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Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder & CEO of The International Culinary Center (founded as The French Culinary Institute), brings her hit PBS series and companion book, Chef’s Story, to Hear the personal stories behind culinary triumphs.






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Episode 128: Tribute to Dorothy Cann Hamilton

Thanks for listening to and supporting Chef's Story over the years. As many of you know, on September 16, 2016 we lost our dear friend and host of Chef's Story, Dorothy Cann Hamilton. She, among many things, was one of the most respected culinary leaders in the world. Dorothy founded the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan in 1984, which later became the International Culinary Center. Ask anybody she knew or worked with – Dorothy was a beacon of light. Her uncontrollable smile, her...

Duration: 00:07:48

Episode 123: CJ Reycraft

This week on Chef's Story, host Dorothy Cann Hamilton sits down with CJ Reycraft, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and Chef/Managing Partner of Amuse, where classic French cuisine gets a modern update. Westfield has become one of three American chefs -- and the first ever from New Jersey -- to be given the prestigious Prix au Chef de L’Avenir (Leading Chef of the Future) Award, by the International Academy of Gastronomy.

Duration: 00:47:39

Episode 112: Steven Jenkins

On this week’s episode ofChef’s Story, Dorothy Cann Hamilton speaks with Steven Jenkins of Fairway Markets.Jenkins is credited with having...

Duration: 00:49:16

Episode 111: David Waltuck

On this week’s episode ofChef’s Story, Dorothy Cann Hamilton speaks with David Waltuck, who opened the restaurantÉlan with business partner...

Duration: 00:49:06

Episode 110: Rob Bleifer

Tune in for a brand new episode of Chef’s Story as Dorothy Cann Hamilton speaks with Chef Rob Bleifer. As...

Duration: 00:51:24

Episode 109: Gabe McMackin

Tune in for a brand new episode of Chef’s Story as host Dorothy Cann Hamilton is in conversation with Chef...

Duration: 00:44:32

Episode 107: Tim & Nancy Cushman

Chef’s Story is back for another great season as host Dorothy Cann Hamilton is in conversation with Tim and Nancy...

Duration: 00:52:49

Episode 106: Kirsten and Mandy Dixon

This week on Chef’s Story, host Dorothy Cann Hamilton sits down with Chefs Kirsten Dixon and Mandy Dixon of the...

Duration: 00:49:58

Episode 105: Ming Tsai

Ming’s love of cooking was forged in his early years. Ming was raised in Dayton, Ohio, where he spent hours...

Duration: 00:49:56

Episode 104: Sara Jenkins

The daughter of a foreign correspondent and a food writer, Sara Jenkins grew up all over the Mediterranean, eating her...

Duration: 00:46:13

Chef's Story - Episode 31 - Michael Lomonaco

Michael Lomonaco has NYC and Brooklyn in his blood, and he's here to share his culinary journey on Chef's Story with Dorothy Cann Hamilton. Tune in and hear what it was like growing up in Bensonhurst in an Italian American family and cooking things like zeppoli and cranberry beans at home. Hear how Michael quit acting to pursue cooking by attending culinary school, and eventually going on to cook at Le Cirque and the 21 Club. Listen in as he recounts his experience as the Executive Chef at...

Duration: 00:48:37

Chef's Story - Episode 103 - Evan Hanczor & George Weld

The idea of cooking as a career might have come to Evan Hanczor unconsciously. Evan spent summers strawberry picking and cooking with his family in Florida, and went to college at Tulane, in its gastronomically rich New Orleans setting. By the time he graduated and moved to Connecticut, Evan knew cooking was his calling, eschewing more schooling to take a hands-on position at The Dressing Room in Westport. Evan moved to New York City in 2009, working at Locanda Verde before nabbing a spot...

