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Smart talk and shameless gossip with the food world's most interesting people. Hosted by Greg Morabito and Helen Rosner.

Smart talk and shameless gossip with the food world's most interesting people. Hosted by Greg Morabito and Helen Rosner.
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Smart talk and shameless gossip with the food world's most interesting people. Hosted by Greg Morabito and Helen Rosner.




Best of: Preeti Mistry

Welcome to the third Best of episode, hosted by Amanda Kludt and Daniel Geneen. Filmmaker turned chef Preeti Mistry cooks Indian food with a distinctly Bay Area sensibility. Think big flavors built from the best ingredients, served in a casual, fun setting. On a recent trip to New York, Mistry stopped by the Eater Upsell studios to talk about her Top Chef days, embracing her heritage, and building something new out of her past. Original air date: (09/07/16)

Duration: 00:29:50

(Ep 57) How Sean Brock Reinvented Himself (and his restaurants)

Charleston chef Sean Brock has been widely recognized for the Southern food he serves at his Husk restaurants and at tasting-menu spot McCrady’s. But, Brock has also made headlines for his personal struggle with an autoimmune disease and a recent revelation to the New York Times that he’s committed to sobriety after a stint in rehab. On this week’s Upsell, the high profile chef chats with Helen and Greg about taking time for self care, creating the “anti-tasting menu” tasting menu, and...

Duration: 01:01:33

(Ep 56) Border Grill's Susan Feniger Looks Back on Three Decades of LA Cuisine

Susan Feniger is a pillar of the Los Angeles dining scene. The chef opened her first restaurant in LA with culinary partner Mary Sue Milliken in 1981. Since then, Feniger has opened a number of restaurants both with Milliken and on her own, gaining national attention with the duo’s long-running Food Network show Too Hot Tamales along the way. In her conversation with Greg, Feniger discusses the secret to a 36-year chef partnership, her stint on Top Chef Masters, and what she loves about...

Duration: 00:59:42

(Ep 55) Jeni Britton Bauer's Ice Cream Secrets

Jeni Britton Bauer founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 to make better American ice creams. In the decade plus since then, Jeni’s has grown to become one of the leaders of the movement for higher-quality pints. In her conversation with Helen and Greg, the ice cream maker reveals the secret to coming up with her uber-creative ice cream flavors, explains how she came out ahead of a 2015 listeria outbreak, and grapples with mixing ice cream and politics.

Duration: 01:03:30

(Ep 54) David Chang: "Almost Everything We've Done Has Been a Failure from the Get Go."

David Chang is the powerhouse behind the New York City-based Momofuku restaurant empire, which as Helen so succinctly puts it at the beginning of this week’s episode, has been largely responsible for “The Way We Eat Now.” In Chang’s chat with Helen and Greg, he reveals how he came to terms with the importance of Yelp, why he’s not interested in going after awards, and which major restaurant critic can just go fuck himself.

Duration: 01:08:12

Dana Cowin On the Most Exciting Time in the Food World

Dana Cowin spent 21 years as the editor in chief of Food & Wine. During that time, she played a key role in fueling the rise of the celebrity chef. Now, she talks one-on-one to women in the food world on her podcast Speaking Broadly. In her chat with Helen, the food media powerhouse looks back on the moment food became not just something to eat, but an experience to have, reveals her feelings on meal kits, and explains why it's an exciting time to be a woman in the restaurant industry.

Duration: 00:52:20

Bianca Bosker’s Journey Through the Wild, Wooly World of Wine

Bianca Bosker left a career as a tech writer to explore the world of sommeliers, wine makers, and well-heeled oenophiles. A wine novice at first, Bosker quickly got sucked into the community of bottle-obsessives through working in restaurants and attending tastings and events, including the notorious La Paulée fest, which Bianca describes a big “wine orgy.” After becoming a certified sommelier, Bosker turned the notes from her journey into "Cork Dork," an immensely entertaining book that...

Duration: 01:01:32

Massimo Bottura’s Big Plans for America and Beyond

Massimo Bottura is the driving force behind one of the world’s greatest destination restaurants: Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. The chef/author/restaurateur spent the last two decades developing a style of Italian cuisine that points toward the future while paying respect to the past. Last year, shortly after Osteria Francescana landed at the top of the World’s 50 Best list, Bottura and his team began opening non-profit community kitchens in his native Italy, as well as Rio de...

Duration: 00:48:00

Ayesha Curry’s Indestructible Bubble of Happiness

Don’t let her chill demeanor fool you: Ayesha Curry is an insanely busy person. In addition to hosting a Food Network show, launching a meal kit, being married to an NBA superstar, and publishing her own cookbook, Curry is also dipping her toe into the world of San Francisco restaurants, alongside her friend, chef Michael Mina. In this chat with the Helen and Greg, Ayesha talks about how she built a fresh, highly personal lifestyle brand over the last few years, and what she wants to...

Duration: 00:50:47

Paul Liebrandt: Life In Between Restaurants

(Ep 49) Paul Liebrandt, former chef of NYC’s two-Michelin-starred Corton, is still cooking. The star of A Matter of Taste, the documentary that chronicled years of his career in fine dining kitchens, is now a consultant. Liebrandt stopped by the Eater Upsell to discuss what that means, the possibility of a new Paul Liebrandt restaurant, and why you’ll never see him on a cooking show. We'd LOVE to hear from you. Email us with your questions, comments, suggestions at and...

