2016

Rank #12

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Episode 162: Yelp Into The Void

Yelp is bad in every direction, and trying to examine data from Yelp is even worse.  So let's do that!  What's the most affordable, best restaurant in your state? Probably NOT what Yelp says it is!

25 Aug 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 129: Fryer Truck

Oh, man, you guys.  Steve & I went to the Wisconsin State Fair.  And ate all the things.  Also, Chicago now has a Pizza Museum (your move, New York) and we want to put a bunch of fryers on a truck.

14 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 44: All I Want For Christmas Is A Rib Humidor

Christmas Food.  You wouldn't eat it at any other time of the year.

1hr 42mins

1 Jun 2016

Rank #15

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Episode 66: Sorry Not Sorry

Look, I've worked in a lot of places. Like a lot. Tonight we just peck at the surface of the giant list of folks that I owe apologies to. If we truly are products of our mistakes, then there are some people out there who are partially products of MY mistakes.

1hr 19mins

31 Aug 2016

Rank #16

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Episode 13: Never Take A Job Over The Phone

We're back home in Traverse City.  We don't stay long, but we make some solid, painful memories.

2hr 1min

12 Nov 2015

Rank #17

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Episode 24: The Big Drink

I set out to talk more about Restaurant B, but ended up talking about the multitude of bottles I've violated.

1hr 39mins

14 Feb 2016

Rank #18

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Episode 40: "You Paint with FLAVORS!"

Tonight we answer a list of questions sent to us by our buddy Josh Ladd (feralcuisine.com), and because it's us, we digress into relationship advice, customer bashing and Star Trek reboot fantasizing.

2hr 9mins

9 May 2016

Rank #19

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Episode 34: It's Not Us, It's You

We cover what makes jobs the WORST jobs, be it environmental, political or miscellaneous.  Also, don't be a sucky customer.

1hr 56mins

3 Apr 2016

Rank #20