Duration: 00:50:19

Chef's Story - Episode 102 - Cathy Whims

This week on Chef's Story, tune in as Dorothy Cann Hamilton finds that it’s not the awards or the notoriety that fuels the fire for Chef/Restaurateur Cathy Whims. It’s the quest to offer historically-based, authentic dishes that celebrate a sense of place and a local producer’s passion that keep the beloved Portland, Oregon culinary treasure at the stove. She and her partner, David West, opened Nostrana in 2005 and quickly earned The Oregonian’s coveted designation as Best Restaurant of...

Duration: 00:49:21

Chef's Story - Episode 101 - Fox Bros Bar-B-Q

This week on A Chef's Story, Dorothy Cann Hamilton is Joined by Jonathan and Justin Fox, owners of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta. After growing up with Texas barbecue, the Fox brothers were underwhelmed by the Atlantan barbecue after moving there in 1998. So they decided to take matters into their own hands and learn to cook barbecue themselves. In 2007, they opened the Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q restaurant. Now they are incredibly successful and are cooking up to 3000 lbs of meat in their kitchen...

Duration: 00:48:05

Chef's Story - Episode 100 - Paul Bartolotta

This week's featured guest on Chef's Story is Paul Bartolotta. In 1980, Paul graduated from the Restaurant and Hotel Management Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College. His cultural education began with New York restaurateur, Tony May, owner at the time of the Rainbow Room and founder of Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani, the international food society devoted to maintaining the traditions and standards of classical Italian colleagues. Initially instituted as a six-month tour of duty for...

Duration: 00:48:48

Chef's Story - Episode 99 - Bryce Shuman

This week on Chef's Story host Dorothy Cann Hamilton interviews one of the new living legends of New York chefs, Bryce Shuman. Bryce tells us about his life, when he lived in the arctic, traveled to San Francisco for culinary school, and how he came to his restaurant Betony. This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market. "I think now I'm innately very accepting, I think that has helped me become the person that I am, I try not to judge people." [14:00] "I wanted it to be a fine...

Duration: 00:49:20

Chef's Story - Episode 98 - Mark Ladner

Chef Mark Ladner joins Dorothy Cann Hamilton for a special interview on Chef's Story, recorded at the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015! Chef Ladner touches on his childhood, his formative food memories, his career trajectory and his advice for aspiring chefs. He also explains what drove him to open his pop-up gluten-free pasta concept, Pasta Flyer. Mark Ladner is the James Beard award winning chef of Del Posto. Chef Ladner’s education began in Cambridge, MA at independently owned and...

Duration: 00:55:16

Chef's Story - Episode 97 - Colman Andrews

Colman Andrews is an American writer and editor and authority on food and wine. In culinary circles, he is best known for his association with Saveur magazine, which he founded with Dorothy Kalins, Michael Grossman, and Christopher Hirsheimer in 1994 and where he served as editor-in-chief from 2001 until 2006. After resigning from the magazine in 2006, he became the restaurant columnist for Gourmet. In 2010, he helped launch a food and drink website, The Daily Meal, and serves as its...

Duration: 00:47:51

Chef's Story - Episode 96 - Jimmy Bradley

This week's guest on Chef's Story is chef Jimmy Bradley. The chef-owner of two popular New York City restaurants - The Red Cat, The Harrison - Jimmy Bradley presides over neighborhood joint that have become destinations for guests from around the city, and the country. A purveyor of straightforward, occasionally irreverent, food and contagious conviviality, all of it wrapped up in an attitude-free package, Bradley has helped contemporary diners rediscover the intrinsic value of classic...

Duration: 00:49:52

Chef's Story - Episode 94 - Soulayphet "Phet" Schwader

This week's guest on Chef's Story is Soulayphet "Phet" Schwader. Born in a small village outside the capital of Laos, “Thangone,” Soulayphet Schwader immigrated to the U.S. at a very young age. Growing up in Kansas Soulayphet recalls a youth spent clamoring for a ham sandwich instead of the traditional Laotian lunch his mother would pack for him each day. It wasn’t until he secured his first job as a fry cook, while studying philosophy in college that the possibilities inherent in his...

Duration: 00:48:08

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