Communal Table Podcast

Food & Wine gets deep with some of the greatest minds and hearts in the food world.

Communal Table Podcast with Kat Kinsman
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Hello beautiful people! Welcome to Food & Wine Pro's Communal Table podcast. Chefs and restaurant workers take great care of everyone else, but often they need a little help themselves. Each week, Food & Wine's senior editor Kat Kinsman talks with hospitality pros about how they manage their business, brain, and body for the long haul.

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Episode 1: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat author and host Samin Nosrat talks about money, mental health, and living in the public eye.

Episode 2: Beatrice Inn chef-owner Angie Mar talks about money, mentorship, and hustle.

Episode 3. Chef and author Seamus Mullen talks about feeding himself the right foods to feel better—mind, body, and spirit.

Episode 4. Chef and media mogul David Chang talks about insomnia, drive, and Star Wars as a management strategy.

Episode 5. George Mendes talks about yelling in the kitchen, exercise, and Portuguese egg tarts.

Episode 6. Kwame Onwuachi talks about public pressure, representation, and finding peace.

Episode 7. Pete Wells talks about criticism, Sassy magazine, and not taking things personally.

Episode 8. Julia Sullivan talks about kitchen intensity, physical stress, and seeking balance.

Episode 9. Bryan and Michael Voltaggio talk about working with family, Top Chef, and their days as young, broke cooks.

Episode 10. Yasmin Khan talks about Palestinian food, bearing witness, and self care while reporting.

Episode 11: Sam Hellman-Mass talks about extreme opening stress, graceful leadership, and his masa obsession.

Episode 12: Jason Vincent talks about anxiety and depression, the pressures of the spotlight, and making time for family.

Episode 13: Vallery Lomas talks about career pivots, competition TV, and the responsibility of role models.

Episode 14: Laurie Woolever talks about life after Anthony Bourdain, embracing sobriety, and the value of naps.

Episode 15: Billy Durney talks about PTSD, going into the BBQ biz, and feeding a community in crisis.

Episode 16: Marcus Samuelsson talks about '90s fine dining, rule breakers, and the blessings of Blackness.

Episode 17: Chefs, restaurateurs, and writers talk about the impact of Anthony Bourdain on #BourdainDay.

Episode 18: Isaac Toups talks about bullying. mentoring, Emeril, and his end game.

Episode 19: Jamila Robinson talks about feeling welcome in restaurants, media inclusion, and empathetic workplaces.

Episode 20: JJ Johnson talks about entrepreneurship, hustle, and becoming a brand.

Episode 21: Restaurant lawyer Jasmine Moy talks about opening a restaurant, partner pitfalls, and expensive mistakes.

Episode 22: Marco Canora talks about taking risks and sticking around for the long haul.

Episode 23: Pitmaster Carey Bringle talks pursuing passion, using humor, and kicking ass with one leg.

Episode 24: Priya Krishna talks about cookbook writing, working with mom, and defying categorization.

Episode 25: Kwame Onwuachi and Karen Akunowicz talk about the journey to the top.

Episode 26: Dave Beran talks about athleticism, discipline, and his tenure as Toast Boy.

Episode 27: Mashama Bailey and Johno Morisano talk about Edna Lewis, developing trust, and reckoning with history.

Episode 28: Ming Tsai talks about food allergies, CBD, and why having fun matters.

Episode 29: Nina Compton talks about finding community, standing up for what's right, and winding down.

Episode 30: Antoni Porowski talks about ADHD, surviving the spotlight, and proper mac 'n' cheese.

Episode 31: Chintan Pandya talks about nostalgia, art, and super-cool tech toys.

Episode 32: Melissa Rodriguez talks about taking charge, speaking up, and working out.

Episode 33: Steven Satterfield talks about cancer recovery, hiring smartly, and the power of peaches.

Episode 34: Akhtar Nawab talks about unhealthy stress, smart partnerships, and present parenting.

Episode 35: Philip Speer talks about recovery, notoriety, and accountability.

Episode 36: Callie Speer talks about financing a restaurant, sobriety, and why Tuesday sucks sometimes.

Episode 37: Nancy Silverton talks about restaurant history and the indomitable will of sourdough.

Episode 38: Avett Brothers cellist Joe Kwon talks about food on tour and the pleasure of silence.

Episode 39: Sean Brock talks about his grandma's cellar, leather britches, and his new book, South.

Episode 40: Kim Severson talks about rabbits, bad men, and stories that stick in your soul.

Episode 41: Big Gay Ice Cream's Doug Quint talks about subway rats, mental health, and business.

Episode 42: Josh Niland talks about fish butchery, life after cancer, and his brilliant wife.

Episode 43: Paul Kahan talks about healthy boundaries, humble leadership, and corgis.

Episode 44: Jessica Craig talks about nurturing talent, Jamaican excellence, and kitchen dance parties.

Episode 45: Paul Finn talks about his brilliant system to help hospitality pros deal with stress.

Episode 46: Trish Nelson talks about the Spotted Pig settlement and what comes next.

Episode 47: Cassidee Dabney talks about Appalachia, grief, and the power of positive screaming.

Episode 48: Jamie Oliver talks about how doing right doesn't always pay the bills, vegetables, and resilience.

Episode 49: Sean Brock talks about addiction, recovery, and working to fix his brain.

Episode 50: Katie Button talks about keeping employees for the long haul and making room for mistakes.

Episode 51: Chefs, restaurateurs, writers, sommeliers, and food world luminaries sat down with Food & Wine to talk about failure.

Episode 52: Steve Palmer talks about getting and staying sober, and the mission that fuels him.

Episode 53: Emma Bengtsson talks about open kitchens and (reluctantly) learning to sit still.

