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#29 - Alejandro Toro - From Venezuela to Voice Over Artist & The Importance of Trial and Error

Alejandro Toro was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to America to follow his dreams and see what he could make of himself. Less than a decade later, he is a successful voiceover artist living in LA, a food personality (thanks to a popular stint on MasterChef), and an influencer with a purpose: to educate people about what's going on in his home country. In this episode, he and I talk about more than just his path to where he is now, we also talk about the routines in his life that...


#28 - Here & There: Starting a Jerky Company On Both Sides of the Pond - SlantShack & Ember Snacks

What's it like to start an artisanal beef jerky in the United States a decade ago? What's it like to start a similar company in the United Kingdom today? I talk with two driven entrepreneurs who are making waves in the "protein snack" industry on both sides of the pond. David Koretz, CEO of SlantShack - based in NYC, talks about the unusual start of his company a decade ago, when the US artisan food scene was in its nascent stages and SlantShack made a big splash. He talks about how the...


#27 - Pooja Bavishi of Malai Ice Cream - Staying On Brand & the Power of Nostalgia

Pooja Bavishi is the founder of Malai Ice Cream, which has been called “a taste of India in a cone.” (via Thrillist) Before starting Malai, Pooja worked in Fair and Affordable Housing and then got her Masters in Urban Planning. She then pivoted and went to business school, which set in motion her dream of owning a dessert business. In this episode, Pooja and I talk about the importance of determining a strong brand off the bat - and how to do that - as well as acknowledging and...


#26 - Dan Pashman of ‘The Sporkful’ podcast - On Channeling Your Ideas Into Delicious Success

Today’s guest is Dan Pashman, creator and host of the popular podcast “The Sporkful.” He also hosts live events and has a series with the Cooking Channel called "You’re Eating It Wrong" and a book called "Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious." In this episode, we talk about how to channel your ideas, the best way to build trust with your audience, and tackling taboo topics. I loved this conversation with Dan - I hope you enjoy it, too! "The Sporkful represented my...


#25 - Kristen Miglore of Food52, “Genius Desserts” - From Picky Eater to Food Genius

Kristen Miglore is the Creative Director of Food52, a popular food and e-commerce website in the U.S. She's also the author of the just-released cookbook "Genius Desserts," a follow-up to her IACP award-winning, New York Times best-selling cookbook "Genius Recipes." Both books grew out of her beloved column on Food52, Genius Recipes. For the column, she finds the recipes that will become staples in your kitchen: either sharing the dishes that an entire generation knows and loves, or...