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Episode 37: All She Wrote

In The Front Burner's last episode (details and future plans at episode's end), we talk with Boston chef Barbara Lynch about her no-holds-barred memoir OUT OF LINE: A LIFE OF PLAYING WITH FIRE, which is about as revealing a book--by a chef or anybody--as you'll ever read. Then we welcome Chef Brock Johnson of Seattle's legendary Dahlia Lounge for a catch-up on the Pacific Northwest in general and Chef Tom Douglas' empire in particular.



Three of the biggest names in chef-land join us to discuss the new documentary JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT, which opens in New York and Los Angeles this Friday, April 21. Executive producer Anthony Bourdain, director Lydia Tenaglia, and legendary chef Jeremiah Tower. Over a far-reaching hour we discuss the film, Jeremiah’s landmark achievements at Chez Panisse and Stars, the politics of the food business, and how the movie came together. What else need we say? Enjoy this one … we...


Episode 35: The Human Touch

Front Burner regular Amanda Cohen, chef-owner of New York City's Dirt Candy, joins us to discuss a variety of subjects: the relationship between chefs and critics (from the New York Times to the civilian critics of Yelp and other open formats), the case for no-tipping, and the pleasures of her restaurant's Monday night Canadian Beer Hall, which is wrapping up its first season next week.


Episode 34: Peace, Love, and Understanding

Customers expect more from restaurants than ever before, but is what they want reasonable, or even realistic? In a business that draws people pleasers, why can't chef-owners always give the people what they want? This week Jimmy and Andrew bat around both sides of hot-button topics including reservations, food allergies, pricing, tipping, and others that have created an unfortunate gap between restaurants and the people they serve.


Episode 33: Au Revoir, Annisa

After 17 years in business, Chef Anita Lo will be shuttering her beloved Greenwich Villiage, NY, restaurant this spring. Anita and her Chef de Cuisine Mary Attea join us to discuss the decision to close, the vicissitudes of the modern restaurant business, and what's next for both of them.


Episode 32: Paths of Glory

There are more ways than ever to be a chef today, something that's become a bit of a sub-theme this season on The Front Burner. This week, we talk to Brian Bistrong about the myriad opportunities available to chefs in 2017, something he knows intimately, having been chef de cuisine to David Bouley, owner of his own restaurant (Braeburn), chef of Wolfgang Puck's Test Kitchen, and now Corporate Executive Chef for Dean & DeLuca. Brian discusses all of these roles and as a bonus, was once...


Episode 31: The Waxman Cometh

Chef legend Jonathan Waxman joins Jimmy and Andrew to talk about his career, past and present, from what it's like running restaurants in far-flung cities to the evolution of his iconic chicken dish to his early days in California and New York City.


Episode 30: Scrubs

For the first time this season, we assemble a few trusty members of our Chef's Council for an All Shop Talk episode about one of the least considered members of the kitchen team: The Dishwasher. Many of the best chefs in the USA accidentally began their careers doing this important job, including our guests: The Finch's Gabe McMackin and Sous Chef author Michael Gibney. Gabe and MIke talk about dishwashing as a gateway to the kitchen lifestyle, the role of a dishwasher in the pro kitchen,...


Episode 29: Tasting Menu

We kick around a grab bag of news items with Chef Rob Newton of Brooklyn's Nightingale 9, Wilma Jean, Smith Canteen, and Black Walnut. On the menu: This week's big profiles of chefs Dominique Crenn (in The New York Times) and Daniel Humm (in Esquire); a discussion of awards on the heels of the James Beard Foundation semifinalist announcements; and how the Day Without Immigrants protest effects, and reflects, the industry. And Rob tells us a little about cooking Southern in the Big Apple.


Episode 28: Everything French is New Again

Chef Daniel Eddy of New York City's Rebelle restaurant is at the forefront of a movement of young American chefs going back to the future by cooking their own personal take on French Cuisine. As Rebelle approaches its second birthday, we talk to Daniel about his unique style, what this movement feels like from the inside, and the market conditions that led him to recently introduce an all-day dining menu. Broadcast in the thick of Winter Storm Niko we also take a few minutes to discuss the...


