Andrew Talks to Chefs
Episode 15: Richard Blais
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....
Episode 14: Curtis Stone
Los Angeles’s chef Curtis Stone joins us for a special bonus episode to discuss the coming format change at his Beverly Hills hit Maude, which will switch to a wine-region-inspired tasting menu in late January. (The first region he’s exploring: Rioja!) Curtis discusses the reason for the change, and the recent research trip he and his team took to Spain and how the inspiration they found there will find its way back to the restaurant. In this season of giving, we also look at his...
Episode 13: Michael White/Philip Tessier
Our first twofer! Chef Michael White, the force behind Marea, Ai Fiori, Osteria Morini, and other modern classics, tells us how he morphed from an offensive tackle from Beloit, Wisconsin, into one of the best practitioners of Italian cuisine in the world. And Philip Tessier, a young veteran of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group who won a long-coveted silver medal for the United States at the international Bocuse d'Or competition, takes us inside his triumph and talks about his beautiful...
Episode 12: Elise Kornack
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...
Episode 11: Marcus Samuelsson
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...
Episode 10: Massimo Bottura
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...
Episode 9: Victoria Blamey
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...
Episode 7: Greg Baxtrom
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...
Episode 6: Stephen Harris
Before he became a chef and turned The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent, into a Michelin-starred destination restaurant, Stephen Harris was a punk rocker, history teacher, and financial advisor. Though he didn't discover the pro kitchen until he was nearly 30, this self-taught talent has taken his ideas of food as an expression of terroir and created what the National Restaurant Awards deemed the best restaurant in the UK in 2016 and 2017. While in New York City to promote his new cookbook...
Episode 3: Michael Anthony
Chef Michael Anthony has been at the helm of New York City's Gramercy Tavern since 2006. During that time, he has consistently polished one of the true diamonds of the Manhattan restaurant landscape, earning top honors, such as the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef in the nation. But Mike, one of the industry's true good guys, didn't grow up dreaming of becoming a chef; he found his way to the kitchen after a traditional college career and travel overseas. In this episode,...
Episode 2: Amanda Cohen
Amanda Cohen has been chef-owner of downtown New York City's groundbreaking vegetable restaurant Dirt Candy for nearly a decade. Dirt Candy began as a 350-square-foot labor of love and grew into its current, much larger home two years ago. Recently Amanda shifted to an all-tasting-menu format, so we thought it was a perfect time to check in with this always thoughtful, entertaining chef. (Fans of Andrew's prior podcast, The Front Burner with Jimmy and Andrew, will remember her as one of...