EPISODE 54 | August 16, 2018

Nigel Sielegar: Beautiful Design and Beautiful Desserts

Nigel Sielegar is an web designer who on a whim decided to open a stand at the Queens Night Market,…

EPISODE 53 | August 9, 2018

Loren Brill: Baking Up A Better-For-You Cookie

Loren Brill was a young college graduate working as a yoga instructor when her world was turned upside down: she…

EPISODE 52 | August 2, 2018

Elena Liao: Brewing Up NYC’s Best Oolong

Elena Liao knew something was missing. She had been in merchandise planning at some of the nation’s best retailers for…

EPISODE 51 | July 26, 2018

Joseph Yoon: From Managing Musicians to Cooking with Bugs

Joseph Yoon started his career in music but decided to pursue his love of cooking and became a private chef…

EPISODE 50 | July 19, 2018

Garrett Oliver: From Rock Band Manager to Iconic Brooklyn Brewer

Garrett Oliver is the Brewmaster of the iconic Brooklyn Brewery and a world-renowned expert on beer, but few people know…

EPISODE 49 | July 12, 2018

Kerry Brodie: From Nonprofit Communications to a Nonprofit Restaurant

Kerry Brodie started her career in nonprofit communications before deciding to pivot to pursue her love of cooking. While in…

EPISODE 48 | June 28, 2018

Raquel Jacquez Sharp, Halima Marega & Isatou Sohona: Healthy Food Education from a Teacher and her Students

Raquel Jacquez Sharp is an educator and activist around healthy food and the Communication and Partnerships Manager at the Sylvia…

EPISODE 47 | June 21, 2018

Julian Plyter: From Classical Music to Ice Cream Sandwiches

After working for several years in classical music, Julian decided to enroll in culinary school to pursue a lifelong passion…

EPISODE 46 | June 7, 2018

Yuan Ji: Bringing Beautiful Mezcal from Oaxaca to New York

Yuan Ji is a former anti-trust attorney whose love for Oaxaca (and its mezcal!) inspired her to launch Erstwhile Mezcal….

EPISODE 45 | May 24, 2018

Matt Gallira & Jimmy Warren: Bringing Festival Fare to New Heights

So far on Why Food?, we’ve talked to many food entrepreneurs about taking the leap from their former careers into…

EPISODE 44 | May 17, 2018

Yana Gilbuena: Uniting the World Through Kamayan Dinners

50 Meals in 50 States. To most people, this seems a crazy idea; to Yana Gilbuena, a passionate Filipino chef…

EPISODE 43 | May 10, 2018

Dario Wolos: Serving Up Mexican Spirit from a Volkswagen

In the summer of 2005, Dario Wolos joked to his friends he would start a taco shop inside a Volkswagen,…

EPISODE 42 | April 19, 2018

Carolina Santos-Neves: Doing Good with Good Food

Carolina Santos-Neves started in data entry at epicurious.com but found herself spending more and more time thinking about the elaborate…

EPISODE 41 | April 12, 2018

Chi Bui: Uniting Chocolate and Olive Oil with Sustainability

Chi Bui led many lives before her current one in chocolate. Her well-to-do Vietnamese family fled their home city of…

EPISODE 40 | April 5, 2018

Kristin Canty: Fighting for the Right to Farm

When Kristin Canty’s young son developed severe allergies, she found relief by feeding him raw milk. She couldn’t have known…

EPISODE 39 | April 2, 2018

Meet Your Co-Hosts: Jenny Dorsey & Ethan Frisch

This episode, we’re taking a fun approach to (re) introduce ourselves – by each taking half an hour to interview…

EPISODE 38 | March 26, 2018

Scott Norton: Bringing Personality and Charm to Condiments

Scott Norton began making ketchup in his college apartment almost 10 years ago. It was 4 years after Malcolm Gladwell…

EPISODE 37 | March 16, 2018

Michele Tanenbaum: Fusing Cookies with Design Aesthetic

Michele Tanenbaum was burnt out after spending decades in the fashion industry. She began to experiment with making sweet treats…

EPISODE 36 | March 8, 2018

Dianna Daoheung: Bringing New Ideas to the Iconic NYC Bagel

Dianna Daoheung left a career in advertising because she wanted to work with her hands. She decided to challenge herself…

EPISODE 35 | March 1, 2018

Jeremy Lyman: Changing New York’s Coffee Culture With Service

Jeremy Lyman began sketching floorplans of his future business at 16, but found himself only working on his “coffee project”…

EPISODE 34 | February 22, 2018

Andrew Jacobi: Building A Sandwich Empire With Braised Meats

Andrew Jacobi always flirted with the idea of starting a food business, but found himself chasing the competitive high of…

EPISODE 33 | February 13, 2018

Matt Shapiro: Protecting New York’s Street Food History & Culture

Matt Shapiro was in law school when he read about a Midtown street vendor’s cart being wrongfully confiscated by the…

