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Communal Table

Hello beautiful people! Welcome to Food & Wine Pro's weekly Communal Table podcast. Chefs and restaurant workers take great care of everyone else, but often they need a little help themselves. Each week, Food & Wine’s senior editor Kat Kinsman talks with hospitality pros about how they manage their business, brain, and body for the long haul. Some of our very special guests include Samin Nosrat, Angie Mar, Seamus Mullen, David Chang, Pete Wells, and more. Subscribe now.

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Angie Mar Talks about Money, Mentorship, and Hustle

You may think you know Angie Mar from her ultra-luxe Instagram feed, or maybe you've had the pleasure of indulging in a meal at her inventive, over-the-top restaurant, The Beatrice Inn. But the 2017 Food & Wine Best New Chef wants you to know about the blood, sweat, tears, and terrifyingly lean times that led up to her buying this classic property and pushing its legacy forward. And that has an awful lot to do with the way she hires, and how she mentors her team. Mar sat down with Food & Wine Senior Editor Kat Kinsman for a from-the-heart chat, and you're welcome to pull up a chair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 10mins

21 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Pete Wells Talks About Criticism, Sassy Magazine, and Not Taking Things Personally

New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells holds one of the most storied positions in journalism, and it comes with a massive helping of responsibility, physical demands, and expectations from readers and restaurateurs alike. Wells (who does his best to maintain anonymity) sat down to talk about the history of the job, its tolls and rewards, and what he hopes that chefs understand about his reviews—even when they're negative. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 26mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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Sean Brock Talks About His Grandma's Cellar, Leather Britches, and His New Book

It's a special edition of Communal Table recorded live onstage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY for the debut of Sean Brock's new book South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations. Brock went deep on his grandmother's sour corn and leather britches, learning to value the food he grew up with, and trying to get his infant son to be less picky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


31 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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Jamie Oliver Talks About How Doing Right Doesn't Always Pay the Bills, Vegetables, and Resilience

Does Jamie Oliver ever sleep? He's a best-selling cookbook author, wildly famous TV presenter, passionate foodways activist, father of five children, and prolific product spokesperson, but in recent years has faced the collapse of his longstanding restaurant chain in the UK, as well as plenty of public scrutiny. On a jam-packed trip to New York to promote his newest book, Ultimate Veg, Oliver sat down for a heartfelt talk about the emotional impact of the closure, what went wrong—and right—and what he hopes his next act holds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


23 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Laurie Woolever Talks About Life After Anthony Bourdain, Embracing Sobriety, and the Value of Naps

For nine years, Laurie Woolever kept Anthony Bourdain on schedule, co-authored their book, and generally structured her life around his needs. On June 8, 2018, everything changed. In a raw, candid conversation, Woolever talks about life in the aftermath of his suicide, his cultural impact, her own journey to sobriety, and what a good self-care day looks like.http://www.lauriewoolever.comTwitter: @LaurieWoolever, @bourdain gatekeeper emeritusPodcast: @carbfacepodAppetites Cookbook: https://amzn.to/2JX8580 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 24mins

6 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Isaac Toups Talks About Bullying. Mentoring, Emeril, and His End Game

Top Chef watchers voted Isaac Toups their "fan favorite" when his season finished in 2016, but the Louisiana-born chef hadn't always been met with such kindness. The outspoken Cajun opened up about his journey from bullied teen to beloved restaurateur, cookbook author, and TV personality, and how it's shaped the way he leads in the kitchen, and cares for himself and his family's future.Buy Chasing the Gator: https://amzn.to/2ZSM2U1Watch Isaac make blood sausage: https://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/no-pressure-blood-boudin-isaac-toups Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 18mins

26 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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Sean Brock Talks About Addiction, Recovery, and Working to Fix His Brain

When Kat Kinsman first interviewed Sean Brock in 2011, she couldn't imagine sitting onstage for a with him eight years later, because she honestly didn't believe he'd live that long. Since that first conversation, Brock has gone through illness, intervention, and the day-to-day work of recovery, and he's been speaking about the pain, reckoning, accountability, and self care that goes along with it in the hope that people can find a way forward for themselves and the people in their lives. Kinsman and Brock sat down for an extremely personal public conversation at Blackberry Farm for the Sam Beall Fellows Program annual Passing the Torch fundraiser. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 14mins

31 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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Kim Severson Talks About Rabbits, Bad Men, and Stories That Stick in Your Soul

