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Andrew Talks to Chefs

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

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! Andrew Talks To Chefs is powered by Simplecast.

1hr 53mins

5 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 58: Magnus Nilsson

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! Andrew Talks To Chefs is powered by Simplecast

1hr 14mins

28 Nov 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 74: Nico Russell

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! Andrew Talks To Chefs is powered by Simplecast.

1hr 15mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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

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!LINKSAndrew Talks to Chefs OFFICIAL websiteToqueland (Andrew's blog)Buy Andrew's book - Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & RollBoka Restaurant GroupWelcome ConferenceKevin Boehm's 2018 Welcome Conference Talk (mentioned in episode)Philly Chef Conference

1hr 10mins

6 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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

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

34mins

17 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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

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

38mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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

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 PinkertonEpisode 81: Chef's Roll Anti-Convention Super PackPhoto of David Nayfeld by Nelson Murray.

36mins

12 May 2020

Rank #7

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

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.LINKSAndrew Talks to Chefs official site Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (Andrew's latest book)Jeff GordinierHugh Acheson (restaurants, books, etc)

1hr 6mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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

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.LINKSAndrew Talks to Chefs official websiteBurn the Place (buy Iliana's book!)Elizabeth restaurantMilkweed Inn 

35mins

4 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Episode 59: Bo Bech

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! *Andrew Talks to Chefs * is powered by Simplecast

1hr 20mins

1 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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Episode 78: Clare de Boer and Jess Shadbolt

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. Andrew Talks To Chefs is powered by Simplecast.

1hr 9mins

3 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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

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

1hr 30mins

21 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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

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 GUIDE0 - 4:25  Intro4:25 - 51:35  Joanna James51:35 - 54:20 Show Notes and Updates54:20 - 1:55:50 - Rocco DiSpirito, part 21:55:50 - end  OutroLINKSANDREW TALKS TO CHEFS official website A FINE LINE movie official websiteMAPP (A Fine Line's social impact campaign)Rocco's Keto Comfort Food DietRocco DiSpirito websiteBenno restaurant (hosted Rocco DiSpirito interview) Mermaid Inn (hosted Joanna James interview)

1hr 57mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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

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.

35mins

27 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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

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.

34mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Episode 83: Kelly Fields, Kwame Onwuachi

*** 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. 

2hr 2mins

15 May 2019

Rank #16

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

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. LINKSAndrew Talks to Chefs official siteChefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (Andrew's latest book)Antonio BachourChelsea GregoireJason WhiteGreg VernickBo BechHungry by Jeff Gordinier

3hr 26mins

16 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Episode 48: Joe Flamm

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!

1hr 30mins

10 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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

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)

36mins

13 May 2020

Rank #19

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Episode 93: Dave Beran

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!Andrew Talks To Chefs is powered by Simplecast.

2hr 4mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #20