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Episode 36: Tony Mantuano, Dan Jacobs, Dan Van Rite

Andrew recently had a chance to sit down with Midwestern chefs of two generations: Chicago legend Tony Mantuano, who was instrumental in bringing authentic Italian food to the United States, and has done an admirable job of adjusting to the ever-changing times in stride; and Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite, who riff on Chinese food at their Milwaukee restaurant DanDan, and recently announced plans for a forthcoming French restaurant. Two very different and complementary conversations. Here's a...


Episode 35: Remembering Anthony Bourdain

The world lost on one of the great representatives of the chef profession today with the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain. Andrew and Chef Bill Telepan got together to talk about this departed icon, and his influence on the industry and beyond. A quick, unedited commiseration on a very sad day. RIP Tony.


Episode 34: Ruth Rogers/Ryan Tate

A special double-header with one chef from the Catskills and one who cooks there today: Ruth Rogers of London’s iconic River Cafe joins us to discuss her path to the kitchen, the restaurant’s 30-year trajectory, and her new cookbook; then Ryan Tate shares the story of how he almost joined the Army before discovering the kitchen, moving from Michigan to Manhattan, and slowly developing his own deceptively simple style.


Episode 33: Timothy Hollingsworth

In New York City, Andrew’s irked at the angle a restaurant critic adopted to review his book Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll in the New York Times. After he and Caitlin hash that out, we cut to a much happier scene: sun-drenched Los Angeles, where Andrew recently sat down with the super-talented Chef Timothy Hollingsworth of Otium restaurant, and before that, chef de cuisine of The French Laundry. Andrew and Tim have some history: Tim was the main character in Andrew’s book about the Bocuse...


Episode 32: Mary Sue Milliken

In what might quietly be one of our best interviews, Mary Sue Milliken--one half (with biz partner Susan Feniger) of TV’s legendary “Too Hot Tamales"--and one of the major characters in Andrew’s book Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll discusses cooking in LA; what a female-dominated industry might have looked like; her midwestern roots; and chefs and travel. Pull up a seat and listen in. Here's a thought: If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew...


Episode 31: JJ Johnson

Chef JJ Johnson and Andrew are both very much on the go this spring as they promote their respective books. (Pro tip: Check out JJ's From Harlem to Heaven--it's wonderful!) But they found a few minutes to comandeer a table at The Mermaid Inn and catch up--comparing notes on the book writing/publishing/promotion experience, discussing JJ's exploration of the African diaspora in restaurants and writing, and kicking around JJ's new restaurant concept and how he's enjoying a break from the pro...


Episode 30: Suzanne Tracht

What's more fun than volleyball and as entertaining as a great summer read? Why, a podcast interview on the beach, of course. When Andrew met Suzanne Tracht, chef-owner of JAR restaurant, at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market recently, Suzanne suggested they have their conversation on the mostly deserted beach. The two of them commandeered a lifeguard tower and got to it, discussing Suzanne's kosher upbringing in Arizona, her migration to the pro kitchen and to California, the genesis and...


Episode 29: Norman Van Aken

Maybe it's because they have Florida in common, or maybe because they both write, or maybe it's something more simple and special than that, but Andrew has always felt a kinship with Chef Norman Van Aken, who's been making his mark on Florida dining since his his first at-bats in Key West in the early 1980s. Norman recently welcomed Andrew to Miami to help him promote Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll at Norman's new cooking school, In the Kitchen with Norman Van Aken, and his beautiful new...


Episode 28: Michael Lomonaco

From '21' to the dear, departed Windows on the World, to his current longtime home at Porter House Bar and Grill, Chef Michael Lomonaco has made a career of finding new registers in the classics of American cuisine. Andrew sat down with his good friend (they collaborated on a book years ago) to discuss the trajectory of Michael's career, how he finds creative expression and satisfaction in the traditional mode he cooks in, and the very personal Italian-American influence that's found its...


Episode 27: Mike Solomonov

At his restaurants Zahav, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Rooster Soup Company, Goldie and others, Philadelphia-based chef and restaurateur Mike Solomonov has established himself as the standard-bearer of modern Jewish/Israeli cuisine. While at the Philly Chef Conference recently, Andrew and Mike borrowed a conference room for an impromptu rap session about what it means to be Jewish in the industry, the pitfalls of modern communication, where new restaurant ideas come from, and the secrets behind...