Duration: 00:53:42

Fabián von Hauske on Building a Critical Darling

(Ep 48) 27 year old Fabián von Hauske and his partner chef Jeremiah Stone are the team behind New York City’s Contra and Wildair, two of the buzziest restaurants on Lower Manhattan’s fine-dining scene. The Mexico City-born chef and 2014 Eater Young Gun stopped by the Eater Upsell to discuss working in kitchens as an immigrant, the evolution of New York City’s restaurant scene, and why he and Jeremiah are really into piña coladas. We'd LOVE to hear from you. Email us with your questions,...

Duration: 00:45:32

Jessica Seinfeld's Tips for Living a Manageably Fabulous Life

Although Jessica Seinfeld says her culinary qualifications are minimal, her home cooking skills have led to four cookbooks. The latest is Food Swings, a book of recipes designed for a life of “virtue and vice.” Seinfeld stopped by the Upsell studio (with homemade cookies in hand) to discuss eating what she wants, the coffee maker that gets her out of bed in the morning, and why the Zabar’s lox counter was the perfect place for her husband Jerry to profess his love for the very first time.

Duration: 00:59:29

How Barbara Lynch Built a Boston Empire

(Ep 46) Barbara Lynch put the Boston restaurant scene on the national radar. The 2014 James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur has eight restaurants in her home city, including a collaboration with Eataly Boston, and recently published a memoir, Out of Line, in which she details how she rose from Southie to become a major figure in the restaurant world. Just last week, she was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people of the year. The chef and restaurateur sat down in the Upsell studio...

Duration: 00:52:57

Wolfgang Puck on Pizza, Sex, and Airports

(Ep 45) Wolfgang Puck is America’s first celebrity chef. The man behind Spago, Cut, and the eponymous airport restaurants you hope to find during layovers, among others, shaped California cuisine as we know it, the pizza included. Fittingly, his celebrity status has been set in stone with his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Puck stopped by the Eater Upsell to chat with hosts Helen Rosner and Greg Morabito about creating celebrity hangouts, what’s wrong with restaurant...

Duration: 00:53:18

Naomi Pomeroy Eats In Front of Customers

(Ep 44) Naomi Pomeroy’s restaurant Beast turns 10 this year, and over the past decade, the self-made chef has mellowed. Ten years of running the restaurant, which, so far, has stuck to a six-course menu and set seating times, has taught the Pomeroy to yell less, adapt more, and consistently prioritize fun in the kitchen. “The key to my success has always been empowering the people around me,” she says. Another likely contributor: fan-favorite appearances on two TV shows. After getting her...

Duration: 00:57:26

3.8: Don’t Call Teen Chef Flynn McGarry a Teen Chef (Oops)

Flynn McGarry ( is still a teen chef, but three years after he came onto the scene as a 15-year-old fine dining wunderkind, he is no longer, technically, a kid. McGarry has spent time in some of the world’s most renowned kitchens, including Geranium in Copenhagen, Alinea in Chicago, Eleven Madison Park in New York, and at the Modernist Cuisine lab in Seattle. More recently, the teen chef (who expects that label to stick long after his teens) has hosted his...

Duration: 00:46:24

3.7: José Andrés and Donald Trump Have Two Very Different Approaches to Steak Eating

José Andrés ( is the chef that helped America fall in love with tapas. Now, he runs an empire of some 26 restaurants and is a passionate advocate for immigration reform (for which Obama awarded the chef a National Humanities Medal). Andrés is everywhere: D.C., Vegas, Miami, and even in the crosshairs of a legal battle with the current president, who sued after Andrés pulled out of a restaurant project at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. The superstar chef...

Duration: 00:55:23

3.6: Ken Friedman On How to Build a Buzzy Restaurant

Ken Friedman, the music industry hot shot turned restauranteur, has that kind of cool you just have to be born with. Together with chef April Bloomfield, he has reshaped the New York dining scene with his particular take on the English gastropub. Ken stopped by the Upsell studios in LA to chat with Greg about how he ended up in the restaurant business, the origins of The Spotted Pig, how to be cool at parties, and how much he hates staring at exposed filament lightbulbs.

Duration: 00:57:17

3.5: Melissa Clark And the War Over Pea Gucamole

Melissa Clark is one of America’s greatest recipe scribes. Over the last two decades, Clark has worked on nearly 40 cookbooks and contributed countless recipes to the _New York Times_ food section. One of her NYT contributions, a recipe based on a Manhattan restaurant’s guacamole with peas, ignited a social media firestorm, with both Barack Obama and Jeb Bush weighing in on the controversial dish. During her chat with Helen and Greg, Melissa gives the full story behind Pea GuacamoleGate,...

Duration: 01:02:11

3.4: How Tim Ferriss Taught Himself to Cook

Tim Ferriss built his career on finding the sweet spot between effort and outcome. The podcaster and bestselling writer — you probably know him from The Four-Hour Workweek or The Four-Hour Chef — uses his books as opportunities to teach himself how to be a better human being, whether it’s holding his breath for 4 minutes, or searing a perfect steak. Tim stopped by the Upsell studios to chat with Helen about his relationship with fine dining, the path that led him to writing a cookbook, and...

Duration: 00:49:40

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