Citizen Chef with Tom Colicchio

Citizen Chef with Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio has issues with food! Citizen Chef is about what we eat, where and who it comes from, and the politics, decisions, policies and people that shape our food system – with the goal of turning curious listeners into more informed, engaged citizens. Restaurateur, activist and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio dives into food and policy issues with lawmakers, journalists and food producers by connecting the dots of how our food system really works – and really doesn’t – all while remaining positive and presenting attainable solutions to some of the biggest food issues out there.

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September 23, 2021 38 min

We’re closing out the season with a look at “True Cost Accounting.” There is a growing movement to include “true cost accounting” or TCA when considering the cost of food -- which can be far more than what you pay in a supermarket. 

Our guest today, food journalist and The Farm Report host Lisa Held is quite familiar with that report and cited it in her article for Civil Eats entitled “Can Accounting for the True Cost of Food Change...

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Tom and Food Research and Action Center Ellen Vollinger and Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern discuss the historic permanent increase to the decades-old Thrifty Food Plan coming in October 2021.

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August 19, 2021 26 min

Tom talks with food critic and A Hungry Society Podcast host Korsha Wilson about supporting black culinary artists and relishing American dining experiences.

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Tom and Giving Kitchen co-founder Jen Hidinger-Kendrick discuss the state of mental health in the restaurant industry, how the pandemic has added pressure and hardship to some circumstances, and what Giving Kitchen does to support people in the restaurant industry. We learn how Giving Kitchen reaches food service workers, and discuss common issues affecting an industry that offers a comfort to so many.

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Tom talks with Hudson Valley Seed Company Co-Founder and Creative Director Ken Greene about heirlooms, seed sovereignty and how seeds reflect human history.

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Tom and Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon discuss the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and have a wide-ranging discussion about where legislation around environment and food intersect.

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Reclaiming the food you threw away and up cycling it into nutrient-dense animal feed.

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Tom Colicchio and Bowery Farming's Irving Fain discuss the future of the food supply chain. Tom spotlights how the visionary's food company uses indoor farming technologies to grow nutritious food in a water-saving, pesticide-free environment. And they're not just growing food at Bowery Farming, they're also fostering avenues for people across the Northeast region and beyond to access and enjoy an array of tasty bio...

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Sometimes our neighborhood eateries make us gather beyond the meal. In this episode, Pinky Cole of Slutty Vegan ATL joins Tom to talk about her plant-based pursuit of doing just that despite the pandemic.

The entrepreneur and philanthropist explains how her suite of expanding vegan dining experiences feeds food insecure communities, and even fights for equal voting rights with a Side Heaux and fries.

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Welcome back from a long holiday! Chef Andrea Drummer is the woman behind The Original Cannabis Cafe in West Hollywood, which is the first cafe in that city licensed to serve cannabis along with its menu. We’re going to talk to her about pioneering a new segment of the two industries, and how exactly one orchestrates pairings that feel more like ordering from a sommelier as opposed to a liquor store. We also talk to Senator Kim Jac...

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Kathleen Merrigan was the United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture from 2009 to 2013 and is now the Executive Director at Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University. She is an advocate for organic farming, worked with former First Lady Michelle Obama on the Let’s Move campaign, and while working at the USDA she shaped the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative. Not only is Dr. Merrigan the pe...

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Welcome back to Citizen Chef! After wrapping last season, Tom Colicchio has been working tirelessly with the Independent Restaurant Coalition to lobby for funding to help save our restaurants. This week, catches up with one of the key allies of the bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. They discuss why the money is necessary to revitalizing the restaurant industry and how it will help our neighborhoods bounce back from losses...

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May 7, 2021 1 min

Chef Tom Colicchio (Top Chef) is back with conversations about the policies that shape how the U.S. food system works. Join Tom as we head into the summer with fresh takes on the future of farming, the restaurant industry and access to nutritious food during a pandemic.

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April 30, 2021 19 min

Citizen Chef will be back soon!

Chef and food activist Tom Colicchio and executive producer Christopher Hassiotis catch up on the long year behind us and the work ahead.

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Hey, Citizen Chefs! In case you missed it, here's a replay of Tom's guest appearance on iHeartRadio's Why I'm Voting podcast. Take a listen and don't forget to vote on election day 2020!

If you want to change, preserve, or build a better America, there’s one easy way to make your voice heard: Vote. This year, iHeartRadio is teaming up with over 20 incredible celebrities (plus a handful of our most popular podcast...

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September 2, 2020 21 min

In early March, slim pickings on grocery store shelves, news of meat plant shutdowns, skyrocketing demand for food bank services, predictions of supply chain breakdown and food shortages drove many Americans to do what we haven't collectively done since WWII: plant home gardens. Tom checks in with journalist Morgan Levey about the boom in seed sales and interest in home gardening.

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August 20, 2020 39 min

Tom Colicchio talks with "Free for All: Fixing School Food in America" author, Dr. Janet Poppendieck about the history and future of school lunch programs.

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August 12, 2020 47 min

What do chefs and the food industry owe black Americans? Tom Colicchio talks with chef and historian Michael Twitty about the effects of racist systems on American foodways and how food and culinary history could be addressed through the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.

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Americans aren't hungry because of drought or famine. Some say Americans are hungry because there isn't political will to make sure everyone is fed. How did we get here? In this episode, Tom Colicchio adds a chapter in his food policy primer season. He's joined by Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, who provides a short lesson in U.S. nutrition assistance programs and the future of fighting food insecurity in America...

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July 30, 2020 16 min

Tom chats with food and agriculture journalist Leah Douglas about the role of corporate concentration in the food system. Since April 2020, Douglas has mapped outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers at meat packing and meat processing plants across the nation. They discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought longstanding concerns around health and safety in meat processing plants to light.

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