Rank #1: David Choe Tells His Story | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 18)
Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by artist David Choe along with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to explore Choe’s extraordinary life.
Rank #2: Food Trends of 2018 With Bill Simmons | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 33)
This year has been a memorable one for food; Dave reviews 2018’s biggest food developments with the help of the Podfather, Bill Simmons. And, of course, they talk about some sports too.
Rank #3: Hasan Minhaj on Comedy As a Conduit | The Dave Chang Show
Dave sits down with ‘Patriot Act’ host Hasan Minhaj to discuss how he learned to embrace his cultural heritage, the similarities between food and comedy, and using entertainment to make a difference. ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ Volume 2 is available now on Netflix.
Rank #4: Pre-opening Diaries, Vol. 3 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 3)
Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss developing unique menu items through test dinners (4:32), utilizing local California ingredients in the dishes (28:50), and accounting for customers’ requests (43:31).
Rank #5: René Redzepi: The Relentless Innovator | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 37)
Noma has been considered one of the greatest restaurants in the world for over a decade. Dave’s longtime friend, Noma head chef and co-owner René Redzepi, takes us through how the Danish restaurant flourished with its extraordinary dedication to reinventing Nordic cuisine. We’re trying something new: Send any questions you may have to email@example.com.
Rank #6: Cooking As an Art, With Jerry Saltz | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 43)
The culinary arts may seem to be only nominally related to the arts, but there are more similarities between the food world and the art world—in both abstract and concrete ways—than you might think. Dave speaks with Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Jerry Saltz about these parallels.
Rank #7: Rian Johnson and Karina Longworth on Dealing With Criticism | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 4)
Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson and ‘You Must Remember This’ host Karina Longworth to discuss innovating within the confines of expectation and facing subsequent criticism.
Rank #8: Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, Part 1 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 21)
Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi to discuss the unique challenge of opening a new restaurant (6:37), fostering creative innovation in the kitchen (20:56), and developing a work ethic in high-pressure environments (31:56). Milk Bar's new Los Angeles flagship store opens this Saturday, September 22, and will be located at 7150 Melrose Ave.
Rank #9: What Makes the Best Food the Best? With Lolis Elie | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 41)
People have subjective definitions when it comes to quality, and food is no exception. To compare one genre of food to another often requires nuance and context, making the whole endeavor that much more difficult. Dave speaks to writer and food critic Lolis Elie about how to evaluate food with care and respect.
Rank #10: Pre-opening Diaries, Vol. 4 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 5)
Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss launching the Majordomo restaurant in Los Angeles (3:12), the reasons for its immediate success (20:55), and hit menu items (35:49).
Rank #11: Nick Kroll, Part 1: The Origin Story | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 15)
Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang and comedian Nick Kroll discuss how they first met almost 20 years ago (5:08), Nick’s early days in comedy while he was still in college (11:21), why he’s glad his success came later in life (23:53), and finding the parallels between trying to become a comedian and trying to become a chef (29:34).
Rank #12: Dave Chang on Mental Health and Holding on to Hope | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 8)
A brief note on this episode from chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang: "This week on the podcast, I want to open up a little about my own experiences with mental health in the hopes that we can chip away at some of the stigmas around it. I apologize if you’re a regular podcast listener and you find this to be too dark or too self-indulgent, but if it helps any of you feel a little better about seeking help for your own struggles, then it’s worth it."
Rank #13: Breaking the Ceiling on Breakfast, With Jessica Koslow | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 42)
Simple, easy, approachable—these are words that may be used to describe dishes at Sqirl. But the Los Angeles–based cafe did not become one of the most popular restaurants in the city by making dishes in a simple, easy, or approachable fashion. Dave speaks to Sqirl’s chef and owner, Jessica Koslow, about pioneering in breakfast cuisine, the bias against "common" foods, and influencing the rest of the food world.
Rank #14: Good Girl Dinette Chef Diep Tran on Her Life and What Makes Vietnamese Food So Special | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 14)
Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by Good Girl Dinette owner and chef Diep Tran to discuss what it was like fleeing Vietnam as a child (3:00), how she was inspired by her grandmother's hustle (20:20), the great pho debate (35:20), what it was like to come out to her family (45:45), and the rise of her own business (52:45).
Rank #15: Pre-opening Diaries, Vol. 5 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 9)
In this final installment of the pre-opening diaries, chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss the restaurant review process (8:15), dealing with poor reviews (28:05), and what to look forward to on the podcast (54:06).