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Andrew Talks to Chefs

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Our top chefs, as you’ve never heard them before. Author Andrew Friedman, one of the nation's chief chroniclers of professional kitchen life, interviews a diverse cross-section of the best and biggest names in the business, bringing his personal relationships and industry knowledge to bear in coaxing personal and professional revelations from his guests.

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Our top chefs, as you’ve never heard them before. Author Andrew Friedman, one of the nation's chief chroniclers of professional kitchen life, interviews a diverse cross-section of the best and biggest names in the business, bringing his personal relationships and industry knowledge to bear in coaxing personal and professional revelations from his guests.

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By wild bill kamuela - Apr 29 2020
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Good show thanks.... chef in prior life... trained at P. BOCUSE..good ole days. How about doing a critique of the cooking scene in Babette’s Feast... completely depressing movie but wonderful cooking... classic. Merci

Great conversations with TOP chefs!!

By Nathan E. V. - Apr 01 2020
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Andrew, great job on a wonderful podcast. As a professional chef, good F&B themed podcasts are few and far between, but yours is truly a pleasure to listen to. Enjoyed your book, but only these last few weeks stumbled upon your podcast and thank god I did! Don’t change anything, seriously!

iTunes Ratings

211 Ratings
Average Ratings
193
10
4
2
2

Interesting

By wild bill kamuela - Apr 29 2020
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Good show thanks.... chef in prior life... trained at P. BOCUSE..good ole days. How about doing a critique of the cooking scene in Babette’s Feast... completely depressing movie but wonderful cooking... classic. Merci

Great conversations with TOP chefs!!

By Nathan E. V. - Apr 01 2020
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Andrew, great job on a wonderful podcast. As a professional chef, good F&B themed podcasts are few and far between, but yours is truly a pleasure to listen to. Enjoyed your book, but only these last few weeks stumbled upon your podcast and thank god I did! Don’t change anything, seriously!
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Andrew Talks to Chefs

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Our top chefs, as you’ve never heard them before. Author Andrew Friedman, one of the nation's chief chroniclers of professional kitchen life, interviews a diverse cross-section of the best and biggest names in the business, bringing his personal relationships and industry knowledge to bear in coaxing personal and professional revelations from his guests.

Rank #1: Episode 86: Anthony Bourdain (unaired interview from April 2014)

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A never-before-aired, recently rediscovered interview with Anthony Bourdain, whom we lost a year ago this week. On April 29, 2014, Tony was kind and generous enough to sit down over lunch with Andrew for a two-part conversation, covering everything from his early days as a cook to his transition to a writer and television icon, to coping with fame, meeting his idols, how the industry has changed over the years, and speaking his mind. Originally recorded for print use in a busy restaurant, the audio quality isn't world class (though we've doctored it to the best of our abilities), here's a rare chance to hear approximately 90 "new" minutes with one of the most influential and transformative figures the industry has ever known, in a very casual, relaxed dialogue. Hope it helps listeners remember a peak career moment in his life. Special thanks to Julia Sexton--a cook-turned-writer/editor who was inspired by Bourdain (as we all were)--for joining Andrew for the introduction. We encourage you to listen to Andrew and Julia's recollections and observations; actual interview begins about 33 minutes in. Cook free or die!

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Jun 05 2019

1hr 53mins

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Rank #2: Episode 58: Magnus Nilsson

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Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson supplements his groundbreaking, deeply personal cuisine at Fäviken with scholarly books like his newly published Nordic Baking Book, recently out from Phaidon. Magnus sat down with Andrew in New York City to discuss his goal with the book, which like his previous Nordic Cook Book, is not a collection of Fäviken recipes, but rather a thoughtful and thorough gathering and examination of crucial Nordic recipes and the culture of baking in the Nordic region. (Magnus has referred to the project in writing as a documentary.) They also discuss milestones of his professional career and some of the philosophies and practices that have helped Fäviken rise to its place in the international scene. Here's a thought: If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew Talks to Chefs (it's free) on iTunes or Stitcher, follow us on your favorite social media platforms @ChefPodcast, and/or rate or review us on Apple's podcast store. Thanks for listening!

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Nov 28 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #3: Episode 74: Nico Russell

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After honing his style in pop-ups for three years, Chef Nico Russell opened his Oxalis restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, about 12 weeks ago. On the day after he was inducted into Star Chefs' Rising Stars for New York, Class of 2019, we are delighted to run this conversation with a talent Andrew agrees is one to watch in the coming weeks and months. They get into how Nico's family kitchen--blending Mexican and Filipino influences--growing up influenced his palate, why he's attracted to French cuisine, and the enduring lessons of the pop-up life. Here's a thought: If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew Talks to Chefs (it's free) on iTunes or Stitcher, follow us on your favorite social media platforms @ChefPodcast, and/or rate or review us on Apple's podcast store. Thanks for listening!

