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Do you daydream about dropping everything and opening a restaurant, or starting your own brand of condiments? So many trailblazers in the food world actually started their careers in entirely different fields. How did these folks decide to hit the brakes, start over, and become inspiring chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers and activists they are today? Hear their stories and learn how you too can fulfill your food dreams. New episodes available every Thursday. If you made a leap of faith to work in the food industry and want to share your story, please get in touch at why food@heritageradionetwork.org.
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Please join hosts Vallery and Ethan for a conversation with Naomi Mobed, founder of Le Bon Magot. Naomi grew up in Pakistan and Iran, and even while pursuing a career in banking, never stopped dreaming about the flavors of her childhood. She swtiched careers to launch Le Bon Magot, a line of sauces, jams and chutneys using fresh produce cooked with the spices of the Middle East and South Asia. Join us for a fascinating conversation about her life traveling the world and her experience of launching and building a highly acclaimed company.
Join cohost Ethan and guest Dan Giusti to hear his fascinating story, going from Head Chef at Noma to the founder of Brigaid, transforming school food. They'll discuss Dan's career path, what it's like to run the kitchen of the best restaurant in the world, and how he decided to change careers to cook school lunches.
Join cohosts Ethan Frisch and Vallery Lomas for a conversation with Anna Francese Gass, author of the recently released cookbook Heirloom Kitchen. After a stint in corporate sales, she traded the boardroom for the test kitchen, and has since worked for Whole Foods, Mad Hungry, and Martha Stewart Living Ominmedia.
Join cohosts Vallery and Ethan for a conversation with Flip Biddelman, Partner and General Manager at Gertie, a nostalgic Brooklyn restuarant.
Beth Linksey has had a long career in and out of food. She's worked as a photographer's assistant, an apparel buyer for Sears Roebuck, and a corporate caterer, but is best known for her jam company, Beth's Farm Kitchen, which she ran for 36 years. She was an early member of the Union Square Greenmarket and is a board member of the Fulton Stall Market. Join co-hosts Ethan & Vallery for a conversation with Beth about her decades of work to improve local food and local food systems around New York City.
"A native of Singapore, Nona Lim is a former competetive fencer representing Singapore in international competitions. Afterworking for over eight years in management and software consulting, she moved to the SanFrancisco Bay Area and started the first of a series of entrepreneurial food businesses. She launched an online meal delivery business, before itwas trendy, as well as a food-based detox program. She launched her Nona Lim brand in 2014, focusing on clean-label fresh Asian products, including bonebroths, soups, ramen, and rice noodles."
In June of 1979, Channy arrived in Lincoln Nebraska as a refugee. After four years of no school and not knowing a word of English, she attended Lincoln High School; earned a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Channy worked in Silicon Valley as an engineer in the Aerospace and Biotech industries for 30 years before starting her own business, Angkor Cambodian Food and publishing her memoir, “Short Hair Detention”. She now lives in San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Kent Laux.
Join Ethan & guest host Vallery Lomas for an interview with Hetal Vasavada. She's is the founder of the blog, Milk & Cardamom and a former MasterChef contestant who went from being a biochemist to feed media consultant. She consults on recipe development and content creation for culinary businesses. Her recipes have been featured in Huffington Post, TASTE and The Times of India. She lives in San Francisco, California.
Chef Alvin Cailan is a Filipino-American chef who grew up in Los Angeles, where he learned how to cook at a very young age. He attended the Oregon Culinary Institute, and later worked for culinary establishments such as Olympic Provisions, Bouchon, French Laundry, and more.
Join co-hosts Ethan & Jenny for a conversation with Material cofounders Eunice Byun and Dave Nguyen. They're longtime friends, and they launched Material in 2018 to bring people together and spark meaningful moments by creating high-quality, thoughtfully designed things for the kitchen.
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