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Episode 29: Norman Van Aken

4/18/2018
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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...

Duration:01:10:47

Episode 28: Michael Lomonaco

4/11/2018
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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...

Duration:01:07:52

Episode 27: Mike Solomonov

4/10/2018
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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...

Duration:01:08:41

Episode 26: Nick Curtola

3/28/2018
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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...

Duration:01:11:17

Episode 25: Ayesha Nurdjaja

3/21/2018
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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...

Duration:01:05:50

Episode 24: Bruce Marder

3/14/2018
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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...

Duration:01:15:19

Greg Proechel

3/7/2018
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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...

Duration:01:36:30

Episode 22: Angie Mar

2/28/2018
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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...

Duration:01:36:38

Episode 21: Claire Welle

2/21/2018
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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...

Duration:01:21:39

Episode 20: Charlie Palmer

2/21/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:53:52

Episode 19: Hillary Sterling

2/7/2018
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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...

Duration:01:15:04

Episode 18: Dan Kluger

1/31/2018
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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...

Duration:01:29:47

Episode 17: Hooni Kim

1/24/2018
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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...

Duration:01:51:49

Episode 16: Missy Robbins

1/17/2018
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Andrew Talks to Chefs kicks off its second season with the chef of Andrew's favorite restaurant of the moment, Missy Robbins of Lillia in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From a corner table at the restaurant, the two discuss Missy's culinary and personal journey to a place that so naturally expresses her ideas of Italian food and hospitality, as well as her recent and very revealing book Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ... Life. Along the way, Missy shares her memories of working for Charlie Trotter in...

Duration:01:14:43

Episode 15: Richard Blais

12/13/2017
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Andrew finds himself torn at the outset of our Season 1 finale. On the one hand, he has a hugely entertaining guest--chef/author/podcaster/personality Richard Blais. On the other, this is the week that one of the biggest chefs in the country left the spotlight after a slew of sexual harassment allegations. So Andrew and Caitlin try to make sense of that news and how a (male) writer can help, then abruptly shift gears to celebrate the season and dive into Andrew's interview with Richard....

Duration:01:42:28

Episode 12: Elise Kornack

11/29/2017
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Just six months ago, Elise Kornack was the chef and co-owner of one of the most unique tasting menu restaurants in the world, Brooklyn's 12-seat, Michelin-starred jewel box Take Root. Today, she's enjoying a breather in her new home in the woods of Saugerties, New York, two hours north of the big city, where she's been reflecting on her life and career and plotting her next professional chapter. Andrew recently threw his mics and recording equipment into his trunk and drove up to spend a...

Duration:01:34:42

Episode 11: Marcus Samuelsson

11/22/2017
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As his newest restaurant, Marcus B&P in Newark, New Jersey, came to life around him, Marcus Samuelsson took an hour to sit with Andrew (who was his publicist back in the 1990s) and reflect on his career: How he picks his next projects, divides his time, and what’s changed in the pro kitchen in the quarter century since he came to the United States. He also tells us all about the process of opening a new restaurant in a new city for the first time. A personal session with one of the most...

Duration:01:04:51

Episode 10: Massimo Bottura

11/15/2017
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Our first season just keeps getting better and better as one of the most acclaimed chefs on the planet, Massimo Bottura of Modena's Osteria Francescana, drops in to talk about his new book Bread is Gold. The book tells the story of his ambitious project at the 2015 Milan Expo where he brought 65 chefs from around the world together to show highly creative ways to use past-their-prime ingredients and minimize food waste. We also talk about how the project is distinctly Italian, why he...

Duration:01:16:25

Episode 9: Victoria Blamey

11/14/2017
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Victoria Blamey is a good sport. The chef of Chumley’s, the reinvigorated former speakeasy in New York City’s West Village, agreed to meet Andrew for a shift drink and interview after dinner service at the restaurant. The two got to it around midnight and talked up a storm over cocktails, while Victoria’s crew gradually wrapped up their evening all around them. The two discussed the restaurant’s already-famous burger and why Victoria won’t customize it (a philosophical disagreement she and...

Duration:01:29:09

Episode 7: Greg Baxtrom

11/1/2017
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Last year, chef Greg Baxtrom took one of the best resumes around (Alinea, Per Se, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Atera) and funneled his hard-earned technique and experience into Brooklyn's Olmsted restaurant, a neighborhood gem that quickly rose to prominence as a destination restaurant. On the heels of Olmsted's inclusion on Esquire's Best New Restaurants list, Greg takes us through his young life and career and shares his recent experience opening his first restaurant as chef-owner. A rare...

Duration:01:16:08

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