flavors unknown podcast

flavors unknown podcast

We take you behind the scenes of trending kitchens and bars. A podcast for kitchen and bar professionals, foodies and wannabe foodies.

Episodes

February 13, 2024 50 mins
Today, I’m talking to chef Jose Carles, the creative mind behind Venice’s newest restaurant, Si! Mon. Carles is originally from Panama, where he ran Donde Jose and currently operates Fonda Lo Que Hay in bustling Panama City. You’ll hear about his early start in the kitchen and the encouragement his family provided to get him on the professional culinary path. You’ll learn about the diverse influences that come together to make up P...
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Today, I’m talking to chef Rico Torres from Mixtli in San Antonio, TX. Born and raised in El Paso, the vast desert landscapes helped inspire his creativity. His proximity to the border of Mexico fed his love for south of the border culinary traditions, made evident through the food he dishes up at Mixtli. You’ll hear how he embraces his Mexican cultural roots in the food he creates, and how he cleverly weaves the history of the peo...
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Today, I’m talking to Chef Gavin Kaysen. He’s the executive chef and owner of several Minneapolis hotspots, including Spoon and Stable, Bellecour Bakery, Demi, Socca, and Mara. Kaysen was a 2018 recipient of the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef.You’ll hear about his early love for his grandmother’s dishes, how they inspired him to become a chef, and where to find those recipes. He shares his experiences growing and learn...
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Today, I’m sharing a panel discussion dedicated to the art of perfect pizza. With me are Chef RobertAndreozzi from Marvin Pizza in Providence, RI, Chef Derrick Tung from Paulie Gee's in Logan Square in Chicago, and Chef Demetri Mechelis from Martha Dear in Washington DC.You’ll hear how they first became interested in pizza-making, and they each share the individual paths that led them to the pizza business.You’ll learn the secrets ...
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Today, I’m sharing a recent panel discussion that took place in the thriving culinary scene of Austin, Texas. I was joined by Chef Fiore Tedesco of L'Oca D'Oro, Chef Fermin Nunez of Suerte and Este, Chef Philip Speer of Comedor, Chef Amanda Turner of Olamaie, Bartender Erin Ashford of Holiday.You’ll hear about the local restaurant scene in Austin and the community-driven aspects that make it unique. You’ll learn about the local ing...
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This is the Best Chefs' Stories episode of the 'Flavors Unknown' podcast, as we celebrate a milestone - episode 150 alongside, 100,000 episode downloads, and the one-year anniversary of my book, “Conversations Behind The Kitchen Door.” This special edition is a journey into the culinary world, highlighting big themes like Heritage and Influences, Childhood Memories, Sources of Inspiration, and Cooking Techniques. We delve into the ...
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Today, I'm featuring Talat Market and chef Parnass Savang. He’s the co-founder of Talat Market in Atlanta. As a first-generation Thai-American, he’s learned to blend his cultural background in the form of unique and flavorful dishes that he describes as Georgian Thai.You’ll hear about when he first fell in love with Thai food and how he began to find connections between his cultural roots and his southern upbringing. He talks about...
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Today, I’m talking to chef Vikram Garg from UMI by Vikram Garg, located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Raised in India, Garg was trained in the French-style of culinary arts, providing him with the knowledge of classic techniques. With influences from Japan, the Middle East, Scandinavia, and Hawaii, he seamlessly merges international influences with the bounty of the sea to bring guests a Michelin-level dining experience. You’ll hear about t...
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Today, I’m talking to Grace Lin, author of Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods. In her book, Lin explores the fascinating stories behind some of the most common and delectable favorites of Chinese cuisine paired with vivid illustrations. You’ll hear how she came up with the idea for this unique book, and the important roles the fortune cookie and the pandemic played in its conceptualization. You...
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5  Providence Restaurants. Today, I’m sharing a panel discussion I had with 5 of Rhode Island’s finest culinary professionals at the Star Chef’s event in Providence. Chef Derek Wagner from Nick’s on Broadway in Providence, Chef Eric Brown from Thick Neck at The Dean Hotel in Providence, Chef Kevin O'Donnell from Giusto in New Port, Chef Nick Gillespie at Dune Brothers Seafood in Providence, and Bartender Jesse Hedberg at Pizza Marv...