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Feb 20 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #4: Episode 112: Will Guidara & Kevin Boehm: A Conversation about Hospitality

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A rare non-chef episode of the pod featuring two of the most successful and influential restaurateurs in the United States. While in Philadelphia last weekend for the Philly Chef Conference, Welcome Conference co-founder (and the restaurateur who conjured up the magic of Eleven Madison Park and the Nomad restaurants before moving on from them last year), and Kevin Boehm, cofounder of Chicago's prolific Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl and the Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, Momotaro, and many others) talk all things hospitality.

How do they maintain quality control? Where do they gain new inspiration? What is the value of a pre-shift (nightly pre-service huddle)? Are we in a golden age for restaurants? 

It's a rare treat to hear such devoted and passionate professionals kick these and other topics around--don't miss this one!

If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew Talks to Chefs (it’s free) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher, follow us on your favorite social media platforms @ChefPodcast, and/or rate or review us on Apple’s podcast store.

Please also subscribe to email updates from Andrew Talks to Chefs to receive new episode alerts and Andrew’s blog posts.

Thanks for listening!

LINKS

Andrew Talks to Chefs OFFICIAL website

Toqueland (Andrew's blog)

Buy Andrew's book - Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

Boka Restaurant Group

Welcome Conference

Kevin Boehm's 2018 Welcome Conference Talk (mentioned in episode)

Philly Chef Conference

Mar 06 2020

1hr 10mins

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Rank #5: SPECIAL REPORT #20: Shelter en Place Theater presents a review of Jon Favreau's "Chef" with guest critics Allison & Matt Robicelli

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It's been six years since Jon Favreau's movie Chef debuted. In our relatively new, ongoing, and perhaps ill-fated search for the great live-action chef movie, Andrew joins forces with Allison and Matt Robicelli to revisit this food truck road movie and evaluate its depiction of the pro-cooking trade. How realistic is the protagonist's kitchen life? His relationship with restaurant owner Dustin Hoffman? HIs sous chef and line cook? His son? And, most importantly ... Twitter? In our second of what's shaping up as a weekly Shelter en Place Theater review, we ask these questions and more to end another week of coronavirus-resulting lockdown

**Warning: This episode is rife with spoilers. Please watch Chef before listening!**

Our great thanks to S.Pellegrino for making these special reports possible.

LINKS

Andrew Talks to Chefs official site

Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (Andrew's latest book)

Robicelli Studio

Books by Allison & Matt

Apr 17 2020

34mins

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Rank #6: SPECIAL REPORT #15: Shelter en Place Theater presents a Review of Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper, with guest critics Allison & Matt Robicelli

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Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), we are told, is to cooking what the Rolling Stones are to rock & roll. For two hours, in the comeback saga Burnt (2015), we learn just how awful one can behave if they have a way with a whisk. Or can they? in a new, possibly recurring feature, Shelter en Place Theater, Andrew is joined by guest critics Allison & Matt Robicelli to dissect Burnt, both as a representation of the chef trade, and as a work of dramatic fiction. It ain't pretty, but it's honest.

**Warning: This episode is rife with spoilers. Please watch Burnt before listening!**

Our great thanks to S.Pellegrino for making these special reports possible.

LINKS

Andrew Talks to Chefs official website

Robicelli Studio

Books by Allison & Matt

Apr 10 2020

38mins

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Rank #7: SPECIAL REPORT #36: David Nayfeld on the Changes that Need to be Made

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Last week, David Nayfeld chef-partner at San Francisco's Che Fico, wrote (with Larissa Zimberoff) a Business Insider piece that addressed--in uncommon, unflinching honesty--aspects of the restaurant industry that he believes need to change post pandemic. The article addressed everything from livable wages to the creation of a sanctioned apprenticeship program to the what the cost of a restaurant meal should be to support sound food production and employment practices.

David joins Andrew on today's show to expand on the ideas expressed in his article. It's a refreshingly unvarnished, unfiltered conversation that industry professionals will find cathartic and civilians will find educational.

Our great thanks to S.Pellegrino for making these special reports possible.

Please consider supporting Andrew Talks to Chefs via our Patreon page–pledge $10 or more per month and gain access to bonus, patron-only episodes, blog posts, polls, and more. 

Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.

If you enjoy this episode, you might enjoy these vintage Andrew Talks to Chefs conversations:

Episode 61: David Nayfeld & Angela Pinkerton

Episode 81: Chef's Roll Anti-Convention Super Pack

Photo of David Nayfeld by Nelson Murray.

