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Citizen Chef with Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio has issues with food! Citizen Chef is about what we eat, where and who it comes from, and the politics, decisions, policies and people that shape our food system – with the goal of turning curious listeners into more informed, engaged citizens. Restaurateur, activist and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio delves into policy, labor, hunger, democracy, sustainability, farming, health, social justice, technology and the restaurant business. Of particular concern is a post-coronavirus and covid-19 world. Each episode Tom takes a deep dive into an issue by interviewing experts, journalists, food producers or others to tell an engaging and topical story about an aspect of our food system that the general public may not know, connecting the dots about how our food system really works, really doesn’t, and outlining its impact on our society – all while remaining positive and presenting attainable solutions to some of the biggest food issues out there.

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Tom Colicchio has issues with food! Citizen Chef is about what we eat, where and who it comes from, and the politics, decisions, policies and people that shape our food system – with the goal of turning curious listeners into more informed, engaged citizens. Restaurateur, activist and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio delves into policy, labor, hunger, democracy, sustainability, farming, health, social justice, technology and the restaurant business. Of particular concern is a post-coronavirus and covid-19 world. Each episode Tom takes a deep dive into an issue by interviewing experts, journalists, food producers or others to tell an engaging and topical story about an aspect of our food system that the general public may not know, connecting the dots about how our food system really works, really doesn’t, and outlining its impact on our society – all while remaining positive and presenting attainable solutions to some of the biggest food issues out there.

Tom Colicchio Visits The Why I'm Voting Podcast

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Hey, Citizen Chefs! In case you missed it, here's a replay of Tom's guest appearance on iHeartRadio's Why I'm Voting podcast. Take a listen and don't forget to vote on election day 2020!

If you want to change, preserve, or build a better America, there’s one easy way to make your voice heard: Vote. This year, iHeartRadio is teaming up with over 20 incredible celebrities (plus a handful of our most popular podcasters) to get the country excited to go vote, broadcasting the personal, emotional and heartfelt stories behind why showing up to the ballot box means so much-- not just as individuals, but for our entire nation.

Thank you to our partners AXE, Knorr® & Seventh Generation

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Oct 22 2020

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Victory Gardens and Better Days Ahead

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In early March, slim pickings on grocery store shelves, news of meat plant shutdowns, skyrocketing demand for food bank services, predictions of supply chain breakdown and food shortages drove many Americans to do what we haven't collectively done since WWII: plant home gardens. Tom checks in with journalist Morgan Levey about the boom in seed sales and interest in home gardening.

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Sep 02 2020

25mins

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How We Feed Our Students

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Tom Colicchio talks with "Free for All: Fixing School Food in America" author, Dr. Janet Poppendieck about the history and future of school lunch programs.

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Aug 20 2020

42mins

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Reparations in the Food World

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What do chefs and the food industry owe black Americans? Tom Colicchio talks with chef and historian Michael Twitty about the effects of racist systems on American foodways and how food and culinary history could be addressed through the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.

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Aug 12 2020

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A Primer on SNAP with Joel Berg of Hunger Free America

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Americans aren't hungry because of drought or famine. Some say Americans are hungry because there isn't political will to make sure everyone is fed. How did we get here? In this episode, Tom Colicchio adds a chapter in his food policy primer season. He's joined by Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, who provides a short lesson in U.S. nutrition assistance programs and the future of fighting food insecurity in America.

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Aug 06 2020

29mins

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Who Really Owns Food?

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Tom chats with food and agriculture journalist Leah Douglas about the role of corporate concentration in the food system. Since April 2020, Douglas has mapped outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers at meat packing and meat processing plants across the nation. They discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought longstanding concerns around health and safety in meat processing plants to light.

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Jul 30 2020

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COVID-19 and Food Suppliers

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Small food suppliers like oyster farmers and cheesemakers are really who set restaurants apart. In most cases, a majority of what they produce is sold to restaurants. But with the pandemic, many restaurants have closed -- and when restaurants close these small businesses are left without a market. Tom Colicchio talks to Peter Stein of Peeko Oysters and Mateo Kehler of Jasper Hill Farms about how they've changed their business models.

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Jul 21 2020

53mins

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Immigration Pt. 2: Coalition of Immokalee Workers Spotlight

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In this stripped-down episode, Tom Colicchio talks to Gerardo Reyes Chavez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers about the work leading towards systemic solutions to end modern-day slavery and put a stop to crimes against growers across the food system.

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Jul 14 2020

31mins

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Immigration Pt. 1: Criminalized Work and the Chicken We Eat

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Tom Colicchio talks to Dr. Angela Stuesse (Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South) and investigative reporter Alissa Zhu about the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our country's history, and the conditions workers in poultry processing plants often work in.

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Jul 07 2020

36mins

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Captives at Sea and the Fish We Eat

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Tom Colicchio and Ian Urbina of The New York Times talks about the people behind the fish on your plate and the stories in his book, The Outlaw Ocean.

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Jun 30 2020

35mins

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Disaster Relief Pt. 2: From 'Food Line' to Front Line

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In this no-frills episode, Tom Colicchio hands the mic over to two guests whose experiences collecting MRE's in so-called food lines have lead them to careers on the front lines of disaster relief.

First, we hear a first-person account from Blaine Fisher, a Louisiana native and former paramedic who now teaches Emergency Management at Tulane University. We also hear from Keron Bascombe of Tech4Agri, a Trinidad and Tobago-based social enterprise aimed at providing "AgriRecoveryKits" to people who are food insecure due to natural disasters and the pandemic. But first, we pick up where we left off in Part 1 with Nate Mook of World Central Kitchen to talk about government's role in disaster preparedness,

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Jun 23 2020

24mins

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Disaster Relief Pt. 1: World Central Kitchen Spotlight

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Who's making sure people eat during times of disaster? In part one of our episodes looking into disaster relief, World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook joins Tom to examine how our governments respond with food aid in localized catastrophes like we saw in NYC after 9/11 and in global emergencies like COVID-19. They also discuss how to incite lasting change with the FEED Act.


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Jun 16 2020

36mins

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Food Is Politics: A Primer

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Sure, Chef Tom Colicchio is an Emmy-winning restaurateur but he’s also a food advocate on a mission to improve our food systems. In this first episode, Tom talks about his vision for the show and the way the pandemic has highlighted the delicate and inflexible nature of the American food web.

Tom calls up friend and food policy go-to, Dr. Marion Nestle (Food Politics) to outline a few of the major issues we'll look into this season. 


Resources

  • “Table For None: Tom Colicchio Explains What Restaurants Need To Survive,” Fresh Air
  • “In the Face of COVID-19, State Legislators Push for Federal Support of Local Food Systems,” Civil Eats
  • A Place At The Table, 2013 documentary

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Jun 09 2020

28mins

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Introducing: Citizen Chef with Tom Colicchio

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Tom Colicchio has issues with food! This podcast is about what we eat, where and who it comes from, and the politics, decisions, policies and people that shape our food system – with the goal of turning curious listeners into more informed, engaged citizens. Led by restaurateur and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio, the podcast delves into policy, labor, hunger, democracy, sustainability, farming, health, social justice, technology and the restaurant business. Of particular concern is a post-coronavirus and covid-19 world. Each episode Tom takes a deep dive into an issue by interviewing experts, journalists, food producers or others to tell an engaging and topical story about an aspect of our food system that the general public may not know, connecting the dots about how our food system really works, really doesn’t, and outlining its impact on our society – all while remaining positive and presenting attainable solutions to some of the biggest food issues out there.

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Jun 02 2020

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