Have You Eaten Yet?

Have You Eaten Yet?

Preparing, serving and eating food is sacred. The entire process from concept to reality is an artform….often with synchronistic moments woven in between. We all experience a different journey when it comes to food. But what about looking at the path of a chef? These professionals are taking part in this sacred practice daily and on a high stakes level. The energy is heightened for them. It’s at this level that deep & profound life lessons are learned. Universal lessons that can help all of us navigate life. Are there shared beliefs among those who have been through life’s toughest moments? In Have You Eaten Yet, host Kassata Bollman talks with chefs from around the world about their journey to the present moment. It’s through these open and honest conversations that some of the best chefs in the world explain how they overcome challenges, connect with a deeper sense of self and navigate life.


May 6, 2022 137 min

This Episode Features Chef Will Goldfarb. 

He Joins Us From Ubud  Bali.

Currently He’s Chef & Owner Of Room 4 Dessert.

He’s Also An Author.  His 2018 Book Is Also Called Room For Dessert.

From Being The First American To Work At  El Bulli….

To The First Pastry Chef To Be Profiled In The New Yorker….. 

And Most Recently Earning A Spot On The World’s 50 Best Restaurant’s List In 2021….Taking Home The Prize Of The World’s Best Pastry Ch...

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This Episode Features Chef Jorge Guzmán.
He Joins Us From Minneapolis.

Currently He’s Chef & Owner Of  Petite León.
He Also Owns & Runs Pollo Pollo Al Carbon.
He’s Also A Partner And Executive Chef Of A Fine Dining Mexican Restaurant Called Sueño In Dayton Ohio.

Guzmán’s Style Of Cooking Is Progressive, Drawing From Many Traditions Not Limited To But Including French, Spanish, African, And Middle Eastern.

Time Spent At His Grandm...

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New Episode With Chef Ben Shewry.

He Joins Us From Melbourne Australia.

Currently He’s Chef & Owner Of Attica.

From Three Hats In The Good Food Guide To A Spot On The World’s 50 Best Restaurant’s List, Attica Has Had Many Accolades.

And While Awards Are Nice, They Don’t Even Begin To Compare To The Life Lessons 

That Chef Shewry Has Learned On His Journey……Lessons That He’s Kind Enough To Share With Us Today.

We Discuss:

✅ The Emotion...

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New Episode With Chef Ruben Rodriguez. 

He Joins Us From Manhattan.

Currently He’s Chef & Owner Of East Village Tapas Restaurant Nai.

He Also Owns The Mexican-Inspired Spot Amigo By Nai.

And He’s Currently In The Process Of Launching Cafe Emilia…A Vegetable And Seafood Focused Restaurant And 

Kobo…..Which Is Mediterranean Inspired.

He Grew Up In Spain. In Fact His Parents Owned Restaurants And Were Involved In The Food World There.


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New Episode w/ Chef Zack Wangeman.

Chef Wangeman is Chef & Owner Of The Brooklyn Tortilla Brand And Cafe Sobre Masa And His Restaurant Sobre Masa Tortilleria. 

Forbes Magazine Named Wangeman As One Of Their 2022 30 Under 30 People To Watch In The Food World.

He Grew Up In Oaxaca Mexico And It’s That Upbringing That Shapes His Cuisine.

We Discuss:

Masa, Heirloom Corn, And The Small Family Farms In Mexico Growing This Corn.

We Also Tal...

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New Episode w/ Chef Ji Hye Kim.

Chef Kim is the Chef & Owner of Miss Kim In Ann Arbor Michigan.

Food & Wine Magazine Named Kim As A Best New Chef In 2021.

She Grew Up In South Korea And It’s That Upbringing That Shapes Her Cuisine.

We Discuss:

✅ Using History To Break Stereotypical Ideas: 

What It's Like Deep Diving…. Into Historical Cookbooks…& Piecing Together All That Research…. And Those Classic Flavors… Onto A Curren...

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Chef Tarell Mcintosh is the Chef & Owner of Sugarcane London.

Today We’ll Be Discussing:

  • Taking a chance: What It's Like To Bootstrap A Restaurant 
  • First Impressions: What It Takes To Get Customers Into That New Restaurant
  • Creating Culinary Opportunities For Children Of All Backgrounds
  • Connections: How Being Open And Honest Even In Your Most Vulnerable Moment Can Lead To Chance Encounters
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    Today My Guest Is Chef Jamie Lee.

    He​ Joins Us From Copenhagen.

    Currently He’s Head Chef Of Fiskebar.

    Today We’ll Be Discussing:

  • Work / Life Balance
  • Copenhagen: Diving Deeper Into That Feeling That  Brought Jamie There And The Moment He Knew The City Connected With Him On A Deeper Level.
  • Also The Future Of Oceans: We’ll Discuss An Op-Ed Piece About The Fishing Industry That Jamie Wrote Earlier This Year.
  •  And Staging A.K.A Unpaid Kitchen ...
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    Today my guest is Chef Felipe Donnelly.
    He joins us from Brooklyn where his restaurants Colonia Verde & Disco Tacos  are located.

