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Episode 56: Christian Petroni

On the heels of his recent victory on Food Network Star, Christian Petroni--the culinary and personality force behind a quintet of Fortina restaurants in New York and Connecticut--sits down with Andrew to share the story behind his successful Italian-American restaurant group, recall autumn hunting trips with his father and brothers, and get into the perhaps surprising role French and Spanish food have played in his life and career.


Episode 55: Amy Brandwein

In the three-and-a-half years since opening her Centrolina restaurant in Washington, DC, Amy Brandwein has earned rave reviews and a devoted following (she was also the subject of an article by Melissa Clark last month in the New York Times). It’s an extra-remarkable accomplishment since Amy didn’t set her sights on chefdom until age 30, switching careers, and eventually homing in on Italian food. Andrew and Amy sat down recently to go over her story, from baking pies as a child to...


Episode 54: Miles Thompson

Chef Miles Thompson grew up on the East Coast of the United States with dreams of becoming an actor, but after he moved to California (and landed a movie role), he migrated to the pro kitchen.


Episode 53: John Currence

John Currence doesn't hold back. From his politics to his convictions about Southern cuisine to his feelings about industry awards and what defines a chef, this Oxford, Mississippi-based chef/restaurateur/author/advocate lays it all out there. Who better to chat with the weekend before Election Day 2018? Andrew and "Johnny Snack" go deep and wide, touching on his earliest days as a cook, evolution as a chef, and his no-holds-barred opinions on myriad aspects of his chosen profession and of...


Episode 52: David DiBari

As he prepares to double his number of restaurants from 2 to 4 (and in the midst of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week), David DiBari--chef/owner of The Cookery and The Parlor in Dobbs Ferry, NY--sits down with Andrew to discuss his Upstate New York roots, his time cooking at Babbo and at David Bouley's Danube in Manhattan, and why he chooses to ply his trade in Westchester County.


Episode 51: Naomi Pomeroy/Pano Karatassos

A double-feature episode—Chefs Naomi Pomeroy and Pano Karatassos both have relatively new non-restaurant ventures in their lives. Naomi, based in Portland, Oregon, has opened—of all things—a flower shop. Why did this chef who already has a successful restaurant (Beast), bar (Expatriate), and cookbook (Taste & Technique) take on such a seemingly out-of-left-field enterprise? To find out, Andrew sat down with her at the shop, Colibri, for a free-flowing and wide-ranging conversation. Pano,...


Episode 50: Fatima Ali

Chef Fatima “Fati” Ali connected deeply with the culinary community earlier this month with her Bon Appetit essay where she shared the news that her cancer had retuned and been deemed terminal.


Episode 49: Open Kitchen – Chandra Ram

Culinary degrees and kitchen experience don't always lead to chefdom. In this Open Kitchen episode, Chandra Ram, editor of PLATE magazine, shares her journey from her home state of Kentucky to the Culinary Institute of America to life as a working cook and consulting chef to her longstanding role as editor of PLATE magazine.


Episode 48: Joe Flamm

On the heels of the dinner he and Tony Mantuano threw for Andrew last week in Chicago, Spiaggia's executive chef Joe Flamm sat down for a deep-dive biographical interview. He shares it all: From his South Side childhood upbringing, to early jobs in unheralded neighborhood joints, to formative gigs working for Windy City chefs Stephanie Izzard, Art Smith, and Bill Kim, to his arrival and ascension at Spiagiga.


Episode 47: Justin Hilbert

For three years, at Maude restaurant in Beverly HIlls, Justin Hilbert (who was elevated to Executive Chef by Chef-Owner Curtis Stone in April 2016) changed the menu monthly to celebrate a single ingredient. These days, the restaurant revamps itself quarterly to focus on a different wine region. What kind of chef does it take to pull off this periodic feat, and what toll does the commitment demand of the chef? Find out in this remarkably open conversation with Justin, who also recounts his...


Episode 46: Alex Guarnaschelli

Though born into a food-centric family (legendary cookbook editor mom; passionate homecook dad), Alex Guarnaschelli never imagined a life in the pro kitchen. But when she decided to give it a go just after graduating college, she never looked back. Known to most listeners as one of the judges on Food Network's Chopped, and as chef of Butter restaurant in New York City, Alex has a depth of kitchen experience that might surprise casual observers--she began her career working for a quartet of...