You don't do Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism without asking tough, uncomfortable questions. New York Times food correspondent Kim Severson has made a much-lauded career out of finding the truth, beauty, and sometimes ugly humanity in the food system—and this time the tables are turned. Severson sat down for a deeply personal conversation about interviewing vulnerable people, deciding which stories to tell, and taking care of herself in the process. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 10mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Bryan and Michael Voltaggio Talk About Working With Family, Top Chef, and Being Young, Broke Cooks

The public may best know Bryan and Michael Voltaggio from their fiery Top Chef face-offs, but by the time the brothers appeared onscreen, they'd collectively logged a couple of decades working in kitchens. They learned plenty from their lean years—how to survive in New York City on $300 a week, find their voice while cooking for other people, and be part of a team—and now they're the ones calling the shots. As their latest co-venture, Estuary in Washington D.C., opens its doors, the brothers reflect on their mentors, their working relationship, and the measures they take to stay balanced and healthy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 7mins

9 May 2019

Rank #9

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Nancy Silverton Talks About Restaurant History and the Indomitable Will of Sourdough

When Nancy Silverton brought a jar of sourdough starter from New York's Sign of the Dove back home to Los Angeles in the 1980s, she had no idea that she would use it to grow an empire. On the 30th anniversary of La Brea Bakery, the chef, author, and entrepreneur reflects on the evolution of American restaurants, how she learned to trust her instincts, and why 23andMe should track her bread's family tree. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 11mins

17 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Kwame Onwuachi Talks About Public Pressure, Representation, and Finding Peace

Kwame Onwuachi is learning when to stop and take a deep breath. In the last few weeks alone, he's been named a Food & Wine Best New Chef and a James Beard Rising Star finalist, and published a stunning memoir called Notes from a Young Black Chef. In the midst of all the accolades, he's still at the helm of Kith/Kin, the much-celebrated restaurant that he opened in the wake of the very public and swift closure of his first solo outing. This might seem like a lot all at once, but Onwuachi has been training and hustling since he was a tiny child in his chef-mother's kitchen, and he's ready to step into the spotlight—he might just need a nap first. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 4mins

18 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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The Avett Brothers' Joe Kwon Talks About Food on Tour and the Pleasure of Silence

If it's a day that ends in "y" Joe Kwon is probably out on tour. He's the cellist for the band the Avett Brothers, whose 10th album "Closer Than Together" recently came out, and that means hitting the road for days and often weeks on end. For a man who finds home and connection through food, this could be a hardship, but he's turned it into a pleasure. Kwon raced down from rehearsal for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about the massive family dinners of his childhood in North Carolina, his drive for musical excellence, and the Korean dishes he craves from his mom's kitchen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 5mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Paul Finn Talks About His Brilliant System to Help Hospitality Pros Deal with Stress

When Paul Finn was a touring musician, restaurant and bar gigs were a perfect fit for his ever-changing schedule, and his gregarious personality. He found it useful to approach the job as another form of performance, but worried about the toll that took. Finn heard over and over that servers and bartenders should just check everything at the door, but thought, "If you're not bringing your personal life to work, you're not bringing yourself to work." Drawing from his deep hospitality background, he developed the Mental Health Mise en Place system to set up each day for success, and is now ready to share it with folks in the industry and beyond.Check out his website here: Personalmise.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 23mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Emma Bengtsson Talks About Open Kitchens and (Reluctantly) Learning to Sit Still

Emma Bengtsson has always been stubborn and driven, and in many ways, it's served her well. Growing up as an elite athlete, she developed the intense discipline it took to rise to the top, and when she started working in kitchens, the same rules applied. She worked through the often intense pain of a spinal injury for many years, rarely asking for help and steadily getting worse. When her Michelin-starred restaurant Aquavit closed for renovation this past summer, she finally had surgery. She was more than ready for the physical part, but having to take time off and rest—that was a whole different story. Bengtsson opened up about learning to lean on other people, what it taught her as a leader, and the effect an open kitchen design has on a team dynamic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 7mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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Marcus Samuelsson Talks About '90s Fine Dining, Rulebreakers, and the Blessings of Blackness

Marcus Samuelsson is many things to many people: boss, mentor, inspiration, champion, friend, adoptee, immigrant, author, and chef. But perhaps most key is his role as a good neighbor in and ambassador for his beloved community of Harlem. Samuelsson spoke lovingly of the people (especially Leah Chase, who died just days after this was recorded, and Patrick Clark who Korsha Wilson loving profiled in the July issue of Food & Wine) and places around the globe who have helped him discover where home truly is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 24mins