    Today We’ll Be Discussing:
    - Mantras
    - Breaking out of a creative rut
    - Customers




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    Today my guest is chef & author Yaowadee Chookong.
    She joins us from Chiang Mai Thailand where her restaurant Slow Fish Kitchen is located.
    Her menu is focused on highlighting local seafood & supporting local fishermen.
    Currently Chef Yao is wrapping up her second book titled 'Bring Me Curry When I'm Gone'.
    Today We’ll Be Discussing:
    - Current COVID Situation in Thailand 
    - Thai Food
    - The Slow Food Movement
    - The Net...

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    Today my guest is author and head of The Sourdough School Vanessa Kimbell.
    She joins us from England.

    During this interview Vanessa shares a big announcement about future changes to The Sourdough School. 
    She also announces her upcoming book '10 Minute Sourdough' which will be released in September.

    Today We’ll Be Discussing:
    - Gluten
    - Industrial White Bread
    - The Gut Brain Connection
    - The Fermentation Process
    - Industrial Sourd...

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    Today my guest is Chef and Restaurateur Christian F. Puglisi.
    He joins us from Copenhagen.

    A few months ago he closed two of his restaurants: the Michelin-starred Relae and the natural wine bar Manfreds.

    His three other restaurants remain open. Those include Mirabelle which is a bakery and restaurant, Rudo which specializes in vermouth & bar snacks and Bæst, an Italian restaurant with award-winning pizza.

    Today we’ll be discussing...

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    Today my guest is Michelle Jackson Mannix.
    She's an entrepreneur in the food world.
    She joins us from Brooklyn.
    Today we'll be discussing the ins & outs of owning a restaurant, what it's like to jump into the book publishing world & the future: what's the next big business that's likely to emerge in 2021?



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    Today my guests are Jeff Miller and Yoni Lang, chefs and co-owners of Rosella, a sushi restaurant in the East Village.
    They join us from New York.

    Jeff & Yoni opened Rosella last fall.

    Their team is focused on:
    using local products and utilizing every ounce of an ingredient from start to finish, all with the intention of minimizing food waste.

    We discuss that, opening a restaurant during a pandemic & what New York City is like...

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    January 21, 2021 49 min

    Today my guest is John Seymour, the CEO and restauranteur of Lil’ Sweet Chick.

    He joins us from New York. 

    Like all of us in the restaurant industry, John’s business Sweet Chick, a full-service restaurant took a hit in 2020 due to COVID.

    But despite dining restrictions he jumped into survival mode and transformed all 

    five locations into a new fast casual model.

    We discuss that transition, hip hop, business and how they’re all connected...

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    January 6, 2021 19 min

    Today’s episode is focused on an article from Food & Wine Magazine that came out last week.

    The Article Is Titled:

    ‘The Customer Is Not Always Right.’

    Customer entitlement at restaurants is at an all-time high, making work unsafe and unbearable for many in the industry. 

    The way we think about hospitality needs to change.

    The journalist who wrote this article is Khushbu Shah.


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    Today my guest is Joe Rosenthal.

    He joins us from Minnesota. 

    Joe is the man behind https://www.richardeaglespoon.com/

    The philosophy behind his website is to inspire people to be less stressed about cooking, and at the same time, empower them to make better food.

    Today we’re discussing Prince Street Pizza which is both a NY and LA based pizzeria.

    They’re at the center of an Instagram post that Joe created, which is titled  

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    Nancy Djoric-Kyd Joins Us From Tulum Mexico.

    She Has Been A DJ For Over 20 Years, Playing Sets Of Amazing Old School Deep House Music.

    Plus She Owns & Operates Sup Yoga Tulum, The First And Only Specialized Boga Yoga Floating Studio In The Mayan Riviera: https://www.supyogatulum.com/

    Nancy Has Lived & Worked In Tulum For Nearly 20 Years.

    We Dive Deep Into The Many Issues & The Extreme Beauty & Uniqueness Connected To Tu...

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    Chef Mona Leena Michael joins us from Oakland.
    She’s a Palestinian-American chef who has worked for over a decade at some of the best restaurants in San Francisco.
    She brings those skills to the kitchen & creates a modern twist when it comes to Palestinian cuisine.

    - At the start of 2020 Chef Mona was working at Dyafa.
    - Due to COVID the restaurant closed.
    - Chef Mona took action by starting https://themanaeeshlady.com/
    - Despite ba...

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    Chef Thuy Pham joins us from Portland Oregon.
    Her story is an uplifting one that shows a silver lining In the middle of this pandemic.

    - At the start of 2020 Pham was a hairstylist.
    When COVID hit she wasn’t able to work but she followed her other passion of cooking Vietnamese vegan food.

    - From selling slabs of vegan pork belly to make ends meet to opening a restaurant…she’s had quite a journey…all in less than a year.
    - https://www....

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