Arnold Myint: Thai Cuisine and Southern Roots
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by Emmanuel Laroche - Show Host
3d ago
Today, I’m excited to talk to Arnold Myint, the talented Chef at The International Market in Nashville. Known for his vibrant personality on Top Chef, Arnold is redefining Thai cuisine by blending modern techniques with traditional Thai flavors. In 2024, he was a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast, highlighting his exceptional culinary skills. In this episode, you’ll discover how Arnold connects his Thai roots to his southern home, honoring his family through his culinary creations. He shares the unique flavors and combinations featured on his menu, cre ..read more
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Alex Yoon: From Korean Roots to Little Fish Success
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by Emmanuel Laroche - Show Host
2w ago
In this episode of Flavors Unknown, we sit down with Chef Alex Yoon, the culinary visionary behind Little Fish, a 16-seat seafood BYOB gem nestled in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia. Known for its intimate setting and creative seafood dishes, Little Fish has been a local favorite since the 90s. Chef Yoon shares his journey of taking over this beloved establishment, balancing its storied legacy with his own culinary innovations. We delve into his Korean roots, his path into the culinary world, and his reflections on navigating the challenges of the industry, including the impact ..read more
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JWU’s Dean Evans: A New Era in Culinary Education
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by Emmanuel Laroche - Show Host
1M ago
Join us today from JWU as we delve into the transformative world of culinary education with Dean Jason Evans of Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI. With a unique blend of economics and a visionary approach to food sustainability, Dean Evans is steering JWU towards a future where culinary education intertwines seamlessly with health and nutrition education. In this episode, discover how JWU is reshaping the culinary landscape to forge connections between food, the economy, and health. Learn about the innovative program opportunities that extend beyond traditional roles to empower s ..read more
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From Jail to Chef at Down North Pizza
Flavors Unknown | Chef Podcast
by Emmanuel Laroche - Show Host
2M ago
Join us today as we explore the compelling narrative of Chef Mike Carter at Down North Pizza in North Philadelphia, where his passion for culinary innovation and social entrepreneurship takes center stage. As a chef who has navigated the journey from incarceration to leading one of Philly’s best pizza restaurants, Mike’s story is a profound testament to the power of second chances and culinary creativity. In this episode, you’ll delve into his experiences with the U.S. prison system, his drive to reduce recidivism through community transformation, and his mission to mentor and uplift others w ..read more
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Nina Compton: From Caribbean Flavors to NOLA
Flavors Unknown | Chef Podcast
by Emmanuel Laroche - Show Host
3M ago
Today I’m talking to Chef Nina Compton, a James Beard award-winning chef based in New Orleans,Louisiana. She’s the owner and creative mind behind Compère Lapin and Bywater American Bistro. You’ll hear about her experience on Season 11 of Top Chef, – Saint Lucian roots What you’ll learn from Nina Compton Chef Nina Conpton’s  unique and flavorful upbringing in St. Lucia 2:35 The sweet scents of a childhood in the Caribbean 3:44 The influence of her grandmother in her cooking 5:54 Cakes of the Caribbean 7:26 Nina Compton’s journey to becoming a chef 8:35 Why she went to culinary school 9 ..read more
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SXSW 2024 Panel: Immigrant Flavors Reshape America
Flavors Unknown | Chef Podcast
by Emmanuel Laroche - Show Host
3M ago
This episode is the recording of the SXSW 2024 panel discussion I moderated with local chefs in Austin at a live SXSW event called Global Bites, Local Delights: How Immigrant Flavors Are Shaping the U.S. Food Scene. I’m joined by Chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph from Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group, Chef Edgar Rico from Nixta Taqueria, and Chef Simone Tong from Zoe Tong. You’ll hear how global flavors are making their mark on American cuisine, influenced by talented chefs with roots from Guyana, Mexico, and China. You’ll learn how these chefs are adapting classical dishes from around the world to ..read more
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Inside ‘The Dish’ with Author Andrew Friedman
Flavors Unknown | Chef Podcast
by Emmanuel Laroche - Show Host
4M ago
Today I’m talking to Author Andrew Friedman. His most recent book is called The Dish: The Lives and Labor Behind One Plate of Food. It takes a deep dive into one Chicago kitchen to explore the nature of our food system and the professionals who plate and prepare the food we eat. He’s also the host of the podcast “Andrew Talks to Chefs”. You’ll hear about the inspiration for his book and the journey it took him on to understand the labor and love that went into a single dish. You’ll learn how the restaurant industry has evolved, and the changes it might face in the future. You’ll also hear his ..read more
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A Taste of Philly: Chef and Bartender Innovations
Flavors Unknown | Chef Podcast
by Emmanuel Laroche - Show Host
4M ago
Today, I’m exploring A Taste of Philly with a StarChefs Rising Stars panel of talented chefs in Philadelphia. You’ll hear from Chef Michael Vincent Ferreri at Irwin’s, Chef George Madosky at Fork, Chef Yun Fuentes at Bolo, Bartender Fred Beebe at Post Haste, and Pastry Chef Amanda Rafaiski from Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Discover how their cultural heritage influences their menus, the significance of local produce, the stories behind their acclaimed venues, and their current experiments with flavors, from savory to sweet and sippable creations. What you’ll learn from this panel discussion Th ..read more
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Chef Simone Tong: Blending Asia in Austin’s Zoe Tong
Flavors Unknown | Chef Podcast
by Emmanuel Laroche - Show Host
5M ago
Today, I’m talking to Chef Simone Tong of the restaurant Zoe Tong in Austin. Her cross-cultural upbringing exposed her to many flavors throughout Asia, informing a blending of influences that resulted in a style uniquely her own. You’ll hear about her early food influences, from street foods in China to her days working in her mother’s restaurant. She shares the reality of working in the kitchen and what it’s really like to make your dream of owning a restaurant a reality. You’ll h ear about many of the signature dishes that exemplify her style, and get some sage advice for aspiring restauran ..read more
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Panama to LA: Chef Jose Carles’ Culinary Journey
Flavors Unknown | Chef Podcast
by Emmanuel Laroche - Show Host
5M ago
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 Panamanian culinary heritage. He shares the flavor profiles he’s best known for and the origins of inspiration for his deliciously creative menu items. What you’ll ..read more
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