Episodes

A Look at Culinary School Today with Johnson & Wales University Chef Instructor Russ Zito

Nov. 29, 2022

On this week's episode, we have chef Russ Zito. Russ has been a culinary instructor at Johnson & Wales University for 26 years. You might have heard our "What is a Chef" mini-episode. Chef Zito was one of my instructors and …

Community, Collaboration, and Education- Three Years of Chefs Without Restaurants

Nov. 23, 2022

Thank you for three years and 100,000 downloads. This week marks the three-year anniversary of the podcast, and last week we hit 100,000 total downloads, so I thought I'd do something a little different. This is a re-post of…

Chef Carla Hall Talks Top Chef, the Shift from Caterer to Food Media, and How to Make Amazing Biscuits

Nov. 16, 2022

On this week's show, we have chef Carla Hall. She was a contestant on Bravo's Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars. Carla spent 7 years co-hosting ABC’s Emmy award-winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew”. She's been on mult…

Learn to Garden and Cook Italian Food with Ciao Italia Host Mary Ann Esposito

Nov. 9, 2022

On this episode, we have chef, author, and TV personality Mary Ann Esposito. She's the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito. The author of fourteen cookbooks, most recent…

Bringing Global Flavors to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Beyond with Chef Shannon Smith

Nov. 2, 2022

This week's guest is Shannon Smith. She’s a cook, teacher, and traveler based in Tulsa, OK. She's traveled to more than 50 countries, meeting and cooking with people, from home cooks to restaurant chefs, while documenting it…

Mentorship and Leadership in the Food Industry - What is a Chef with Russ Zito of Johnson & Wales University

Oct. 26, 2022

On this week's "What is a Chef?" episode we have chef Russ Zito. Russ has been a culinary instructor at Johnson & Wales University for 26 years. I asked him what his definition of a chef was, and his response revolved around…

Foraging, Transplanting Ramps, and Snail Farming with Clark Barlowe

Oct. 19, 2022

Clark Barlowe is a seventh-generation North Carolinian. Growing up learning how to hunt ginseng with his grandfather, Clark learned to look at the plants around him for the potential nutrients and delicious ingredients that …

What is a Chef with Carla Hall

Oct. 12, 2022

This week we have a "What is a Chef?" episode with Carla Hall. Carla is a chef, cookbook author, two-time Top Chef contestant, and former co-host of The Chew. Our full conversation will be released in a few weeks. Subscribe …

How to Make and Use Masa with Masienda Founder Jorge Gaviria

Oct. 5, 2022

This week’s guest is Jorge Gaviria, founder of Masienda, and author of the new book Masa . On the show, you’re going to get the Masienda origin story, and find out why it all started with the corn. Jorge explains nixtimaliza…

Chefs as Leaders in the Community - What is a Chef with Clark Barlowe

Sept. 28, 2022

This week's "What is a Chef" episode is with Clark Barlowe. He’s a chef, former restaurant owner, cooking instructor, forager, and now... law student. Stay tuned for my full episode with him which will be released soon. CLAR…

A Restaurant Closure, Recipe Development and How to Work with Brands with Chef Taffy Elrod

Sept. 21, 2022

This week's guest is Taffy Elrod. She’s a chef, restaurant owner, cooking instructor, recipe developer, and food writer with 20 years of experience in the food industry. We discuss the closure of her restaurant in upstate Ne…

Luladey Moges on Ethiopian Cooking and Her New Cookbook Enebla: Recipes From an Ethiopian Kitchen

Sept. 14, 2022

This week, I speak with Luladey Moges. She's the author of the new cookbook Enebla: Recipes From an Ethiopian Kitchen. Growing up, first in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and then in the United States, she learned the …

Cobra Kai Actor Dan Ahdoot on Persian Cooking, Dining Out and Green Eggs & Dan

Sept. 7, 2022

This week, in preparation for Season 5 of Cobra Kai, we're re-releasing our episode with Dan Ahdoot . who plays Anoush on the show. He’s a standup comic, actor, writer, producer, and podcast host. He's also the host of Food …

How to Make Better Sourdough Bread with Andy Roy of Twin Bears Bakery

Aug. 31, 2022

This week we have a short episode about how to make better sourdough bread. This was part of a much longer conversation with Andy Roy of Twin Bears Bakery in Frederick, Maryland. At Twin Bears, they make 100% naturally-leave…

Ukrainian Chef Anna Voloshyna and Her New Cookbook Budmo!

Aug. 24, 2022

This week's guest is chef Anna Voloshyna. She's a Ukrainian-born, California-based chef, blogger, and culinary instructor. Her upcoming cookbook Budmo! (out September 27th) celebrates classic Eastern European recipes with a …

How to Grow Your Personal Chef Business with Airbnb

Aug. 17, 2022

This week I talk about how you can grow your personal chef business using vacation rental properties like Airbnb and VRBO . This has been where the majority of my business has been coming from for the past five years. I’ve t…

What is a Chef with Taffy Elrod

Aug. 10, 2022

This week's "What is a Chef" episode is with Taffy Elrod. She’s a chef, restaurant owner, cooking instructor, recipe developer, and food writer with 20 years of experience in the food industry. Stay tuned for my full episode…

Creating a Kitchen Pantry Representing Time and Place- with Daniel Liberson of Lindera Farms

Aug. 3, 2022

This week's guest is Daniel Liberson of Lindera Farms, a nature reserve in Delaplaine, Virginia. There, Daniel forages for items local to the area, and creates fermented pantry items for both restaurants and home cooks. His…

The Recipe Tool That Helps Save Time, Cut Costs and Improve Execution - with Meez Founder Josh Sharkey

July 27, 2022

This week's guest is Josh Sharkey. He's the founder of Meez, an online recipe tool that helps you save time, cut costs and improve execution. Josh talks about how he started Meez, and gives a rundown of its functions and how…

One Moment Can Change Your Life - with Philadelphia Chef Eli Kulp

July 20, 2022

This week's guest is Eli Kulp. He's the co-founder and culinary director of High Street Hospitality Group, as well as the host of both The Chef Radio Podcast and Delicious City Philly Podcast He has been a finalist for JBF B…

Keep Being Curious - Master Pastry Chef Christopher Curtin of Éclat Chocolate

July 12, 2022

This week's guest is Christopher Curtin, the certified master pastry chef, and chocolatier behind Éclat Chocolate, which he founded in West Chester, PA in 2004. After attending culinary school, he spent 14 years honing his s…

Chefs as Teachers - What is a Chef with Eli Kulp

July 5, 2022

This week's "What is a Chef" episode is with Eli Kulp. He's the co-founder and culinary director of High Street Hospitality Group, as well as the host of both The Chef Radio Podcast and Delicious City Podcast He has been a f…

Do One Thing Really Well - Talking Breakfast Tacos with Liz Solomon Dwyer of King David Tacos

June 28, 2022

This week I’m talking breakfast tacos with Liz Solomon Dwyer, founder of King David Tacos. An Austin native, Liz brought her love of the breakfast taco to NYC. What started as a drop-off catering business, then grew from two…

Mentorship, Growing Your Employees, and Letting Them Leave

June 21, 2022

This week is a solo episode. The topic was prompted by Ray Delucci of Line Cook Thoughts who posed the question "How do you motivate your staff in the food industry?" My reply was "Find out what their goals are, and where th…