Off the Record with The Sporting Chef and Michelle

Off the Record with The Sporting Chef and Michelle

Off the Record with Scott Leysath, The Sporting Chef, and Michelle Scheuermann. This is not another outdoor cooking show - or frankly, any outdoor show as we dive into how to prepare wild game and give inside knowledge to the outdoor industry - all while drinking wine during the podcast - which gets a little dicey...


April 12, 2023 40 mins

Tommy Gomes, the Fishermonger, is the most important person on Outdoor Channel - or so Scott and Michelle say. Season three of "The Fishmonger" starts in May, 2023. They talk about: State of Jefferson, Windmill farms, Right whales, Tunaville Market, Season 3, Dry-aged fish, Flavor profiles, Michelle’s got attitude, Fish sausage, Wrench and Rodent, Catfish Shocker.

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Meet the host of "Ranch America:" River Klass. Ranch America is produced by Scott Leysath and debuts on Outdoor Channel on March 6. He, Scott Leysath and Michelle discuss Cows, Rodeos, Horses, Michelle and the FFA,  Cheyenne Frontier Days, Gas Station Sushi (just don't do it), Stemple Creek Beef, Calaveras Cowgirl Beef, Wyoming Cowboy Cuts, Amish Cattle and Shocked Balls.

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Scott & Michelle discuss stree-free holiday cooking (we do this to ourselves), how corn venison, duck, or really, anything and Scott gives the latest updates on Ranch America, The Fishmonger, Dead Meat and Sporting Chef TV series. Oh, and cowboys in Hawaii are called paniolos. And for reason, they did a kick out of talking about the second store opening of the Uranus Fudge Factory. 

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Michelle is doing Sober October (why?); Chef Scott is falling apart, why Hallmark Channel is the best; remember Paul James? and Michelle gives a preview of Birdfest with the Steep Canyon Rangers, South Carolina Waterfowl, V.I.P. Experience in Charleston SC. Plus, Scott shares how The Fishmonger is now famous, how Ranch America is coming along (they've all converted to cowboys) and shooting season 7 (or 8?) of Dead Meat from afar. 


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September 9, 2022 24 mins

Chef Scott Leysath is getting kicked to the curb, a new and improved Sporting Chef is on the deck with Stacy Lyn Harris debuting Sept 19 on Outdoor Channel. And what is Southern cuisine, anyway? Also, we discuss Alaska's Talon Lodge, that time Michelle caught a King Salmon during spawning... the path of least resistance, Jamie Oliver, grow your own, and watch The Sporting Chef on

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What’s up with Dead Meat and Ranch America, food snobs, wine snobs, Giardia three-way, off-limits critters, eating skunk and going deep in a cow’s rear end.

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May 24, 2022 35 mins

Folks, Michelle and Scott have returned. They discuss season 2 of "The Fishmonger," new series "Ranch America," high cost of travel, being on TV, Horses vs. ATVs, Michelle tells a sad story, surf scoters, the Salton Sea freakshow, New host of the Sporting Chef, Big Cedar Lodge, Tunaville Market,, Lucie Cardet and Michelle speaks French and she’s still a wine snob (but she doesn’t m...

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An episode loaded with fascinating & funny stories from hunting & fishing trips near & far as Camp Chef's Brooks Hanson spills the beans on Scott Leysath. Also, they talk about a huge influencer in the food network world, but we can't say his name.

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December 8, 2021 36 mins

Corey Meyer and Charlie Pehrson could not find the gun safe they wanted, so they built it. The beauty of Steelhead Outdoors safes is their modular components. If you move, you can take it with you. Use code MELISSA to save money. Two people, two wrenches, two hours and you have a safe that you can take down and move again if need be.

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August 20, 2021 36 mins

What are the odds that someone opposed to hunting becomes an adult-onset hunter? Slim, indeed... but meet our guest, Keng Yang, who found a love of hunting and traditions thanks to getting a dog. If you are a dog lover, this is the episode for you.

