Episode 37: Laurent Tourondel, Chef & Owner of L’Amico
A native of France, Chef Laurent Tourondel parlayed his love of food at an early age into a four year program at Saint Vincent Ecole de Cuisine in Montlucon, France where he earned a “d’Aptitude Professionnelle de Cuisinier.” After graduating he received his first post in the kitchen as chef to the Admiral in the French Navy. Following this position he worked at several restaurants in France and then traveled to London where he cooked at the famed Gentleman’s Club, Boodle’s. This was...
Episode 36: Noah Arenstein
Noah Arenstein is a lawyer, cook, writer, and event planner based in Brooklyn, NY. Noah is the owner of El Atoradero Brooklyn and Madre Mezcaleria in Prospect Heights and Taqueria El Atoradero in Gowanus. He also co-founded Real Cheap Eats, which sought out the best food under $10 in NYC, and has written for Serious Eats, Saveur and Thrillist.
Episode 35: Pit Master Hugh Mangum from Mighty Quinn's
This week on The Line, host Eli Sussman is joined in the studio by Hugh Mangum, co-founder and pit master of Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque. Initially a passion project inspired by Mangum’s late father, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque (named after Mangum’s eldest son) defines a distinct brand of New York-style barbeque that slots neatly into the fast-casual industry. Partnering with Christos Gourmos and stepbrother Micha Magid, Mangum grew the business far beyond its humble start at the Smorgasburg...
Episode 34: David Massoni of Three Kings Restaurant Group
David Massoni brings more than twenty years of restaurant experience to the Three Kings Restaurant Group. He started at the age of fifteen working in his parents’ Zagat rated and Wine Spectator award-winning hotel and restaurant, the Imperial Hotel, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This year, the Three Kings Restaurant Group made their first foray into Manhattan, with the openings of Massoni, Barlo and The Heights, all within the ARLO NoMad Hotel. They also added on another Brooklyn outpost,...
Episode 33: Scott Conant
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Scott Conant broke out onto the restaurant scene in his twenties, running the kitchens of famed Italian spots such as il Toscanaccio, Chianti and City Eatery, which earned glowing reviews under his leadership. Conant officially put his name on the map when he opened the beloved L’Impero in 2002. It garnered a three-star review from The New York Times, the title of “Best New Restaurant” from the James Beard Foundation and praise from top...
Episode 32: Chef Tracy Chang
Tracy Chang’s love for the restaurant industry began at an early age at her grandmother’s Japanese restaurant in Cambridge. Her grandmother, Chin-Fun Shiue, immigrated to Boston in the 1980’s and decided to open not only one restaurant, but several. At an early age, Tracy observed her grandmother’s hard work and leadership that created opportunities for other immigrants. Fast forward to today, and Tracy is excited to feed the Cambridge community and continue her grandmother’s legacy at her...
Episode 26: Brian Loiacono
Brian Loiacono grew up in Long Island in a large Italian family where boisterous cooking and eating together were integral practices. Work in local Long Island kitchens during high school spurred him to push his limits, and at age 19, Loiacono began a stage at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, chef Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-starred restaurant in Oxfordshire, England. Loiacono credits this experience with “the ass kicking he needed” as a base for his career, one that spurred him to pursue his...
Episode 22: Jake Dell of Katz's Delicatessen
This week on The Line, host Eli Sussman is joined by Jake Dell, the owner and Vice President of Katz’s Delicatessen, an iconic Jewish deli established in 1888, which the Dell family purchased in 1988. After growing up in the restaurant industry, Jake Dell officially joined the business in late 2009 and is currently in charge of all major operations. Since 2009, Jake has worked to modernize the 130-year-old deli’s systems and processes while continuing to maintain the old world feel and...
Episode 18: Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja
This week on The Line, host Eli Sussman is joined by Ayesha Nurdjaja, the executive chef at Hundred Acres, Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer’s farm-to-table restaurant in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, where she serves a newly revamped menu of enticing Mediterranean dishes that highlight local, seasonal ingredients. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ayesha is the daughter of an Indonesian father and Italian mother. Growing up, she was always inspired by her father’s cooking and his use of exotic...
Episode 15: Chef Eduardo Sandoval of Tygershark
This week on The Line, host Eli Sussman is joined by Chef Eduardo Sandoval of Tygershark in Prospect Heights. Tune in to follow the line of Sandoval's career, from growing up in Texas to serving Korean classics with Latin American flair in Brooklyn.