May 12 2020

36mins

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Rank #8: SPECIAL REPORT #23: Jeff Gordinier on That Esquire Piece & Hugh Acheson on (not) Re-Opening in Georgia Next Week

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You really don't want to miss this special double-header: Esquire's Jeff Gordinier takes us inside, and expands on, his impassioned piece that tied restaurants, music, culture, and politics into a masterpiece of the moment that was circulated the world over over the past weekend. And Georgia-based chef-restaurateur Hugh Acheson responds to his state governor's decision to allow a cross-section of businesses, including restaurants, to re-open in the coming days, and why his restaurants will remain closed to the public, while continuing to participate in Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen program.

Our thanks to S.Pellegrino for making these special reports possible.

LINKS

Andrew Talks to Chefs official site 

Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (Andrew's latest book)

Jeff Gordinier

Hugh Acheson (restaurants, books, etc)

Apr 22 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #9: Episode 114: Iliana Regan (chef & Burn the Place author)

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Tonight we take a break from our special reports to present a semi-"normal" episode featuring an interview (recorded in February) with Iliana Regan of Chicago's Elizabeth restaurant and Michigan's Milkweed Inn. The extraordinarily open Iliana discusses her breathtaking memoir Burn the Place, her childhood, sobriety, and being both a chef and writer. 

We're calling this one a hybrid show, because Andrew's opening comments address the feelings of revisiting this pre-pandemic interview in the midst of the zeitgeist.

Our great thanks to S.Pellegrino for making these special reports possible.

Thank you to The Cookery Restaurant in Dobbs Ferry, New York, for hosting this episode; if in Westchester, NY, please support the restaurant's staff directly, or by ordering take-away from the restaurant at this critical time.

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Andrew Talks to Chefs official website

Burn the Place (buy Iliana's book!)

Elizabeth restaurant

Milkweed Inn 

Apr 04 2020

35mins

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Rank #10: Episode 59: Bo Bech

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In My Blood is the title of chef Bo Bech’s stunning and singular new book, and it’s an apt description of the man himself. Bo sat down with Andrew this week to discuss his book, which tells the story—in words, watercolors, photographs, and recipes—of his Copenhagen restaurant Geist. The interview is as unique as the man and his book, full of culinary and philosophical revelations, vivid descriptions, passion—plus an examination of the life lessons of the Rumble in the Jungle. (To order Bo’s books, visit ChefBoBech.com.) Here's a thought: If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew Talks to Chefs (it's free) on iTunes or Stitcher, follow us on your favorite social media platforms @ChefPodcast, and/or rate or review us on Apple's podcast store. Thanks for listening!

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Dec 01 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #11: Episode 78: Clare de Boer and Jess Shadbolt

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Pull up a chair at the table in the window and join Andrew as he gets to know Clare de Boer and Jess Shadbolt, the British-born team behind the ever-changing menu at downtown Manhattan's wonderfully received Kings restaurant. The kitchen collaborators share their approach to honing the restaurant's culinary style, how they've managed growth and evolution, and the highs and lows of their first years in business. A casual, open hour of shop talk with two of the more successful young cooks (their preferred word) in New York City.

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Apr 03 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #12: Episode 110: Rocco DiSpirito (Chef and Author), Part 1; Scott Varricchio (Citrus Grillhouse; Vero Beach, Florida)

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Rocco DiSpirito's been in the national spotlight for so long that many fans don't know how he got there in the first place, or haven't thought about it in years. Andrew and Rocco have known each other since Rocco's first chef position, and in this very personal conversation--the first of 2 parts--they revisit his childhood in Queens, New York; his teenage gigs in neighborhood pizzerias; his training at the Culinary Institute of America and in great kitchens in France and New York; and his rise to the top of the New York City dining scene in the late 1990s. It's a side of Rocco many listeners don't know or haven't heard in his voice, and a great listen. (In part 2, we'll talk about his shift to fitness and healthful eating and his forthcoming Rocco's Keto Comfort Food Diet.)

In our second segment, Vero Beach, Florida chef-restaurateur Scott Varricchio shares the harrowing story of the night his restaurant (Citrus Grillhouse) was destroyed in a fire, and how he made the best of the year when it was being rebuilt--by spending time in such renowned kitchens as Eleven Madison Park and The French Laundry to take his acumen up a notch ... at age 59! A great lesson in perspective and resilience.

EPISODE GUIDE

0 - 8:48  Intro

8:48 - 45:00  Rocco DiSpirito

45:00 - 48:10 Show Notes & Personal Appearances

48:10 - 1:29:40 Scott Varricchio

***LINKS***

Andrew Talks to Chefs OFFICIAL site

Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco's Keto Comfort Food Diet (order a signed copy)

Citrus Grillhouse

Feb 21 2020

1hr 30mins

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Rank #13: Episode 111: Rocco DiSpirito, part 2; filmmaker Joanna James (A Fine Line documentary)

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On the day her movie A Fine Line: A Woman's Place Is In the Kitchen debuts in New York City, filmmaker Joanna James discusses her documentary's exploration of the struggles and triumphs of women chefs and restauranteurs, and the story of her mother Val's life in the industry. The movie intercuts Val James' story with interviews with top women chefs including Dominique Crenn, Barbara Lynch, and Mashama Bailey.

