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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.




How José Andrés Is Helping Feed Puerto Rico

On today's episode of the Upsell, Eater's resident José Andrés expert Monica Burton stops by to chat with Amanda and Dan about all the ways Andrés is being a super hero in Puerto Rico. 0:00 What José is up to in Puerto Rico. 9:00 Best of José Andrés episode. Original air date: 03/27/2017 Donate to World Central Kitchen here Update: Read Monica's latest José Andrés coverage ~~~ José Andrés is the chef that helped America fall in love with tapas. Now, he runs an empire of some 26...

Duration: 00:35:32

Best Of: Anthony Bourdain

Don't ask Anthony Bourdain to limit himself to other people's assumptions. It's been sixteen years since Kitchen Confidential blew up the food world; in the time since, he's built a career as a full-time expectation-upending maverick. Bourdain's books, television shows — and his not insignificant renegade charisma — have catapulted him into the kind of badass cross-genre celebrity that results in bros geeking out over him (though he doesn’t love that) and fans accosting him in the bathroom...

Duration: 00:35:12

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

Best of TV: Carla Hall and Ted Allen

Welcome to our second Best Of episode: Best of TV (hosted by Amanda Kludt and Daniel Geneen). 5:00 Carla Hall interview 22:10 Amanda and Dan talk Queer Eye 26:30 Ted Allen interview ~~~ Carla Hall is a badass, culinarily and otherwise. The two-season Top Chef finalist, host on ABC’s The Chew and cookbook author drops some major wisdom on this week’s episode of the Eater Upsell, chatting with hosts Greg and Helen about about food shaming, catchphrases, fighting for exposure, and racial...

Duration: 00:47:50

Best Of Science: Kenji and Nathan Myhrvold

Welcome to the first Best of the Upsell! hosted by Amanda Kludt and Daniel Geneen (aka apdan). 2:00 Amanda ate at Vespertine!! 6:30 J. Kenji López-Alt interview 32:00 Amanda and Dan talk about Dan being weird with guests 38:00 Nathan Myhrvold interview After getting his start in restaurant and test kitchens in Boston, Kenji created The Food Lab, a column on Serious Eats dedicated to lassoing the laws of science and riding them to home cooking success every time. In the subsequent six...

Duration: 00:59:37

(Ep 65) Jay McInerney Was Almost The NYT Restaurant Critic

Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and the recent Bright, Precious Days, was already a successful novelist when he started writing about wine more than two decades ago. This may be why his columns for House & Garden, the Wall Street Journal, and currently, Town & Country stand out from other writing on the subject and have been published as standalone volumes. On this week’s Eater Upsell, McInerney chats with Helen and Greg about possibly setting off the rosé craze, the...

Duration: 01:06:03

(Ep 64) Why Bother With a Homemade Oreo? (BraveTart Author Stella Parks)

Stella Parks spent six years developing the recipes for BraveTart. In the cookbook, the pastry chef, who has a blog of the same name, bakes iconic American desserts and delves into their histories. Listen as she chats with Helen and Greg about trying to recapture childhood food memories, what she’s learned from McDonald’s apple pie, and her running theory for why Oreos are called Oreos.

Duration: 00:52:06

(Ep 63) The Relationship Between Wall Street Money and NYC Restaurants (Billions Creator Brian Koppelman)

Brian Koppelman loves restaurants, a fact that he’s made eminently clear as co-creator of the Showtime series Billions. On this week’s Upsell, the screenwriter and podcast host talks to Helen and Greg about why he admires chefs and what the audience can learn by paying close attention to the restaurants featured on the show.

Duration: 01:00:26

(Ep 61) How Smoked Brisket Became the Best Food in the World (Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ)

Aaron Franklin is the pitmaster behind Franklin Barbecue, the Austin barbecue restaurant that has had Texans and tourists lining up since it opened in 2009. Despite the high demand, Franklin is adamant about never opening up a second location, and on this week’s episode, he chats with hosts Helen and Greg about why that’s the case and how he’s expanding his business in a different way.

Duration: 01:03:20

(Ep 61) Is Houston the Best Food City in America? (Chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly)

Chris Shepherd is one of Houston’s most ambitious chefs. In 2012, he opened Underbelly, which highlights Houston’s diversity with cuisines pulled from its various cultures, and in January, he launched One Fifth, a restaurant that closes each year to reemerge with a totally new concept and cuisine. Right now, it’s a steak house. Next year, the theme will be “romance languages,” and in its third year, One Fifth will take on seafood. Shepherd sat down with hosts Helen Rosner and Greg...

Duration: 01:12:09

(Ep 60) Where to Find the Best Lobster Rolls in the World (Amy Traverso, Editor of Yankee Magazine)

Amy Traverso, editor of Yankee Magazine and co-host of Weekends with Yankee, decided on the best lobster roll only after driving all over Maine in an RV. Listen as Amy talks to Helen and Greg about why lettuce is the villain of the lobster roll, some truly awful restaurant names, and why she hates Jimmy Buffett.

Duration: 01:07:16

(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

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