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Meet the makers behind the most beloved restaurants in New York City. Hosted by Arnold Byun, Season 2 is a nine episode affair that welcomes Asian-American restaurateurs and chef-owners that are continuing to tell their family's narrative and shaping their identity through food.
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Jimmy Ly

Jimmy Ly

2019-10-1100:34:03

Jimmy Ly is the Chef-Owner of Madame Vo and Madame Vo BBQ in the East Village. Jimmy and his wife, Yen Vo (for which the restaurants are named after), have certainly changed the conversation of Vietnamese restaurants in NYC. Once nonexistent, there are now a new wave of places to grab your pho or even BBQ fix. Growing up in Chinatown to immigrant parents who owned a dim sum restaurant and a nail salon, Jimmy learned early on about entrepreneurship and hard work. His fateful meeting with his wife and their disdain for the lack of Vietnamese restaurant options spurred the opening of Madame Vo. In this episode, we dive into the origin story of Madame Vo, the SJP (Sarah Jessica Parker) effect, and the loses along the way for Jimmy that have now turned into anything but wins.
Lucas Sin

Lucas Sin

2019-10-0700:27:41

Lucas Sin, Culinary Director of Junzi Kitchen, a chain of Chinese fast-casual restaurants, joins us to share his upbringing in Hong Kong, his takes on regional Chinese cooking, as well as his opinions on the ever controversial word in the modern culinary world ― "authentic."A graduate of Yale University, Lucas met the Co-Founders of Junzi in New Haven, Connecticut. With a mission and purpose to change the perception and narrative of Chinese food, he set out to do exactly that.Lucas started his culinary experience running a pop-up as a 16 year-old in an abandoned newspaper factory on the outskirts of Hong Kong and hasn't looked back since.
Simon Kim

Simon Kim

2019-10-0200:34:01

Simon Kim is a Korean-American restaurateur ― the owner of Cote Korean Steakhouse in NYC. Cote, also Korean for "flower," is the first ever Michelin-starred Korean barbecue restaurant.From his parents serendipitously running a Korean restaurant in Tribeca in the 90's to studying hospitality at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and running restaurants for other famed restaurateurs and chefs such as Steve Hanson (Blue Fin), Jean-Georges (The Mark), and Thomas Keller (Bouchon Bakery); Simon's story is that of a vibrant flower, one that has to go through struggles to become actualized.This episode features behind the scenes stories of his NYC upbringing to opening his first restaurant, Piora, in the West Village and of course, Cote Korean Steakhouse.
Season 2

Season 2

2019-09-2500:04:05

With Warm Welcome makes a comeback! Season 2 returns to Arnold's roots of working in the restaurant industry. Representation is something that's lacking to him as an Asian-American. This new season sets out to include 9 different Asian-American restaurateurs and chef-owners. It will tell their trials and tribulations to ultimately finding success in realizing that at the end of the day, it's about being who they are and creating spaces that are unapologetic and an extension of themselves as a person.
Emily Soukas

Emily Soukas

2019-04-2400:31:01

Since 1993, market makers Urbanspace NYC have been crafting and curating the most beautiful holiday market, food halls, and pop-ups in iconic locations such as Union Square, Columbus Circle, Times Square, Bryant Park, and much more. We sit down with Market Director, Emily Soukas, to chronicle her journey from NYU to Admin Assistant to now overseeing and green lighting multiple projects and properties with Urbanspace. Learn how the curation happens, her stories of controlled chaos of holiday pop-ups, and how ultimately the very vendors she works for inspires her to continue to push everyday. Visit Urbanspace on the web or stop by the permanent indoor food halls, 570 Lex and Vanderbilt. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Zach Mangan

Zach Mangan

2019-04-1700:42:53

A touring jazz musician from Berklee College of Music, Zach serendipitously fell into Japanese green tea during a trip in Paris, France. His pursuit of performing music brought him to New York City but a teashop on the Upper East Side further piqued his interest in tea. Upon a fateful meeting, he booked a trip to Fukuoka, Japan, where Zach sources most of his green teas for Kettl. Follow Kettl Tea on Instagram. Shop online or visit their store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Alex Pienkowski

Alex Pienkowski

2019-04-1000:28:57

Alex's stage name "Cogito" is derived from Descartes' "cogito, ergo sum" ― "I think, therefore I am." Her approach to music and her life has been about logic and pragmatism. Growing up as a second-generation Polish child, Alex often faced challenges about her identity and early on found her love for music as a way of self-expression. As she devotes more time into writing and performing her music, we speak on her journey, her newfound doggedness in pursuing music, and at the end, why we choose to complicate choices rather than simply acting upon our initial instincts.Follow Alex Pienkowski's music on Spotify. Her newest EP is 'Onward' ― released February 1st, 2019.
Jim McPartlin

Jim McPartlin

2019-04-0300:35:00

In the Spring season opener, we sit down with Jim McPartlin, VP of Leadership Development at Forbes Travel Guide. Forbes Travel Guide, which started in the 1950's as a mobile travel guide, is now a standard bearer for luxury in the hotel and spa industry. Over 900 standards are implemented when inspecting these luxurious properties across the world. McPartlin has worked for the most legendary hoteliers: Bill Kimpton (Kimpton Hotels), Barry Sternlicht (Starwood, 1 Hotels, Baccarat), Ian Schrager (Morgans Hotel Group, PUBLIC, EDITION), Andre Balazs (The Standard, Chiltern Firehouse, Chateau Marmont), and Jonathan Tisch (Loews Hotels). We speak on his storied experiences, trends and technology in travel, the romance of hotels, and the winning formula in a five-star property. Follow the Forbes Travel Guide on Instagram.
Laura Martinez

Laura Martinez

2019-03-2700:41:48

 From birth, tattoo artist Laura Martinez displayed artistic mannerisms and hobbies. She followed her dream in Paris, studying the scope of the arts until setting on a specialization in product design. Upon a serendipitous time spent in Madagascar, an endearment for African artistry and tribal tattoos soon became her calling. We speak about tattoo culture, the implication of inking, and how the relationship she builds with her client is grounded in hospitality. Learn more about Laura's Fleur Noire Tattoo Parlor here.Follow Laura Martinez on Instagram.
Sophie Kennedy

Sophie Kennedy

2019-03-2000:33:04

Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day. Sophie and Seastraws aims to push the movement towards a plastic-free world forward, one paper straw at a time. From an early age, Sophie learned to engage with the environment around her: spending time in coral reefs, the now infamous Pig Beach, and the Exumas. Along the way, she would pick up plastics on the beach leading to a newfound passion for marine biology and sustainability. Inspired by a trip to India, her senior thesis project involved creating a plastic raft with trash that she'd discover on her campus. Her bold statement captured on video would win multiple awards and lead to heavy involvement in marine non-profits. We speak on challenges of being a young entrepreneur, the life-cycle of a plastic straw, and simple instant fixes you can make to help save the environment. Subscribe to 'Recurrent' - a newsletter from Seastraws.Learn more about Seastraws here. Follow Sophie on Instagram.
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