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Interested in POMA where Keng and Michelle met? Learn more: 

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Chef Scott & Michelle remind us that hunting season's comin' so it's time to empty your freezer of last year's game and fish. Grind things up to make burgers, fish cakes and more tasty meals. Without any warning at all, they take several tangents including whether people from California are ruining every state, not just Montana & Colorado. Controversy, speculation, and just the right amount of great cooking advice!

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Fascinating insights into the outdoor TV biz and more as Scott asks Michelle about her life in and out of the outdoor industry, specifically at Sportsman Channel. They talk about what is really takes to get into outdoor TV (e.g. a lot of work) and is it truly worth it? Plus, Michelle tries to dissect when did Scott stop eating his own food on national TV? And even though this podcast is supposed to be about Michelle, there’s a lot ...

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Fabulous & well-spoken game chef John McGannon joins Scott & Michelle for a show loaded with cooking tips, and Scott lets it slip that he owns 2 e-bikes. Mayhem ensues.

Plus, Chef John shares how to properly cook a wild turkey and why you never cook your birds as a whole - different parts require different methods of cooking.

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How did Michael David Winery, out of Lodi, Cali., get named the American Winery of the Year in 2020? A lot of time, hard work and family dedication. Listen in as Kevin Phillips, VP of Something at Michael David Winery, shares how his family started the vineyard in the ‘80’s, created a monster brand with “7 Deadly Zins” (which eventually sold to Constellation Brands) and that life is actually really good in Lodi. BTW – that’s Scott ...

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Have you ever woken up and forgot where you are? And what you are hunting that day? It happens if you travel as the host and producer of an award-winning TV series for more than 300 days out of the year, just like Melissa Bachman of Winchester Deadly Passion. Melissa joins Scott and Michelle to talk about her turkey hunting season so far (it is going well), how to cook food in a bison stomach (Scott was super interested in this), a...

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Cut through snooty wine talk! (And the banter between Elizabeth, Scott and Michelle BEFORE the recording is almost better than when they decided to be "official.") 

Guest Elizabeth Schneider, creator of Wine for Normal People (podcast, book and website of the same name) joins Scott & Michelle. Elizabeth talks about how she got her start into the wine business – which was kind of a rocky start. Of course,...

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Brad Fenson can’t leave Canada and we can’t get to him – so let’s podcast! Brad is part outdoor communicator, part fish & game manager, and 100 percent conservationist, and he loves to go ice fishing. What else do you do in Canada in the winter? He gives tips on becoming an outdoor writer and his best recipe for cooking a simple venison dish. And Scott shares how wild game recipe groups on Facebook actually don’t know what they are...

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March 21, 2021 33 mins

Chef John McGannon of WildEats.Com is our special guest today. He and Scott refer to themselves as “Grumpy Old Chefs” and Michelle isn’t hating it. In fact, John’s tombstone will read “the dry age guy,” and Scott’s will read “the brine guy.” They discuss the rise of the wild game food influencer and they always complicate something that isn’t that complicated. Oh, and it is never the Chef’s fault. (sarcastic tone). And pro tip: the...

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February 26, 2021 39 mins

A lot of people thought we wouldn't make it past Season One, but look at us now! 

(Actually, Scott and Michelle didn't think they'd make it past season one...)

One of our most popular eps from Season 1 was just about wild game cooking hacks (eps 5) so we asked our audience for their best & worst cooking advice - and Scott shares his very simple advice for cooking wild game. (Don't soak it in buttermilk, to begin). And how sometimes...

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What's it like to grow so many grapes you only use 1% of them to make your own wine? Ryan Newkirk of Steinbeck Vineyard is first and foremost a farmer of the Paso Robles land, who actually enjoys the two “b’s” – beer and bourbon. But he knows his stuff when it comes to wines. He shares why Paso wines can be drank “sooner” than other regions due to the weather and soil. Plus, Scott and Ryan discuss deer management at the winery (say...

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