Wolf It Down with Tyler Florence

Wolf It Down with Tyler Florence

Tyler Florence is on the hunt for the best stories, recipes, and people in the food world.... Show More

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October 30, 2017

When the Northern California wildfires broke out on October 8, it was the first responders who became the immediate heroes. Firefighters battled the blazes in 36 hour shifts, while some of their own houses burned around them.

In this episode, Tyler, his wife Tolan and their children Dorothy and Hayden cook white bean chicken chili for their local firefighters and serve it to those fresh off a shift. Some tell their stories while ot...

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October 17, 2017

NBC correspondent Katy Tur had a front row seat to the circus that was the 2016 campaign. Her new book, Unbelievable, recounts every crazy detail, from the rally cries of fake news to the packets of peanut butter she ate as her main sustenance. In this episode, Tyler (admittedly a political junkie) chats with Tur about all of it, from her thoughts on Trump culture to her baking skills.

 

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October 7, 2017

They say it takes a village, and never is that more true than when shooting an entire cookbook in three days flat.  With his hands in so many pots this week, Tyler turns the mic over to producer Amanda Gold to introduce the team -- and get their stories, backgrounds and impressions of the boss -- as they go behind the scenes during the shoot.  In between, Tyler talks through some of his favorite recipes in the fourth installment of...

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September 28, 2017

School has been back in session for a few weeks now, and that means we’re thinking a lot about school lunch. This week, Tyler checks out what’s happening with the midday meal both inside California and elsewhere in the country, from the most well-funded private programs to  government-subsidized public ones. This is about the people who pour their energy into making sure kids are well fed, and who understand the correlation betwee...

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September 15, 2017

Tyler heads down to the LA food and wine festival, where he catches up with several of Southern California's best chefs. As a party goes on in the tasting tent behind him, Tyler pulls aside everyone from Antonia Lafosa and Jon Shook to Evan Funke, Brian Malarkey and Nguyen Tran to hear about LA's dynamic food scene. And don't miss some amazing words from Wyclef Jean at the end.

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September 9, 2017

With thousands of people creating recipe content on social media every day, it seems we're always waiting for "the next big thing." But as Tyler begins to prepare for his next cookbook, he wonders how difficult it is for recipe creators to truly come up with something new. To answer this question, he calls upon Senior Food and Wine editor Justin Chapple, who spends his days coming up with "mad genius tips" for h...

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Tyler heads to film with the Food Network in New York City, where he sits down with restaurateur Drew Nieporent. From Montrachet and Nobu on the East Coast to Rubicon on the West, from celebrity partners to unknown chefs, Drew's restaurant experiences and connections are vast and deep, and his memories plentiful. In an industry where the chef has become the more well-known face of the restaurant, Drew - as the front of the hous...

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The kitchen is one of the last rooms in the smart home to get a makeover, but intelligent cooking devices are now popping up on the scene in a big way. In this episode, Tyler talks to the people behind Hestan Cue (including Stanley Cheng, the king of cookware who presides over Hestan) and Chefsteps, two companies that have brought their smart devices to market and are already changing the way people cook in the kitchen of the futu...

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A few years ago, news of the honeybee demise was a major topic of conversion. And for good reason - without bees, we were told, there would potentially be no civilization.  While extracting the Spring/Summer honey from his home hives, Tyler takes the opportunity to get up to speed on the situation - plus lots of other information on bee colonies and stewarding - from his bee rancher Mike Vigo.  He also chats with almond farmer Vinc...

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Tyler is winding down his epic southern tour with a stop in one of his favorite cities, Nashville.  Though it’s known first for its country music, the city has exploded in recent years with interesting restaurants and talented chefs.

First up, a dose of history -- and heat -- at Prince’s Hot Chicken.  Then, he’ll kick back at Catbird Seat, where chef Ryan Poli is creating some seriously inventive food.  And finally, he’ll brave a l...

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Tyler’s tour of the south continues as he hops in the car for a trip from Pensacola, Florida to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Along the way, he takes a few detours, first into Fairhope and Mobile, and then to Birmingham.   

He’ll sample beignets and panini, some of the best soul food institutions in the south -- and hear the stories that go along with them -- and finally, he’ll try a new open-fire concept from James Beard Award winning che...

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Continuing his tour of the south, Tyler lands this week in Pensacola.  His Food Network show, the Great Food Truck Race, is filming at the Naval Air Station.  While getting a tour of the Blue Angels fleet and Naval Aviation museum, he requests a glimpse of the award-winning mess hall, where he hears about the vast array of interesting meals that are served there daily.

Then, it’s off to a couple of the best seafood spots on this pa...

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Tyler hits the road to film the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race, for which he's the host. First stop? One of the best food cities in America.
In New Orleans, he sits down with the king of Cajun, Donald Link, to get some history and background of the culinary scene. From there, he travels to the coast to meet a fourth-generation shrimper.

 

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In November 2016, California joined several other states in legalizing marijuana. Already, an industry of amazing edibles had been built to serve medical marijuana patients, but now “eating weed” is part of a larger, more out-in-the-open conversation.


In this episode of Wolf it Down, Tyler talks to Rob Weakley of Indus Holdings and Kristi Knoblich Palmer, co-founder of Kiva confections, both of whom are manufacturing upscale packa...

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In the past several years, the world of wine has gotten some new energy, thanks in large part to a generation of millennials that's becoming passionate about the industry. From new packaging to start-up-style wine clubs; from interesting young winemakers to fun marketing tactics, it's no longer all about a point system and expensive grapes.
In this episode, Tyler talks to the guys behind Cooper's Hawk, the largest wine ...

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Every spring, thousands from the food community gather for the James Beard Awards.  Most refer to the event as the Oscars of food, yet for such a significant event, they rarely know much about the man behind the name. 

In this episode, Tyler turns the tables, retelling the story of James Beard and his legacy, as members from the industry that he helped build, and the foundation built in his honor, pay tribute to him. At the end, we...

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April 27, 2017

What starts out as a trip to the tenth anniversary of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival turns into the dinner of a lifetime; a multi-course celebratory meal cooked by the team, coaches and mentors who won the gold medal for the first time ever at this year’s Bocuse D’Or, long considered the culinary Olympics.

From Tyler’s vantage point at a table in the kitchen, he talks to mentors including Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud,...

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In the past two decades, technology has drastically altered every industry, except for food. That's all starting to change.
In this episode, Tyler talks with Rocketspace CEO Duncan Logan and Manuel Gonzalez of Rabobank - who together founded food and ag accelerator Terra - about what to expect in the years to come, from tomatoes that tell a story to the newest superfood to hit American shelves. He'll also get tons of adv...

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April 15, 2017

In the premier episode of Wolf It Down, Tyler Florence takes listeners behind the scenes into his kitchen as he shoots his 15th cookbook.  But he wonders: do people even want to get recipes that way anymore? 

He talks to content producer Amanda Gold on what actually makes a great recipe, and dishes with the producer of Buzzfeed’s wildly popular Tasty videos on the future of food media. 

 

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