And, continuing a conversation from last week's show, chef and author Rocco DiSpirito discusses how he became focused on health and fitness, his new cookbook Rocco's Keto Comfort Food Diet, his years away from restaurants, why he came back, and what he's thinking of doing next. 

EPISODE GUIDE

0 - 4:25  Intro

4:25 - 51:35  Joanna James

51:35 - 54:20 Show Notes and Updates

54:20 - 1:55:50 - Rocco DiSpirito, part 2

1:55:50 - end  Outro

LINKS

ANDREW TALKS TO CHEFS official website 

A FINE LINE movie official website

MAPP (A Fine Line's social impact campaign)

Rocco's Keto Comfort Food Diet

Rocco DiSpirito website

Benno restaurant (hosted Rocco DiSpirito interview) 

Mermaid Inn (hosted Joanna James interview)

Feb 28 2020

1hr 57mins

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Rank #14: SPECIAL REPORT #26: Dan Kluger on Quarantine Lessons & Remembering Floyd Cardoz

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Dan Kluger of New York City's Loring Place restaurant reflects on the lessons he's learned during quarantine, and remembers his late friend, the great chef Floyd Cardoz, whom we lost last month to coronavirus-related complications. A conversation about considering how we spend our time, and appreciating the influence and impressions others leave on us, and that in turn we can have on others.

Please consider supporting Andrew Talks to Chefs via our Patreon page--pledge $10 or more per month and gain access to bonus, patron-only episodes, blog posts, polls, and more. 

Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information. 

To support the employees of Loring Place, please contribute to their relief fund.

Apr 27 2020

35mins

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Rank #15: SPECIAL REPORT #9: Jacques Pépin & Rollie Wesen on Culinary Frugality & the Power of Knowing How to Cook

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One of the true legends of the culinary arts, Jacques Pépin, joins us for today's special report, accompanied by the co-founder and executive director of the Jacques Pépin Foundation, Rollie Wesen. The two discuss the prospects for newly trained cooks in a post-pandemic future, and share their advice for cooking with economy and creativity at home during this time of crisis.

Our great thanks to S.Pellegrino for making these special reports possible.

Please visit the Andrew Talks to Chefs official website.

Mar 31 2020

34mins

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Rank #16: Episode 83: Kelly Fields, Kwame Onwuachi

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*** This episode originally aired on our former host network; Andrew Talks to Chefs is now an independent podcast please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.***

Two big winners at last week's James Beard Foundation Awards join Andrew on this week's show: Kwame Onwuachi of Kith and Kin in Washington, DC, and author of the new book Notes from a Young Black Chef, who was named Rising Star Chef; and Kelly Fields of Willa Jean in New Orleans, Louisiana, who was named Outstanding Pastry Chef. Both open up dramatically, both about their own lives and about a societal issues they and the industry grapple with every day.

Please consider supporting Andrew Talks to Chefs via our Patreon page–pledge $10 or more per month and gain access to bonus, patron-only episodes, blog posts, polls, and more. 

May 15 2019

2hr 2mins

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Rank #17: Episode 113: Philly Chef Conference with Antonio Bachour, Chelsea Gregoire, Jason White, Greg Vernick, and Bo Bech

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At a time of industry and international crisis, we hope this episode will be a welcome respite for industry and civilian listeners alike. Andrew recently made his annual pilgrimage to the Philly Chef Conference where he spoke with some of the most exciting and influential food and drink professionals working today: They are (in order of appearance): Pastry genius Antonio Bachour of Coral Gables, Florida; Esquire magazine's beverage director of the year, Chelsea Gregoire of Baltimore; fermentation pioneer Jason White; prolific Philly chef-restaurateur Greg Vernick; and Copenhagen-based New Nordic OG Bo Bech.

If that weren't enough, Esquire magazine's food and drinks editor Jeff Gordinier joins Andrew to introduce the conversations.

Enjoy these interviews individually or pass a few hours taking them in in one sitting. 

Andrew Talks to Chefs is proud to welcome new sponsor L'Ecole Valrhona, who are holding their first-ever West Coast classes this spring and summer. Visit their site for more information.

And thanks to The Good Witch Coffee Bar for hosting our introductions this week.

Hang tough, industry friends. 