19 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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JJ Johnson Talks About Entrepreneurship, Hustle, and Becoming a Brand

With a James Beard cookbook award for Between Harlem and Heaven, the permanently packed Henry at Life Hotel, and his new restaurant Field Trip opening in Harlem this week, it might seem like JJ Johnson is suddenly at the top of the world. But it's been quite a climb to get there. Johnson opened up about his years spent watching and learning in the kitchen, how he learned to be the man in charge, his plans for radical expansion, and the power of letting go and delegating.Follow JJ @chefjjRead his book: Between Harlem and Heaven Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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Billy Durney Talks About PTSD, Going Into the BBQ Biz, and Feeding a Community in Crisis

For many years, Billy Durney's career as a bodyguard for some extremely famous clients took him all over the world, but being at home with his family was increasingly what fueled his fire—especially in the wake of 9/11, when he suffered significant loss and developed PTSD. In 2012, Durney was close to opening Hometown BBQ when disaster struck again in the form of Superstorm Sandy. It devastated large swaths of his Brooklyn neighborhood—including his restaurant—but Durney and team took to the sidewalks to feed the community. Now, the celebrated pitmaster is learning to take care of his own wellbeing, one meditation session at a time.Learn more about Billy and Hometown BBQ: https://hometownbbq.com/menu/Follow Billy on IG & FB: @hometownbarbque Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 20mins

11 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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Big Gay Ice Cream's Doug Quint Talks About Subway Rats, Mental Health, and Business

Big Gay Ice Cream may have started out as a joke, but over the past decade, it's become serious business. Along with business partner Brian Petroff, Doug Quint has turned a single "Oh, we'll just try this for the summer" ice cream truck with a cheeky name into a national brand with brick-and-mortar shops, a wonderfully anarchic cookbook, and pints bearing their signature unicorn and sparkles ethos in grocery store freezers across the country. Quint opened up about his journey from music school to entrepreneurship, dealing with combative customers, and what he does to soothe his weird, wonderful brain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 33mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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Anxiety, Coronavirus, and Making Sure Your Local Restaurants Stay in Business

During times of crisis, restaurants are there for us. They're where we celebrate, gather, catch-up, connect, and nourish ourselves body, mind, and spirit. At this unprecedented and uncertain moment when people are told to socially isolate because of coronavirus, many of them are in danger of shutting down for good. Food & Wine senior editor Kat Kinsman spoke by phone from her home in Brooklyn with Houston chefs Chris Shepherd and Ryan Lachaine, NYC chef Amanda Cohen, and No Kid Hungry's National Director, Chef and Culinary Professional Relations Jenny Dirksen about how they're supporting their teams and communities during this time, and what the dining public can do to make sure the restaurants they love will still be around.Note: Because the podcast had to be recorded in a less than ideal setup, over the phone, the sound quality may not be as crisp as usual. Lachaine's audio was lost despite two recordings, but we did our best to paraphrase. We're all doing the best we can. Ryan Lachaine: https://www.rielhtx.com/Chris Shepherd: https://www.underbellyhospitality.com/ / https://southernsmoke.org/Jenny Dirksen: https://www.nokidhungry.org/Amanda Cohen: https://www.dirtcandynyc.com/Crisis Text Line: Text #741741 any time for quick and free crisis counseling.The F&W Pro Guide to Coronavirus: What Restaurants Should Know: https://www.foodandwine.com/news/coronavirus-restaurant-guide-fwpro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


13 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Jason Vincent Talks About Anxiety, the Pressures of the Spotlight, and Making Time for Family

In 2013, Jason Vincent's life changed in the course of a phone call. Food & Wine called to tell him that he'd been selected as a Best New Chef, and suddenly he was thrust into the spotlight. For a while, it burned him up. Vincent made the decision to step away from restaurants for two years to take care of his mental and physical health, and that of his growing family. Now he's back in the game as the chef-owner at the much-beloved Giant in Chicago, and making a priority of creating a healthy work environment for his staff—so much so that Food & Wine came calling once again when Giant was included in the inaugural class of Great Restaurants to Work For. Vincent opened up about the ongoing challenges of staying well in a dangerously demanding industry.Web: http://www.giantrestaurant.com/IG: @giantchicago @chefsspecialchicagoTwitter: @eatgiantrestaurant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 17mins

23 May 2019

Rank #20