Beyond the Plate

Beyond the Plate

Join Andrew “Kappy” Kaplan as he sits down in-person with the world’s culinary elite to explore their journey into the industry, their career ups and downs, and the social impact they have made in their community. Every episode will share inspiring stories and anecdotes of what it means to be in today’s bustling hospitality industry, 15 million employees and growing… Beyond the Plate.

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March 16, 2022 56 min
Jonathan Waxman is one of the most highly regarded chefs in the US and a pioneer of California cuisine. He is most known as the chef/owner of Barbuto in Manhattan’s West Village. We discuss his time as a Ferrari salesman, how he finds his zone in the kitchen, his dream restaurant, how he was instrumental in helping Thomas Keller find the original French Laundry and more. Throughout his career, he has done a tremendous amount of wor...
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Marcus Samuelsson is a chef, restaurateur, author, TV personality and philanthropist. He is behind a number of acclaimed restaurants around the world, including his flagship, Red Rooster Harlem. He’s won multiple James Beard Foundation awards, was champion of Top Chef Masters and Chopped All-Stars and is the head judge of the new show Top Chef Family Style. In this episode, we discuss his journey starting in Ethiopia and what he fe...
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Omar Yeefoon is a Dallas, TX-based bartender, teacher and mentor of the bar industry. His simple, yet nuanced approach to cocktail creation and service has left a mark on many notable bar programs throughout Dallas and beyond. He’s managed award-winning bars, worked in sales and advocacy and opened his own cocktail bar and restaurant, Shoals Sound & Service. Shoals has earned awards such as “Best Cocktail Bar,” “Best Vegan/Vege...
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Tony Abou-Ganim is one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world. He has two cocktail books, hosted TV shows and has his own signature branded line of Modern Mixologist bar tools. Tony has designed signature craft cocktails for multiple stadiums and arenas around the country, most recently Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders. In this episode, we discuss the cocktail that made him fall in love with ba...
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This week, we’re taking a short break from our regular schedule to share a special bonus episode with our friends at Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls, Real Good Fish and Wickles Pickles. Join host, Kappy, in his kitchen as he creates a sandwich combining ingredients from a few of our season’s partners to make a delicious lunch (or dinner). He walks you step-by-step through the recipe so you can literally cook along with him in real tim...
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September 8, 2021 44 min
Ken Oringer is a Boston-based chef and owner of Uni, Toro, Coppa and Little Donkey. His restaurants have consistently received rave reviews including “America’s Best New Restaurants,” “Top 50 Restaurants in America” and Oringer himself earning a James Beard Award for Best Chef Northeast. In this episode, we discuss how he helped lay the groundwork for some of America’s most notable restaurants, why teaching and mentoring the next g...
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Sadé Stamps is a bartender based in Oakland, CA. She has curated various bar programs and is currently doing the beverage consulting for Roux 40, Chef Lala Harrison’s highly anticipated Black heritage restaurant/bar soon to open in Oakland. In this episode, we get a full-on cocktail education centered around her love of mixing drinks and creating flavors that exist through the African diasporas. She walks us through a cocktail that...
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August 25, 2021 33 min
Buddy Valastro is a fourth-generation baker who was born into the business owned & operated by his parents. He grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey in an old-fashioned Italian family. You probably know him from the TLC hit series “Cake Boss,” or from visiting one of his many bakery or restaurant locations. In this episode, we talk about his first job in Carlo’s Bakery at age 11, what it was then like taking over the bakery as a 17 ye...
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Joseph Jebelean is a Miami born and bred bartender. As a student studying biology and chemistry, he washed dishes at P.F. Chang’s until the opportunity arose for him to bartend. We discuss how this experience impacted him and his career in hospitality, what drives his creative process when it comes to naming drinks and how he gives back to the community. Since settling into his calling behind the bar, he has won several cocktail co...
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August 11, 2021 54 min
Tyler Malek is the Co-Founder and Head Ice Cream Maker for the Portland-based Salt & Straw Ice Cream. He has created more than 1,000 flavors, which we’re guessing had something to do with why he was selected as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for “Changing the Way America Eats.” In this episode, we discuss his journey from starting an ice cream cart with his cousin Kim to operating over 20 locations. We touch upon why he is dedicatin...