LINKS

Andrew Talks to Chefs official site

Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (Andrew's latest book)

Antonio Bachour

Chelsea Gregoire

Jason White

Greg Vernick

Bo Bech

Hungry by Jeff Gordinier

Mar 16 2020

3hr 26mins

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Rank #18: Episode 48: Joe Flamm

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On the heels of the dinner he and Tony Mantuano threw for Andrew last week in Chicago, Spiaggia's executive chef Joe Flamm sat down for a deep-dive biographical interview. He shares it all: From his South Side childhood upbringing, to early jobs in unheralded neighborhood joints, to formative gigs working for Windy City chefs Stephanie Izzard, Art Smith, and Bill Kim, to his arrival and ascension at Spiagiga. He also details, from casting to winning, his triumphant turn on Top Chef Season 15. Here's a thought: If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew Talks to Chefs (it's free) on iTunes or Stitcher, follow us on your favorite social media platforms @ChefPodcast, and/or rate or review us on Apple's podcast store. Thanks for listening!

Oct 10 2018

1hr 30mins

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Rank #19: SPECIAL REPORT #37: Preeti Mistry on the Larger Lessons of Alison Roman's Very Bad Week

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Alison Roman set off a firestorm of controversy and criticism when she went after Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo in an online interview last week. Her comments ignited several days' worth of Twitter obsession, as well as coverage on other podcasts and even Good Morning America. On today's show, Preeti Mistry joins Andrew to talk about the issues the interview raised about privilege, race, appropriation, and more. 

Our great thanks to S.Pellegrino for making these special reports possible.

Please consider supporting Andrew Talks to Chefs via our Patreon page–pledge $10 or more per month and gain access to bonus, patron-only episodes, blog posts, polls, and more. 

Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.

If you enjoy this episode, you might enjoy these vintage Andrew Talks to Chefs conversations:

LIVE! from San Francisco Cooking School (featuring Preeti Mistry & a tribute to the late Judy Rodgers)

(photograph of Preeti Mistry by Alanna Hale)

May 13 2020

36mins

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Rank #20: Episode 93: Dave Beran

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As he readies his new restaurant Pasjoli for a fall debut, Dave Beran--who's already enjoying great success in Santa Monica, California, at Dialogue--takes us back through his life and career, from his formative days in Upstate New York and Michigan, to his early kitchen years at Alinea and Next (he served as chef de cuisine at both) to his decision to migrate to the West Coast. A far-ranging conversation about education, creativity, and finding one's professional home and wheelhouse.

Visit the official Andrew Talks to Chefs website to explore past episodes, join our mailing list, leave a voicemail or comment, and keep up with Andrew's blog.

Here's a thought: If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew Talks to Chefs (it's free) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher, follow us on your favorite social media platforms @ChefPodcast, and/or rate or review us on Apple's Podcast store. Thanks for listening!

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Aug 07 2019

2hr 4mins

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Episode 140: Darin and Greg Bresnitz (authors, Snacky Tunes), Hong Thaimee (Thaimee Love popup), and Kate Heddings (author, Hungry Games)

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It's Thanksgiving week in the United States and this episode is designed for listening as you prep and cook your respective holiday dinners, in restaurants or in homes. Fellow podcasters Greg and Darin Bresnitz discuss their new book Snacky Tunes, based on their show about the intersection of chefs and music; former guest Hong Thaimee discusses her new popup Thaimee Love, which just launched for a planned 6-month run in New York City; and Kate Heddings talks about her new book Hungry Games.

We also revisit a recent interview with David Kinch, subject of the documentary A Chef's Voyage, which begins streaming on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, and Amazon Prime Video today.

For more information, including registration link, on Andrew's December 7 online conversation with Greg and Darin Bresnitz, visit Book Ya Ya.

Please consider supporting Andrew Talks to Chefs via our Patreon page–pledge $10 or more per month and gain access to bonus, patron-only episodes, blog posts, polls, and more. 

Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.

Nov 24 2020

1hr 16mins

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Episode 139: Jeff Gordinier (Esquire Magazine)

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It was no small feat for Esquire magazine to identify a class of 2020 for its Best New Restaurant List in the midst of a global pandemic. But Jeff Gordinier, in collaboration with his colleague Kevin Sintumuang, managed to pull it off in style with a celebration of what's new in American restaurants that launches today. Jeff sat down with Andrew to discuss why Esquire decided to produce a list this year, how he and Kevin pulled it off, and what they were seeking in restaurants and chefs to trumpet in this unusual time.

Please consider supporting Andrew Talks to Chefs via our Patreon page–pledge $10 or more per month and gain access to bonus, patron-only episodes, blog posts, polls, and more. 

Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.

Nov 17 2020

1hr 1min

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Episode 138: Stefano Secchi (Rezdora, NYC)

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In New York City, Rezdora restaurant has quickly become synonymous with great pasta. Today, the chef behind Rezdora, Stefano Secchi, joins us to share his story, which begins with his family's restaurant in Texas, took him to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and eventually to gigs in a number of acclaimed restaurants in Italy including Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana. 

