At the top of today’s Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Mike speaks with Chef Bill Telepan of Telepan Restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Since 2008, he has been the Executive Chef of Wellness in the Schools (WITS), a non-profit organization dedicated to making school food healthy. As the first chef to join the WITS team, Bill has served as a leader of the WITS Cook for Kids program by developing nutritious school menus, training cafeteria workers and teaching culinary and nutrition concepts to students, parents and teachers. In 2009, Bill was honored with a selection to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to School task force and preliminary conferences.
In the second half, Mike is joined in the studio by Hristo Zisovski, an Advanced Sommelier based in New York City. Hristo spent seven years as Chef Sommelier of the three Michelin-starred Jean Georges. Under his tenure, the restaurant received the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine Service. In November 2010, Hristo joined the Altamarea Group at Ai Fiori, and in 2014 he was named one of Food & Wine’s Sommeliers of the Year.
“We all need to eat, but we all care what we put in our body.” [26:00] – Hristo Zisovski