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This week, we’re taking a short break from our regular schedule to share a special bonus episode featuring our partner, Fords Gin. We’re joined by the man himself, Simon Ford, to hear more about the journey behind the bottle. If you love a good gin & tonic, negroni or martini… you won’t want to miss this episode. And of course it’s not a Beyond the Plate episode if we don’t talk about social impact and how Fords Gin has given b...
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July 28, 2021 50 min
Molly Yeh is a cookbook author, blogger and food TV personality. She is the star of Food Network’s Girl Meets Farm, which celebrates recipes inspired by her Jewish and Chinese heritage with a taste of the Midwest. Yeh is a James Beard Foundation nominee, a daytime Emmy award nominee, an International Association of Culinary Professionals award winner AND has been featured on the coveted Forbes 30 Under 30 list. In this episode, we ...
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Masahiro Urushido is a bartender, Managing Partner and Director of Deliciousness at Katana Kitten, a Japanese-American bar in NYC’s West Village. In 2019, his bar was awarded the titles of Best New American Cocktail Bar and Best New Opening by the World’s 50 Best Bars. That year, they also landed at number 14 in the World’s 50 Best Bars annual ranking. In this episode, Masa walks us through his favorite way to drink gin at home whi...
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July 14, 2021 39 min
Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a celebrated theater, film and TV star. You most likely know him as “Mitchell Pritchett” on the award-winning ABC comedy Modern Family. He hosted the James Beard Awards in 2017 and 2019 and along with co-author Julie Tanous, released his first cookbook Food Between Friends in 2021. In this episode, we discuss growing up in New Mexico, being a father to a one year old and the reason he decided to write a cook...
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Jahdé is a sommelier, bartender and self-proclaimed flavor junkie. In this episode, she walks us through a cocktail popping with green notes. We learn how she is actively working to disrupt the beverage industry from a space of love for people and cultural ownership. Jahdé is involved in her community in a number of ways including being a co-founder of ‘The Ideal Bartender Collective,” serving as co-chair of The Hue Society NY JJL ...
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June 30, 2021 79 min
Nyesha Arrington was the first female finalist of Bocuse d’Or, the world chef championships. She is a chef, tv personality and entrepreneur who started her career working alongside some of the world’s most renowned chefs. In this episode we dive deep into her childhood and family, lessons she learned from closing two celebrated restaurants, her love of mentorship and how and why she gives back to her community. You will see her soo...
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Gaby has been making cocktails for more than twenty years at some of the world’s best bars in the US and UK. Under her direction, her bars have won multiple accolades including “Bar of the Year,” “Best Culinary Cocktail Bar” and “Best Bar Team.” In this episode, the UK native walks us through a conversation with a chef that led her to create this cocktail; blending her love of using culinary ingredients with molecular driven techni...
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June 16, 2021 60 min
Reem Kassis is a Palestinian writer whose work focuses on the intersection of food with culture, history and politics. She grew up in Jerusalem, obtained her undergraduate and MBA degrees from UPenn and Wharton and her MSc in social psychology from the London School of Economics. She is the author of the best-selling and award-winning cookbooks The Palestinian Table and The Arabesque Table. In this episode we discuss her childhood,...
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Meaghan is an award-winning bartender, educator and curator of bar magic! She is responsible for creating some of the most celebrated bar programs at multiple NYC bars including Raines Law Room, Raines Law Room at the William Hotel, Dear Irving and Dear Irving on Hudson. In this episode, she walks us through one of her favorite seasonal gin cocktails, the Pearl Collins. Additionally, she has done work to benefit No Kid Hungry and C...
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June 2, 2021 70 min
Geoffrey Zakarian’s cooking career has spanned over 30 years having cooked in some of the greatest restaurants in the world. While he very well may be your Saturday morning entertainment on Food Network’s The Kitchen, in this episode we discuss his journey from Boston to France, and the moment that kickstarted his obsession with dining in Michelin-starred restaurants at a young age (which later turned into his love of being in the ...
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