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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May 13, 2021 29 min

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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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.

Follow Tom on Twitter and Instagram @tomcolicchio and share what you want to hear with hashtag #CitizenChef.

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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.

Follow Tom on Instagram and Twitter @tomcolicchio and tell us what you want to hear with #CitizenChef.

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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 25 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 42 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 50 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 18 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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July 21, 2020 53 min

Small food suppliers like oyster farmers and cheesemakers are really who set restaurants apart. In most cases, a majority of what they produce is sold to restaurants. But with the pandemic, many restaurants have closed -- and when restaurants close these small businesses are left without a market. Tom Colicchio talks to Peter Stein of Peeko Oysters and Mateo Kehler of Jasper Hill Farms about how they've changed their business m...

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In this stripped-down episode, Tom Colicchio talks to Gerardo Reyes Chavez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers about the work leading towards systemic solutions to end modern-day slavery and put a stop to crimes against growers across the food system.

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Tom Colicchio talks to Dr. Angela Stuesse (Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South) and investigative reporter Alissa Zhu about the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our country's history, and the conditions workers in poultry processing plants often work in.

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June 30, 2020 35 min

Tom Colicchio and Ian Urbina of The New York Times talks about the people behind the fish on your plate and the stories in his book, The Outlaw Ocean.

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In this no-frills episode, Tom Colicchio hands the mic over to two guests whose experiences collecting MRE's in so-called food lines have lead them to careers on the front lines of disaster relief.

First, we hear a first-person account from Blaine Fisher, a Louisiana native and former paramedic who now teaches Emergency Management at Tulane University. We also hear from Keron Bascombe of Tech4Agri, a Trinidad and Tobago-based so...

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Who's making sure people eat during times of disaster? In part one of our episodes looking into disaster relief, World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook joins Tom to examine how our governments respond with food aid in localized catastrophes like we saw in NYC after 9/11 and in global emergencies like COVID-19. They also discuss how to incite lasting change with the FEED Act.


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    June 9, 2020 28 min

    Sure, Chef Tom Colicchio is an Emmy-winning restaurateur but he’s also a food advocate on a mission to improve our food systems. In this first episode, Tom talks about his vision for the show and the way the pandemic has highlighted the delicate and inflexible nature of the American food web.

    Tom calls up friend and food policy go-to, Dr. Marion Nestle (Food Politics) to outline a few of the major issues we'll look into this sea...

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    Tom Colicchio has issues with food! This podcast 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. Led by restaurateur and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio, the podcast delves into policy, labor, hunger, democracy, sustainability, farming, health, social justice, technology and t...

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