Communal Table Podcast: Isaac Toups

Isaac Toups talks about bullying. mentoring, Emeril, and his end game.

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Episode 18: Isaac Toups

Top Chef watchers voted Isaac Toups their "fan favorite" when his season finished in 2016, but the New Orleans chef hadn't always been met with such kindness. The outspoken Cajun opened up about his journey from bullied teen to beloved restaurateur, cookbook author, and TV personality, and how it's shaped the way he leads in the kitchen, and cares for himself and his family's future.

Learn more about Isaac and visit his restaurants:

Buy Isaac's book: Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking

Watch Isaac and Kat make blood sausage: No Pressure

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