Episode 45: Daniela Soto-Innes

Our fall season kicks off with one of the industry's true wunderkinds--Daniela Soto-Innes, chef de cuisine of Cosme and Atla in New York City, where she shares the singular style of Mexican cuisine she and Enrique Olvera have honed at these restaurants. (Daniela was a protege of Olvera's at Pujol restaurant in her native Mexico City.) Andrew and Daniela discuss her early start and quick ascension in the pro kitchen, why she decided to hone in on Mexican food, and what it was like building a...


Episode 44: Erin Shambura

Our Season 3 finale (or is it? listen to show intro for details about possible bonus episodes) takes us to Fausto, one of Brooklyn's best modern Italian restaurants, where Andrew recently caught up with Chef Erin Shambura. They kicked around her relatively late start in the pro kitchen (after earning a college degree), how and why she eventually gravitated to Italian food, and the evolution of her current professional home.


Episode 43: Gabriel Kreuther

You won't find a more thoughtful, reflective leader in today's restaurant world than Gabriel Kreuther. Andrew sat down with the chef in his eponymous New York City restaurant to discuss his humble beginnings on a farm in Alsace; his early distinction in a national apprentice competition; his love of New York City; and his very personal observations about teamwork, creativity, and creating an environment that is welcoming to all. This episode is brought to you by Ancestry. Here's a thought:...


Episode 42: Bill Telepan

On one of the hottest days of the summer, Andrew finds himself in a slump but old friend Bill Telepan, chef of Oceana restaurant in midtown Manhattan, pulls him out of it. The two of them, who collaborated on Bill's cookbook Inspired by Ingredients, discuss the trajectory of Bill's career from the kitchens of such restaurants as Gotham Bar and Grill and Le Bernardin to his own restaurants such as the eponymous Telepan, and his transition to seafood at Oceana. They get into his goals for the...


Episode 41: Daniel Holzman

How in the world did a guy who started off in top French kitchens such as Le Bernardin (at age 14!) end up co-founding a collection of restaurants like The Meatball Shop? In a remarkably open and honest conversation, Daniel Holzman takes us through the twists and turns of his young life and career and explains how he course-corrected to his current path. He and Andrew also go deep on a lot of frank talk about creativity and the restaurant industry. We love this episode and think you will,...


Episode 40: Emma Bengtsson

Few toques have made the leap from pastry chef to executive chef, but Emma Bengtsson of Aquavit in New York City did it in grand style, earning rave reviews and two Michelin stars since taking over the restaurant's kitchen in 2014. Andrew recently visited with Emma at the restaurant to review her early days cooking in Sweden, her love-at-first-sight relationship with New York City, her management style, and how she navigated the transition to her current role. Here's a thought: If you like...


Episode 39: Open Kitchen - Phil Rosenthal

A first for the podcast: Andrew welcomes television's Phil Rosenthal, host of the Netflix series Somebody Feed Phil, as our inaugural Open Kitchen (i.e., non-chef) guest. As listeners surely know, Phil--who created the legendary CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond--has a passion for food and travel, which he explores on his series. He's also an investor in roughly 25 restaurants, and an unabashed admirer of chefs and cooks. Over espressos at New York City's Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria,...


Episode 38: Jonathan Benno

One of the most accomplished chefs in the country returns to center stage this week as Jonathan Benno has just opened his Leonelli Taberna in New York City, the first of three planned Italian concepts he'll launch this year. Andrew, who's neighbors with Jonathan in the suburbs of Westchester County, paid him a visit during construction back in May to discuss the projects, the challenges of new openings, the first stirrings of his love of cooking and Italian food, and his time at such...


Episode 37: Marc Forgione

After some emotionally draining weeks, Andrew & Caitlin dispense with their usual introductory chit-chat and get right to this week's interview: a fun and free-ranging conversation with Chef Marc Forgione recorded recently at his eponymous restaurant in lower Manhattan. Andrew and Marc discuss the blessing/curse of being the son of a legendary chef; his formative days cooking for chefs such as Paticia Yeo and Laurent Tourondel; the origins and development of his restaurants Marc Forgione...