Episode 26: Nick Curtola

At Williamsburg's popular Four Horsemen, Chef Nick Curtola brings a young lifetime of experience to bear in creating a concise but diverse menu that complements the restaurant's thoughtful wine program. The resulting offerings draw a steady steam of both civilian and industry diners. Nick shares the path that led him here, including his Bay Area childhood, time spent cooking in Italy, and at Franny's in New York, and his thoughts on menu development, collaboration, and management. Here's a...


Episode 25: Ayesha Nurdjaja

At Shuka restaurant in downtown Manhattan, chef Ayesha Nurdjaja subtly makes Middle Eastern/Mediterranean cuisine her own. Over coffee one recent morning, she and Andrew kicked around her unique approach to her culinary education, favoring time spent in home kitchens around the world. She also shares a lot about her Brooklyn upbringing and her path to the professional kitchen after considering careers in gemology and music. Here's a thought: If you like what you hear, please tell your...


Episode 24: Bruce Marder

Bruce Marder is the first chef named in Andrew's brand new book Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll. But he's far from a household name, despite the fact that his long-departed West Beach Cafe is legendary, and that he currently co-owns and operates a handful of successful LA-area restaurants, including Capo and the forthcoming Red Rooster. When Andrew's recent flight home from LA got canceled, he suddenly found himself crashing at the home of Bruce and his wife Shelley, and the two sat down for...


Greg Proechel

Greg Prochel presides over one of the hottest kitchens of 2018 at his Ferris Restaurant in New York City. Greg and Andrew borrowed a room in MADE, the hotel that houses the restaurant, and interviewed there recently, going over Greg's early life and career (he switched from finance), stints at Eleven Madison Park and Blanca, and eventually his own chef gig at Le Turtle and now Ferris. In addition to how his distinct style evolved, Greg shares his personal thoughts on everything from...


Episode 22: Angie Mar

For a career-changer, Chef Angie Mar's ascent in the chef world has been nothing short of astounding. Andrew swung by her stylish, wildly successful West Village restaurant The Beatrice Inn to get her story, from her Seattle upbringing to her life as a real estate agent in Los Angeles to her decision to chuck it all and jump into the pro kitchen. They also discuss the unique culture and rituals behind the scenes at The Beatrice Inn and how she went about buying the business and making it...


Episode 21: Claire Welle

Claire Welle, the chef of Otway restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, has been drawing a lot of attention lately for her straightforward, relatable bistro menu, tweaked just enough to make it enduringly personal. She and Andrew took up a booth one morning last week during the prep day at Otway and talked over her young life and career; her views on teamwork, collaboration, and chemistry; how the current "cook's market" impacts contemporary pro kitchens; her opinion of cooking schools; and a lot...


Episode 20: Charlie Palmer

The great American chef Charlie Palmer sat down with Andrew the other day at the top of the Archer Hotel in Midtown Manhattan to talk over his life and career, from The River Cafe to Aureole to his collection of restaurants on both coasts of the United States. During this free-ranging interview, they also discuss the relevancy of sports to cooking; teamwork in the kitchen; and how he keeps things fresh after all this time. (Note: This is a wonderful companion interview to our next episode,...


Episode 19: Hillary Sterling

As she was giddy with excitement at the prospect of decamping New York City for a Mexican adventure, Andrew joined Hillary Sterling one morning in the Vic's dining room for some shop talk--they kicked around the special allure travel holds for chefs, the value of a chef having worked in the front of house, the importance of sound cues in the kitchen, chef as teacher, and more. A fun and freewheeling conversation with a quick, witty, reflective chef. Here's a thought: If you like what you...


Episode 18: Dan Kluger

Loring Place chef-owner Dan Kluger first became known to New York CIty restaurant-goers as the chef of ABC Kitchen, where he announced himself with a dynamic, vegetable-forward style that's among the best of its class anywhere in the United States. But this modest chef's backstory is deep, and punctuated by time with industry legends: He learned alongside Floyd Cardoz, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Tom Colicchio. A fellow resident of Westchester County, Dan swung by Andrew's house on the...


Episode 17: Hooni Kim

If there's such a thing as an epic podcast interview, this is it: Chef Hooni Kim's story spans three continents ... before the age of ten. From there, it's a long journey to the professional kitchen, and then to discovering who he was on the plate, which he sprung on the New York City dining public, first at Danji and then at Hanjan, where he offers his own personal take on Korean cuisine. Along the way, he did time at medical school (including a harrowing ER story), in the demanding...