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MUNCHIES: The Podcast

We’re going to be talking to famous chefs, celebrities, the food-obsessed, food-averse, and everyone in between, asking them questions about current food culture and the culinary world that no one else is.

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#32 Anthony Bourdain - Holiday Martinis with Uncle Tony

Anthony Bourdain takes time out of his insane travel schedule to meet us in New York's legendary Bemelmans Bar for a piano-side holiday chat.  We down enough gin to get heart-to-heart and talk about everything that matters in 2016 and beyond.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

23 Dec 2016

Rank #1

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#36 Matty Matheson - Matty's One-Hour Special

Our dear friend Matty Matheson is here at VICE Headquarters and hungry for a heart-to-heart convo.  We learn about the fast life before fame, how to win at Instagram, and why he doesn't care if no one ever calls him chef again.  Tune in as we hand him the mic for the longest, and most intimate, MUNCHIES episode ever.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr

20 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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#2 Wylie Dufresne - Good Chefs Ask Why

Legendary chef Wylie Dufresne of WD~50 is one of the American pioneers of molecular gastronomy. We spoke to him about how he approaches creativity, sports, Applebee's, and why lacking curiosity as a human being is a complete waste of time. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24mins

2 Oct 2015

Rank #3

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#42 Ina Garten - An Afternoon at Ina Garten's House, part one

No summer is complete without a road trip to a beautiful beach town. So we asked ourselves what our dream destination would be. The answer? Ina Garten's house.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

16mins

28 Jul 2017

Rank #4

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#43 Ina Garten - An Afternoon at Ina Garten's House, part two

Ina's most despised food? Why she learned to fly an airplane? How to become an awesomely famous television chef and live happily ever after? We find out in part two.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

17 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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#45 Action Bronson - Fuck, That's Delicious Special, part one

On this very special episode, Mr. Wonderful himself joins us in the VICE studios to celebrate the release of his magnum opus, Fuck, That's Delicious. We talk truffles, super smellers, and how he's living his best life possible. And be sure to check back in two weeks, when we'll return with Action to answer all the listener questions you've been waiting for.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

12 Sep 2017

Rank #6

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#10 Frank Pinello - What Makes New York Pizza So Great?

We speak to some of New York’s new wave pizza makers who are reimagining what’s in a slice about what makes New York pizza so great, and try to get to the source of what might be the unexpected answer: water. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

14 Mar 2016

Rank #7

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#11 Rachael Ray - Meet the Rachael Ray You Don’t Know

You might think you know the EVOO queen, Rachael Ray, but today, we’re spending some time with the SXSW veteran—she’s been attending the festival for the past 20 years—to dive into one of her biggest passions: music. Her love for it is so epic that she’s been throwing one of the biggest SXSW music parties with her husband, John Cusimano, for the past nine years. The event, “Feedback,” combines food and music in one space. So how exactly does a famous food personality become one of the biggest music presenters at SXSW? I sat down with Ray in Austin to discuss her thoughts on musicians’ riders, why she’s hanging out with the likes of Naughty By Nature, and what it takes to make a great musical experience.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

16mins

29 Mar 2016

Rank #8

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#21 YACHT - Veggie Burgers and LA’s Secret Histories, Revealed

On today’s episode, we’re eating veggie burgers at BurgerLords, a burger-walk up in LA’s Chinatown with the band YACHT. Besides making music together, Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans are writers, artists, and the developers behind the popular app “5 Every Day,” a curated list of rad things to do in Los Angeles. Over burgers, I wanted to get YACHT’S impressions on why this town is one of the fastest growing cities for creative types, discuss some of the strange histories behind some of the city’s best restaurant spaces, how they go about curating the app, and why LA rewards curiosity.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

16mins

2 Aug 2016

Rank #9

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#16 Deftones - Eating Through Texas BBQ with the Deftones

Today, we’re experiencing a Texan pastime: waiting in a long BBQ line at Micklethwait Craft Meats on Austin’s east side with some very special guests: none other than the band, the Deftones.   The band has been touring and making music together for almost twenty years. In that time they’ve gone from living off a couple bucks a day and eating whatever they could to becoming one of the biggest bands to travel around the world, enjoy amazing meals, and discover great food and good beer. We sat down over smoked meats to hear about their road food horror and glory stories, riders, and their latest album, Gore.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

24 May 2016

Rank #10

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#23 Kris Yenbamroong - Being a Wino Is Now Easier Than Ever