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Today, I'm diving into the Bold Fork Books Chef Panel discussion, organized by co-owner Clementine Thomas, co-owner of the Bold Fork Books bookstore in Washington DC. Joining me are Chef Matt Conroy from Lutèce in DC and Chef Opie Crooks from FARM Hospitality Group in Savannah, Georgia.Listen in as these culinary professionals share their initial reactions to my book, Conversations Behind the Kitchen Door. Through their insights, d...
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In this captivating episode, we dive deep with the illustrious James Beard Award-nominated Chef Michael Gallina. At the helm of St. Louis's Vicia restaurant, Michael crafts seasonal, vegetable-centric dishes, epitomized in his signature 3-course Farmers Feast. Journey with us as we explore Vicia's underlying philosophy, the forces that continually reinvent its menu, and the core values driving Take Root Hospitality Group. Plus, dis...
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In this episode, I’m talking to Will Guidara. He’s the man responsible for turning New York’s Eleven Madison Park into the number one restaurant in the world. Guidara put his passion onto paper with the publishing of his book Unreasonable Hospitality.You’ll hear about his commitment to “radical hospitality” and hear real world examples of how he has applied it, as well as how he has inspired and empowered his team to do the same. H...
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Today, I’m talking to Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan. You might recognize her from The Food Network where she provides culinary insight to aspiring chef on Chopped . As a successful Nashville restauranteur, she’s known and admired for her uniquely global Indian culinary style.You’ll hear about her early life and career and the key influences behind her signature modern Indian cooking. She shares stories from her childhood in India a...
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This episode features Top Chef Interviews with 5 culinary professionals in a panel discussion for Symrise in Portland, Oregon, during the StarChefs event. We’ll hear from Chef Bonnie Morales of Kachka, Chef Matt Mayer of Heavenly Creatures, Chef Kyle Christy of Street Disco, Bartender Katsumi Manabe of Scotch Lodge, and Pastry Chef Tara Lewis of Tusk. You’ll hear what shaped the professional backgrounds of these culinary creators a...
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Today, I’m talking to Chef Edgar Rico. He’s the creative force behind the magic at Nixta Taqueria, located in Austin, Texas. In 2022, Rico was bestowed with the prestigious James Beard Award Best Emerging Chef. The same year, he also made the Time Magazine list of 100 Most Influential People. You’ll hear about his culinary journey from California to Texas and learn from his expertise of Mexican cuisine. He shares the influences tha...
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Today, I’m talking to Chef Rick Lopez about Mexican cuisine. The recent James Beard Award nominee is the creative force behind La Condesa in Austin, Texas. He grew up in San Antonio and, through his food, honors the traditions of his Mexican heritage. You’ll hear about his early start in the kitchen as he traces his memories back to his childhood. He explores how his Mexican heritage has shaped his culinary style and talks about th...
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Today, I’m talking to Chef Jacques Pépin, a veritable culinary superstar whose career spans over seven decades. From his early days working in his family's restaurant in France, his love for cooking took him across the globe. His resume includes everything from serving as a presidential chef to receiving the Legion of Honor, France’s highest order of merit. You’ll hear about his very early start in the industry in the family resta...
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Today, I’m talking to Chef Jeff McInnis, the mastermind behind some of Miami’s best restaurants. His unique style of cooking artfully blends traditional southern-style food with globally inspired twists. He’s the creative force behind Yardbird, Root & Bone, Stiltsville Bar, Mi'Talia Kitchen, and Roots Coastal Kitchen.You’ll hear how his farming roots inspired his culinary journey, and how this James Beard nominated chef harmonizes ...
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Today, I’m talking to Chef Derek Wagner, owner of Nicks  On Broadway in Providence, Rhode Island. He’s known for his philosophy of nose to tail cooking, his creative ability to transform whole animals into delicious, inspired dishes that ignite the taste buds while also reducing food waste. You’ll hear about his childhood memories, his unique approach to food, his ongoing and his commitment to local sourcing  and sustainability. W...
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