Episode 54: Sarah Robbins talks about vulnerability while traveling and what the military taught her about hospitality.

Episode 55: Jay Rayner talks about restaurant criticism, coronavirus, and confronting his own mortality.

Episode 56: Anxiety, coronavirus, and making sure your local restaurants stay in business.

Episode 57: Restaurant workers and owners scramble to figure out next steps as coronavirus spreads.

Episode 58: Restaurant workers help everyone, all the time, but they're the last to ask for help themselves. Now is the time to get over that and get loud.

Episode 59: Ming Tsai talks about the fears restaurant workers face and actions to take in the time of a pandemic.

Episode 60: Steve Palmer talks about resources for maintaining sobriety in a crisis and the challenges of isolation.

Episode 61: The Beatrice Inn's Angie Mar talks about grief, getting creative, and pushing through in a time of universal uncertainty.

Episode 62: Real estate veteran Douglas Wagner explains what to do if the rent is due and you don't have any income, and what help might be ahead.

Episode 63: Edward Lee turned his restaurant 610 Magnolia into a relief center for laid-off hospitality workers and organized similar efforts across the country. Here's what keeps him going.

Episode 64: Hospitality veteran John Winterman talks about opening a restaurant during a pandemic.

Episode 65: Rachael Ray can't rest until everyone—and their dog—has enough to eat.

Episode 66: Kwame Onwuachi takes the fight against coronavirus very personally.

Episode 67: Ellen Yin and Gia Vecchio talk about a new mental health resource for the industry.

Episode 68: Win Son's Trigg Brown listened closely for guidance from authorities, but it was slow in coming. He took action to protect his team.

Episode 69: John Becker—the great-grandson of The Joy of Cooking's original author Irma S. Rombauer—and his wife Megan Scott go in-depth on how they updated the classic cookbook for the modern era.

Episode 70: How Khushbu Shah picked Food & Wine's Best New Chefs 2020

Episode 71: James Beard Rising Star Pastry Chef nominee Paola Velez talks about what it truly means to serve your community.

Episode 72: Romy Gill talks about about how cooking helped her cope after her mother's death, how she became a Member of the British Empire, and the show she dreams of doing with her dad.

Episode 73: FoodLab Detroit Executive Director Devita Davison talks about food apartheid, farming, and fixing a broken system.

Episode 74: Justin Burke talks about inclusive spaces, being a queer single dad, and baking as activism.

Episode 75: Restaurant lawyer Jasmine Moy talks about reopening restaurants, racism, and rent.

Episode 76: Chef and activist Jenny Dorsey talks about vulnerability, tough conversations, and redefining restaurants.

Episode 77: Erick Williams of Virtue restaurant in Chicago talks about faith, real estate, and the better future he's building.

Episode 78: Chef-owner Eric Rivera of Addo talks about pivoting, selling plants, and planning ahead.

Episode 79: Willa Jean chef and newly-minted author Kelly Fields talks about writing a cookbook, weathering storms, and accepting help.

Episode 80: Veteran bartenders Dale DeGroff and Julie Reiner talk about what it takes to stick around for the long haul.

Episode 81: Joe Yonan talks about representation, minimizing meat, and the effect that writing a bean-based cookbook has on a marriage.

Episode 82: The Final Table star and Otium chef-owner Timothy Hollingsworth talks about kitchen intensity, belonging, and cooking for your mom.

Episode 83: Restaurateur, author, and TV star Vivian Howard talks about Southernness, pride, pivots, and politics.

Episode 84: The Food & Wine kitchen team talks you through the recipes they're making for the holidays, and how to cope with a very different Thanksgiving table this year.

Episode 85: Author Bryan Washington talks about showing up, growing up, and morning-after omelets.

Episode 86: Chef and cookbook author Rocco DiSpirito talks about why therapy is a lifesaver and how to snap back to feeling like a chef.

Episode 87: How the Food & Wine team keeps the flame alive during the holidays.

Episode 88: Poi Dog's Kiki Aranita talks about closing her restaurant, collective trauma, and selling sauce.

Episode 89: Greenville restaurateur Carl Sobocinski talks about investing in people and pausing his restaurants to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Episode 90: The Food & Wine team finds joy where we can in a dark month.

Episode 91: Masala y Maíz chefs Norma Listman and Saqib Keval talk mole, valuing Mexican food, and what restaurant family really means.

Episode 92: Claudette Zepeda talks cutting through white noise and becoming the leader she needed to see.

Episode 93: Chef, author, and TV personality Anita Lo talks solo cooking, throwing butter, and constant reinvention.

Episode 94: Sommelier and activist Vinny Eng talks mutual aid, empathy, and the art of hugging trees.

Episode 95: Chef and cookbook author Matt Jennings talks sobriety, pivots, flextaurants, and how chefs can evolve.

Episode 96: Chef, city planner, architect, and activist Adrian Lipscombe talks Black land ownership, Texas tribulations, and studying sake.

Episode 97: Slutty Vegan founder and philanthropist Pinky Cole talks about entrepreneurship, intentions, and setting people up for success.

Episode 98: (Part 1) Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites chef Sam Fore refuses to stay silent when she sees injustice, and that's a great thing for all of us.

Episode 98: (Part 2) Sam Fore talks mental health, taking care of others, and what it means to have your food on the cover of a magazine.

Episode 99: Chef, cookbook author, speaker, and podcaster Preeti Mistry talks about teaching kids about flavor on Waffles + Mochi, building community, and who gets to be a chef.

Episode 100: Author and TV star Nigella Lawson talks quarantine, imperfect housekeeping, squishy white bread, and listening to your food.

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