On the fourth episode from our LA series, we’re falling straight into the center of a demented wino k-hole with chef Kris Yenbamroong of award-winning Thai restaurants Night Market and Night Market Song to discuss how a new generation of young winemakers is changing the cultural b.s. that comes with wine drinking. We’ll also get into why Kris wants people to come to his restaurant, order wine, and leave.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15mins

30 Aug 2016

Rank #11

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#3 Rodrigo Medellin - The Batman Who Is Saving Your Tequila

We get to the bottom of what may be endangering your tequila and talk to the unexpected man who is helping to protect it… with bats. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

14 Oct 2015

Rank #12

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#5 Sissel Tolaas - How to Become a Better Eater Through Smell

On the latest episode of MUNCHIES: The Podcast, MUNCHIES' Editor-in-Chief Helen Hollyman goes on an adventure through Central Park with smell artist, Sissel Tolaas, who is trying to capture the smell of the park. Helen Hollyman and Tolaas discuss why humans have become disconnected from our senses, how we can become better eaters through scent, and why she likes to serve the stench of dirty sneakers with grapes at her famous dinner parties.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

10 Nov 2015

Rank #13

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#12 Andrew Zimmern & Tyson Cole - Live at SXSW

Today, we are bringing you a special bonus episode: Two back-to-back live interviews we recorded at Southbytes, SXSW’s food programming which features panels, talks, and events with some of the most influential people in the food world. First, I sat down with Andrew Zimmern, food writer and host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel; the guy who’s consumed more innards, creepy crawlies, and odiferous foods than most of us will in our lifetimes. He’s also experienced some of the most profound meals in the most remote communities around the world. But rather than chatting about what it’s like to eat skewered tarantula, I wanted to get his impressions on what it means when a community experiences the death of a dish and the traditions behind it. Then, I sat down with Austin chef Tyson Cole of Uchi to discuss the past and future of sushi—it’s traditional rules, who’s breaking them, and how American sushi chefs are taking the medium to the next level. A slight warning: this tape will...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

31 Mar 2016

Rank #14

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#17 Michael Twitty - Addressing Racial Inequality in the Southern Kitchen

On the latest episode, I sit down with culinary historian Michael Twitty to discuss his new book, The Cooking Gene, and his open letter to chef Sean Brock, which addresses current racial inequalities in the Charleston food scene.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

8 Jun 2016

Rank #15

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#4 HEEMS - Taxi Relief

Being a cab driver in NYC isn’t easy. You're drinking coffee to stay awake, then you’ve gotta piss and find some time eat, but there’s nowhere to park. But Punjabi Deli has been an oasis where you could park out front and grab some food. In 2010, the city started construction that made that impossible. Today, I’m talking to the the unexpected person who helped solve the problem: Punjabi-American rapper, HEEMS, a.k.a. Himanshu Suri. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

2 Nov 2015

Rank #16

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#15 - How Austin’s Food Trucks Put the City on the Culinary Map

Austin’s restaurant scene has been making waves over the past few years in the national restaurant scene with spots like Franklin BBQ, but on today’s episode we are exploring the longstanding titan of the city’s culinary scene: food trucks. We’ll talk to old school and new school food truck vendors and an unexpected newcomer: Whole Foods, who recently announced that it would open its very first food truck test kitchen.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

10 May 2016

Rank #17

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#18 Michael Fojtasek - The Future of Southern Food

I head over to East Austin—a.k.a. the city's hipster den— to check out an unusual urban farm with chef Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie, one of the best contemporary Southern restaurants in the country. I sat down with Michael to discuss why he decided to open Olamaie, the difference between Southern and Texan cuisine, and find out who the real Olamaie is. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

21 Jun 2016

Rank #18

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#19 Dry Creek Cafe - How to Drink Like a Texan

On today’s episode, we’re taking you into the legendary Austin bar, Dry Creek Cafe, where the likes of Willie Nelson have been kicked out. The spot’s late owner, Crazy Sarah, used to run things around here with an iron fist. It’s the place where you can learn how to be Texan, even if you ain’t one. So crack a Lonestar and tune in to hear some Texan bar stories—like how a sea turtle drinks a beer—with Dry Creek’s bartender, Angel Olson.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

5 Jul 2016

Rank #19

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#46 Action Bronson - Fuck, That's Delicious Special, part two

Action Bronson takes questions from listeners and provides the answers you didn't know you needed. Tune in while Mr. Wonderful waxes poetic on natural wine, bathroom reading, and his personal spirit animal, the zodiac bear.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

28 Sep 2017

Rank #20