Episode 27: Honoring Harlem

On the second day of February, the always entertaining Chef Marcus Samuelsson discusses his recently published Red Rooster Cookbook, and a special Black History Month menu he’s cooked up at Red Rooster Harlem to honor the culinary contributions of Women of Color.


Episode 26: American Dreams

On the same day the new American president announced his plans to force undocumented immigrants out of the country, the USA won the Bocuse d'Or for the first time in the event's 30-year history. How do you square the deadly serious with the seemingly frivolous, and what do these developments mean to cooks and chefs? Jimmy and Andrew attempt to make sense of it all, and also take a look inside the 25-year-old tradition known as Restaurant Week.


Episode 25: Pasta and Politics

The Front Burner returns after our fall hiatus with Mark Ladner, who's moving on from his perch as chef of the four-star Del Posto to launch Pasta Flyer, a fast-casual concept he's been developing for years. Mark shares the rigors of the fine-dining life, the Kickstarter experience he undertook to fund his new venture, and whether or not he's got butterflies in his stomach as he prepares to take the leap. In our second segment, with one week til inauguration, we discuss the pros and cons...


Episode 24: Begin Again

What does it take to relocate, and reimagine, a classic? Chef Carmen Quagliata of Union Square Cafe is about to relaunch the venerable Manhattan restaurant, after three decades in its original location. Carmen shares what it was like taking over the kitchen at this New York City institution when he first came on board about a decade ago, and the nuts and bolts of shutting down, then reconstituting, Union Square Cafe in its about-to-debut new home.


Episode 23: Something Fishy?

The relationship between chefs and critics has been a hot topic this year and this week, San Francisco Magazine's Rebecca Flint Marx took an unsparing look at Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle and whether or not his boyfriend Michael Murphy's business interests represent a conflict of interest. We talk with Rebecca about the piece and its fallout, or curious lack thereof. Then, on an otherwise quiet summer news week, we kick back and talk chefs and fishing with Harold Dieterle,...


Episode 22: Exit Interview: Peter Hoffman

What's it feel like to depart the pro cooking trade after decades at the stoves? Chef Peter Hoffman, who helmed the landmark SoHo, New York, restaurant Savoy for two decades, just closed his second follow-up, Back Forty West, this week, and graciously joins us to talk about it. We discuss the emotions of stepping away from the business; the real history of the farm-to-table movement; and how the profession has changed during Peter's years in business. Erin Fairbanks, executive director of...


Episode 21: The Family Stone and the Wisdom of Wine

Chef Curtis Stone just launched his ambitious new tasting-menu restaurant Gwen in Hollywood this week (in collaboration with his brother Luke), and we've got him on the line from Los Angeles to tell us all about it, how his first few services have gone, what it was like training under Marco Pierre White, and the challenges of opening fine-dining restaurants in Los Angeles. And legendary chef Barry Wine of the late, great Quilted Giraffe is in studio to talk about restaurant openings,...


Episode 20: Out of the Frying Pan

Making the leap from chef de cuisine to chef-owner is no small feat, and we've got somebody fresh off that transition in the studio to tell us all about it. Chef Greg Baxtrom was known to followers of the chef world long before he opened his first restaurant, Olmsted, in Brooklyn, NY, last month. Simply put, Greg had worked in many of the best, most influential restaurants in the world, from Alinea to Per Se, from Blue Hill Stone Barns to Atera... all before the age of 30. We talk with Greg...


Episode 19: Setting the Chef's Table

Netflix's documentary series Chef's Table--currently in its second season--examines the evolution of some of the best chefs in the world as few entertainments have. Creator and director David Gelb (who also helmed the extraordinary Jiro Dreams of Sushi) joins us to discuss his fascination with chefs and how he approaches depicting them on film, and Gaggan Anand, subject of one of the series' episodes, shares his experience of being profiled. In our roundtable discussion, Chef Jonathan Benno...


Episode 18: The Goldberg Variations

On the heels of launching their new Bastion bar and restaurant, brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg--owners of Nashville, Tennessee's Strategic Hospitality--join us to discuss their place atop the Nashville, Tennessee, dining and drinking scene. In addition to such chef-driven restaurants as The Catbird Seat, Ben and Max operate a total of nine places that offer hospitality, food, and drink in a wildly varied range of price points and styles. A rare Front Burner chat with owner/operators that...