The Dave Chang Show

The Dave Chang Show

Dave Chang has a few questions. Besides being the chef of the Momofuku restaurants and the creator and host of Netflix’s 'Ugly Delicious,' Dave is an avid student and fan of sports, music, art, film, and, of course, food. In ranging conversations that cover everything from the creative process to his guest’s guiltiest pleasures, Dave and a rotating cast of smart, thought-provoking guests talk about their inspirations, failures, successes, fame, and identities. ... Show More

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Dave shares his thoughts on which tomatoes taste best in BLT sandwiches (1:46) before sitting down with Elizabeth chef-owner Iliana Regan to discuss her unique culinary vision, maintaining mental health while working in high-pressure environments, and much more (9:23). You can find Regan’s new memoir ‘Burn the Place: A Memoir’ wherever books are sold.

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It’s not often that Dave calls someone his “hyung”—an informal, affectionate Korean word meaning “older brother.” But Dr. Jim Yong Kim, former president of the World Bank Group and Dartmouth College, is one of those people Dave cannot help but call his “hyung.” Dave speaks with the renowned global health leader about their friendship, dealing with racism while growing up as an Asian American, his passion for helping the disadvantag... Read more

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A message from Dave: “Steve Ross, if you're reading this, I implore you to divest from Trump. He is everything we stand against. Please turn your attention to fundraising for gun control and immigration reform.”

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Dave explains why aspiring cooks should not go to culinary school (1:02) and then brings in food critic Jeff Gordinier to discuss what makes chef René Redzepi and Noma special, where the food world is headed, and much more (8:35). You can find Gordinier’s new book ‘Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World’ wherever books are sold.

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Dave speaks to celebrated television producer Michael Schur about incorporating ethics into comedy in his show ‘The Good Place’ and applying moral philosophy to one's profession.

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Dave shares his thoughts on sushi etiquette and respecting the craftsmanship behind food (1:15) before sitting down with renowned potter Adam Field to discuss the history of Korean pottery and what the art of ceramics says about culture (11:22).

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After the highly anticipated launch of Angler in Los Angeles, Dave sits down with its chef and founder, Joshua Skenes, to assess for themselves the second outpost of the Michelin-starred seafood restaurant.

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Dave shares his thoughts on the ethnic-food aisle at grocery stores (0:36) before bringing in The Ringer’s CEO, Bill Simmons, to discuss food trends of the year thus far (11:04), the pervasive changes brought on by fatherhood (28:20), and what’s next for the culinary world (41:32).

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Dave shares his perspective on American fast food (0:48) before bringing in ‘Always Be My Maybe’ star Randall Park to discuss embracing his Asian American identity (16:17), making it as a comedic actor (33:08), and being a fan of global K-pop sensation BTS (49:52).

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Just over a year after Anthony Bourdain’s passing, Dave revisits the topic of mental health and speaks about his own battles.

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When Preet Bharara was appointed to be United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, he earned a reputation as one of the most successful prosecutors of Wall Street corruption. Dave speaks to Preet about his tenure as a U.S. attorney and adhering to the duty of carrying out justice.

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We last spoke to chef Eunjo “Jo” Park mere days before the grand opening of Momofuku Kawi in Hudson Yards. Months later, Dave sits down with Jo to discuss all that has happened since the launch.

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Gabriela Cámara wears many hats: chef-owner of a handful of iconic restaurants, cookbook author, subject of a Netflix documentary, social justice activist, and mother. She is also an adviser to the president of Mexico and was recently named to the Council of Cultural Diplomacy. Dave speaks to the culinary superstar about her career, Mexican cuisine, and much more.

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Since the arrival of his child, Dave has become increasingly concerned with the viability of a tenable future for the next generation. He speaks with David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor of New York Magazine and author of ‘The Uninhabitable Earth,’ about the real danger of climate change that is already damaging humanity.

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Travel often inspires a changed perspective on the world, especially in relation to the self. Dave speaks with Jada Yuan, the 2018 author of "The 52 Places Traveler" in 'The New York Times,' about her many travels and her takeaways from experiencing different cultures.

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The culinary arts may seem to be only nominally related to the arts, but there are more similarities between the food world and the art world than you might think. Having already examined this connection with Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith, Dave speaks with contemporary artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, whose work literally turns cooking into art.

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The culinary arts may seem to be only nominally related to the arts, but there are more similarities between the food world and the art world than you might think. Having examined this connection with Jerry Saltz earlier this year, Dave delves even deeper into these parallels with New York Times chief art critic (and Jerry’s wife!) Roberta Smith.

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Partnerships are tricky to navigate in any business structure, let alone a kitchen where everyone is bumping shoulders. But Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer of NYC's King restaurant work so seamlessly together that their symbiosis outweighs any friction. Dave speaks with the two British chefs about the dynamics of co-running a restaurant and the paradoxical complexity in making seemingly simple dishes.

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It's not often two masters of any craft join forces to collaborate, let alone open up an entire complex together. So when Pizzeria Bianco’s Chris Bianco and Tartine’s Chad Robertson clasped hands to create The Manufactory in Los Angeles, the culinary world lit up with excitement. Dave speaks to them about pioneering in their respective fields and how their partnership came about.

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When Dave and Grace first found out they would be parents, they realized nothing mattered more than the arrival of their first child and changed everything in anticipation. A week before Grace gave birth to their son, the Changs discussed the many trials and tribulations of the pregnancy.

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