Rezdora is also participating in S.Pellegrino’s (our promotional partner) inaugural Destination Dining series, in which pairs of restaurants on the East and West Coasts exchange dishes for one week each. 

For more about Destination Dining, see the recent article about the program on Fine Dining Lovers.

Please consider supporting Andrew Talks to Chefs via our Patreon page–pledge $10 or more per month and gain access to bonus, patron-only episodes, blog posts, polls, and more. 

Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.

Nov 16 2020

1hr 5mins

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Episode 137: Magnus Nilsson (chef/author, Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End)

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Last year, Magnus Nilsson closed his world-acclaimed restaurant Fäviken, a decision he was able to make on his own terms and timing. This week, Phaidon published Magnus's new book Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End, which documents the restaurant's life via catalogues of dishes; painstakingly detailed recipes; essays; and beautiful photographs. From his home in Sweden, Magnus joins us to talk with Andrew about the value of memorializing a restaurant after its closing, what he's doing now, whether or not he experiences nostalgia or regret, and how he thinks the industry will fare once we surmount the current pandemic. 

Please consider supporting Andrew Talks to Chefs via our Patreon page–pledge $10 or more per month and gain access to bonus, patron-only episodes, blog posts, polls, and more. 

Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.

Nov 12 2020

42mins

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Episode 136: Simon Kim (restaurateur - Cote, NYC)

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The Korean steakhouse Cote, in New York City, has been a stylish highlight of Manhattan's dining scene since opening a few years ago. The restaurant's chef, David Shim, guested on the pod in 2019, and now we're delighted to welcome Cote's charismatic impresario, restaurateur Simon Kim. From an outdoor table at Cote, Simon shares his story, from a childhood in South Korea to immigrating to the United States to working in Las Vegas hotels, to discovering a love of restaurants and learning to run them himself. 

Cote is also participating in S.Pellegrino’s (our promotional partner) inaugural Destination Dining series, in which pairs of restaurants on the East and West Coasts exchange dishes for one week each. 

For more about Destination Dining, see the recent article about the program on Fine Dining Lovers.

Please consider supporting Andrew Talks to Chefs via our Patreon page–pledge $10 or more per month and gain access to bonus, patron-only episodes, blog posts, polls, and more. 

Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.

Nov 09 2020

1hr 33mins

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Vote! An Election Eve Plea (and endorsement)

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In this 7-minute editorial, our first standalone statement of its kind, we encourage all listeners to vote, share a little information on how to do it, and take what we feel is an important stand. (There's no interview included, so if any of this will displease you, we've made it easy to opt out.) 

To learn more about how and where to vote anywhere in the United States, visit iwillvote.com.  

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Nov 03 2020

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Episode 135: Ariel Arce (Air's Champagne Parlor & others, NYC; author, Better with Bubbles)

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Dubbed "the Champagne Empress of Greenwich Village" by The New York Times, Ariel Arce presides over a quartet of downtown Manhattan, Champagne- and wine-themed establishments including Air's Champagne Parlor, Tokyo Record Bar, Niche Niche, and Special Club. She also just authored her own book (due out November 3), Better with Bubbles.

Ariel recently sat down with Andrew to talk about her childhood as a theater kid, getting turned on to hospitality at The Office in Chicago, and her circuitous route to a life devoted to Champagne and restaurants. There are lots of good lessons here about following your own personal passions and life as an entrepreneur.

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Nov 02 2020

1hr 5mins

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Episode 134: Einat Admony (Balaboosta & other restaurants, NYC)

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From a childhood in Israel, to life as a street seller in Germany, to jobs in top New York City kitchens to success as chef-owner of Taim, Balaboosta, and Kish Kash, chef Einat Admony is an open book. On this episode, she opens up to Andrew about how being a middle child set the tone for her life; why she loves cooking; what it was like to serve in the Israeli military; and the twist of fate that led her to her husband and business partner. Oh, and she's also an amateur stand-up comic. All that and more in this action-packed hour.

Einat is also participating in S.Pellegrino’s (our promotional partner) inaugural Destination Dining series, in which pairs of restaurants on the East and West Coasts exchange dishes for one week each. 

For more about Destination Dining, see the recent article about the program on Fine Dining Lovers.

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(photo of Einat Admony by Evan Sung; courtesy S.Pellegrino)

Oct 27 2020

1hr 1min

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Episode 133: Frank Castronovo & Frank Falcinelli (Frankies Spuntino & other restaurants; Brooklyn)

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Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli (aka "The Franks") have been operating a collection of restaurants in Brooklyn, NY, for many years now, starting with their Frankies Spuntino and including past classics such as Prime Meats and current joints like Frank's Wine Bar, Frankies Pantry & Bottle Shop, and F & F Pizzeria, all on the same block in Carroll Gardens. The Franks are also participating in S.Pellegrino's (our promotional partner) inaugural Destination Dining series, in which pairs of restaurants on the East and West Coasts exchange dishes for one week each. 

