Communal Table Podcast: Melissa Rodriguez

Melissa Rodriguez talks about taking charge, speaking up, and working out.

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Episode 32: Melissa Rodriguez

When news broke that executive chef Melissa Rodriguez was becoming a partner at the much-lauded Del Posto in the wake of Mario Batali's divestment, a cheer went up from folks in the know. Rodriguez has quietly, consistently, meticulously honed her craft in some of the most prestigious kitchens in the country, and earned the respect of her peers and colleagues. She's never sought the spotlight, but she's having to find her comfort zone when it comes to speaking up. She opened up about her journey through the restaurant world, becoming a boss, and how she tries to find balance.

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