For more about Destination Dining, see the recent article about the program on Fine Dining Lovers.

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Oct 22 2020

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Episode 132: Barbara Sibley (La Palapa & Holiday Cocktail Lounge, NYC)

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Barbara Sibley came to New York City from Mexico in the early 1980s and fell in love with the restaurant industry thanks to time working at the storied La Tulipe in Greenwich Village. Today, she owns and operates La Palapa, an authentic Mexican restaurant, and is creative director of Holiday Cocktail Lounge, in the East Village. Barbara and Andrew caught up recently in the garden behind Holiday Cocktail Lounge and discussed a wide range of industry, and non-industry, subjects.

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Oct 20 2020

1hr 21mins

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Episode 131: John Birdsall (author, The Man Who Ate Too Much)

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For our money, there's no better writer in the food realm today than John Birdsall. In his new book The Man Who Ate Too Much, a biography of James Beard that commingles the icon's life story with a history of both America's relationship with food and queer life in the United States. John spent five years researching and writing the book, producing a brilliant and moving work. We invited John on the pod to discuss the life of this little understood figure, John's writing process, and topics related to John's work and Beard's life.

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Oct 16 2020

1hr 6mins

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Episode 130: David Kinch on A Chef's Voyage & Matt Sartwell on Saving Kitchen Arts & Letters

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David Kinch and his Manresa restaurant team are at the center of the new documentary "A Chef's Voyage," about the time they spent in France, collaborating on meals with the chefs and kitchens of three venerated restaurants. David discusses the movie and some topics it raises, and reflects on the loss of Pierre Troisgros, who died last week.

And Matt Sartwell, managing partner of the fabled Kitchen Arts & Letters bookshop in New York City, takes us inside their decision to launch a GoFundMe campaign, and how it's ensured the store will continue on despite these challenging times.

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Sep 29 2020

1hr 2mins

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Episode 129: Akhtar Nawab (chef & author of Good for You)

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Akhtar Nawab grew up in one of a handful of Indian families in Louisville, Kentucky, before setting his sights on the pro kitchen and New York City. After thriving in kitchens such as Gramercy Tavern, he made a name for himself as a chef in his own right, eventually opening his Alta Calidad in Brooklyn, among other restaurants. Akhtar recently saw his first cookbook, Good For You: Bold Flavors with Benefits--published so we asked him on the pod to talk about his book, career, and life as a chef-restaurateur in 2020.

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Sep 22 2020

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Episode 128: David Nayfeld Introduces The Main Ingredient

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Friend of the pod David Nayfeld, one of our favorite recurring guests, has launched his own podcast, The Main Ingredient with David Nayfeld, cohosted and produced by Manny Jimenez (aka Manny J) . David checks in from San Francisco to talk about his new show, why he launched, it some of his first guests (including Dominique Crenn and Gwyneth Paltrow). And, of course, he and Andrew can't help a little shop talk along the way.

If you enjoy this episode of the show, check out our earlier conversations with David:

Episode 61: David Nayfeld & Angela Pinkerton

Special Report #36: David Nayfeld on the Changes that Need to be Made

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Sep 18 2020

1hr 6mins

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Episode 127: Black Food Professionals, Part 2, Guest Hosted and Curated by Scott Alves Barton

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We are delighted to share our first-ever guest-hosted and curated episodes of the pod. In a 2-episode special report, educator and former chef Scott Alves Barton moderates 4 conversations among Black professionals in food. Two of the panels comprise Black chefs, one features four writers and editors, and one features two chef-farmers. Our hope is that taken together, this report helps foster a greater understanding of, in Scott's words, "what it means to be Black and professional in food." For our Black listeners, we hope these conversations resonate with you and reflect and amplify your own experiences and perspectives. 

Part 1 aired on our prior episode.

Scott's guests for this, part 2, of this series are (in alphabetical order) Kimberly Brock Brown, Dr. Cynthia Greenlee, Dr. Jessica B. Harris, Todd Richards, Jamila Robinson, and Ellen Sweets.

If you enjoyed this episode, you might enjoy these other Andrew Talks to Chefs conversations:

A Talk about "The Talk"

Chef Russell Jackson

Chef Douglass Williams

Chef Edouardo Jordan

Ashtin Berry

Chef Erick Williams

Chef Roze Traore 

Chef Milton Abel II

Alicia Matthews

Chef Mashama Bailey (part of our Philly Chef Conference Special, 2019)

Chef Alexander Harris

Chef Tanya Holland

Chef JJ Johnson 

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Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.

Sep 17 2020

1hr 24mins

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Episode 126: Black Food Professionals, Part 1 - Guest Hosted & Curated by Scott Alves Barton

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We are delighted to share our first-ever guest-hosted and curated episodes of the pod. In a 2-episode special report, educator and former chef Scott Alves Barton moderates 4 conversations among Black professionals in food. Two of the panels comprise Black chefs, one features four writers and editors, and one features two chef-farmers. Our hope is that taken together, this report helps foster a greater understanding of, in Scott's words, "what it means to be Black and professional in food." For our Black listeners, we hope these conversations resonate with you and reflect and amplify your own experiences and perspectives. 

Scott's guests today are (in alphabetical order) Aneesha Hargrave, Adrian Lipscombe, Joe Randall, Jonny Rhodes, Ashleigh Shanti, and Omar Tate.

If you enjoyed this episode, you might enjoy these other Andrew Talks to Chefs conversations:

A Talk about "The Talk"

Chef Russell Jackson

Chef Douglass Williams

Chef Edouardo Jordan

Ashtin Berry

Chef Erick Williams

Chef Roze Traore 

Chef Milton Abel II

Alicia Matthews

Chef Mashama Bailey (part of our Philly Chef Conference Special, 2019)

Chef Alexander Harris

Chef Tanya Holland

Chef JJ Johnson 

Please consider supporting Andrew Talks to Chefs via our Patreon page–pledge $10 or more per month and gain access to bonus, patron-only episodes, blog posts, polls, and more. 

Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.

Sep 16 2020

1hr 33mins

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Episode 125: James Wayman (Oyster Club; Grass & Bone; and Engine Room; Mystic, CT)

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The coastal town of Mystic, Connecticut, boasts an emerging culinary scene, and chef James Wayman is at its center, helming Oyster Club, as well as the hybrid butcher shop-restaurant Grass & Bone and Engine Room, a bar--all in partnership with proprietor and fellow cook Dan Meiser. Andrew and James recently sat down for our first in-person interview since the lockdown began in March, and it was a total joy.

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Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.

Sep 10 2020

1hr 21mins

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Episode 124: Kelly Fields (author, The Good Book of Southern Baking)

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Friend of the pod Kelly Fields, whose desserts at Willa Jean restaurant in New Orleans have captured the national imagination, just launched her first cookbook, The Good Book of Southern Baking. Kelly joins Andrew to talk about the book's mix of classic and idiosyncratic recipes; Kelly's philosophy that savory cooking and baking aren't as different as many believe them to be; and some favorite dishes in the book (in addition to her legendary chocolate chip cookie).

For more about Kelly, listen to our original, biographical interview with her from 2019.

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Sep 09 2020

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Episode 123: Mark Ladner (Moby's, East Hampton, NY)

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In culinary circles, chef Mark Ladner is widely admired for his versatility in the realm of Italian food: He created the very distinct menus for restaurants ranging from Lupa to Otto to Del Posto to the fast-casual Pasta Flyer. Currently, he's culinary director of Moby's restaurant in East Hampton, NY.

Andrew drove out to Moby's to catch up with Mark on the day he staged a one-night-only Italian barbecue--a special event created in partnership with our own promotional partner S.Pellegrino. As always, this analytic and introspective chef had many thoughtful things to share about cooking in general, and about the moment we all find ourselves in today.

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Sep 08 2020

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Episode 122: A Talk About "The Talk" with Chef Erick Williams & his father Ricardo Isom

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Friend of the show (and of Andrew personally) chef Erick Williams of Chicago's Virtue restaurant recently asked us to host a conversation between him and his father, Ricardo Isom, about an unfortunate American tradition known as "The Talk," in which Black parents tell their children how to behave in interactions with the police. 

Sparked by the murder of George Floyd and the protests it inspired, and shared on the week Jacob Blake was shot in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this conversation explores the experience of two Black men of two different generations.

This is also a fine time to revisit our first conversation with Erick Williams.

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(Photo: Ricardo Isom, left, and Erick Williams, right, photographed several years ago with chef Michael Kornick.)

Aug 29 2020

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By wild bill kamuela - Apr 29 2020
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Good show thanks.... chef in prior life... trained at P. BOCUSE..good ole days. How about doing a critique of the cooking scene in Babette’s Feast... completely depressing movie but wonderful cooking... classic. Merci

Great conversations with TOP chefs!!

By Nathan E. V. - Apr 01 2020
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Andrew, great job on a wonderful podcast. As a professional chef, good F&B themed podcasts are few and far between, but yours is truly a pleasure to listen to. Enjoyed your book, but only these last few weeks stumbled upon your podcast and thank god I did! Don’t change anything, seriously!