EPISODE 32 | February 8, 2018

Ligaya Mishan: Telling True Stories About New York’s Great Unsung Restaurants

Ligaya Mishan is the author of the New York Times‘ “Hungry City column”, where she reviews New York’s “great, unsung”…

EPISODE 31 | February 4, 2018

Rob Laing: Agricultural Innovation Within City Limits

Rob Laing was a successful tech entrepreneur in Japan when he first realized his stressful, nonstop lifestyle was leading him…

EPISODE 30 | January 20, 2018

Devika Kumar: Food Storytelling, From Family to Farms

Devika Kumar found herself at a crossroads after having her first child. She had successful career in investment banking and…

EPISODE 29 | August 3, 2017

Cushman Concepts – Nancy and Tim Cushman

With a love for good food and wine in comfortable and welcoming surroundings Tim and Nancy Cushman poured themselves and…

EPISODE 28 | July 27, 2017

FoodyDirect – Brad Koenig

Have you craved New York bagels when you are on the west coast or needed the Caramel Pecan Pie from…

EPISODE 27 | June 29, 2017

William Dean Chocolates: Bill Brown

At the tender age of 46 Bill Brown tapped in to his creative mind which had been subdued for nearly…

EPISODE 26 | June 22, 2017

Supercrown Coffee Roasters: Darleen Scherer

The DotCom Crash left Darleen unemployed and very uncertain of finding secure work. She took her savings and passion for…

EPISODE 25 | June 15, 2017

Q Drinks – Jordan Silbert

With a belief mixers should be of equal quality and beauty as their alcoholic counterpart, Q Tonic was born. Twelve…

EPISODE 24 | June 8, 2017

Restaurateur – Matt Abramcyk

After falling out of love with finance Matt dipped his toe in hospitality as an investor in one of the…

EPISODE 23 | June 1, 2017

Hannah Cheng – Mimi Cheng’s

From finance and fashion, Hannah and Marian Cheng left successful careers to bring traditional and healthy Chinese dumplings to New…

EPISODE 22 | May 25, 2017

Marc Glosserman – Hill Country Hospitality

With a self-described ‘plain vanilla’ upbringing in the suburbs of D.C. where at least one parent of each of his…

EPISODE 21 | April 20, 2017

Coffee Connoisseur – Debbie Wei Mullin

Debbie Wei Mullin is passionate about poverty alleviation. After visiting her relatives in Vietnam at 15 years of age she…

EPISODE 20 | April 13, 2017

Home Cook – Donal Skehan

Donal Skehan has created a remarkable career for himself in the food world. As an author of seven cookbooks and…

EPISODE 19 | April 6, 2017

Farmer – Ben Flanner

In the concrete jungle of New York City agriculture is sparse but Brooklyn Grange have developed the worlds largest rooftop…

EPISODE 18 | March 30, 2017

Food Academic – Darryl Mosher

This week I made the trip Poughkeepsie to chat with Darryl Mosher at the CIA campus. Darryl left a lucrative…

EPISODE 17 | March 23, 2017

Food Author – Bianca Bosker

“I am obsessed with other people’s obsessions” This quote sets the tone for how engaged and involved you become when…

EPISODE 16 | March 9, 2017

Restaurateur Pt. 1 – Adam Eskin

As the founder & CEO, of Dig Inn, a successful farm to table restaurant group based in New York and…

EPISODE 15 | February 23, 2017

Food Critic – Alan Richman

A winner of 16 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards during his 25 years as a food critic for GQ, Alan…

EPISODE 14 | February 2, 2017

Sommelier – Max Coane

Imagine if you’re first restaurant job was at a two Michelin-starred restaurant and within that restaurant you were the Head…

EPISODE 13 | January 12, 2017

The Theatrical Chef with Chef Yo

Chef Yo graduated with a masters from the Theatre Directing program at Columbia University. A native of Thailand, he found…

EPISODE 12 | December 15, 2016

The Dairy Queen from Wall Street – with Homa Dashtaki of the White Moustache

Homa Dashtaki is the owner of The White Moustache, a coveted New York producer of both Persian and Greek style…

EPISODE 11 | December 8, 2016

Jonathan Mendez of Saloniki Greek

Jonathan Mendez, co-founder of Saloniki Greek introduces us to his new restaurant and his previous career path as a lawyer….

EPISODE 10 | December 1, 2016

The Curious Beginnings of Ample Hills with Husband and Wife co-owners Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna

Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna are the co-founders of the delicious, creative and playful ice cream company, Ample Hills. They…

EPISODE 9 | November 10, 2016

From the Classroom to the Kitchen – Timothy Caspere

Timothy Caspare, the Chef de Cuisine at the trendy Italian spot Pasquale Jones, hasn’t always been a chef. On today’s…

EPISODE 8 | November 3, 2016

Wine Becomes Art – Alie Shaper

As the founder of Brooklyn Oenology, Alie Shaper has taken the centuries old wine concept of terroir and modernized it…

EPISODE 7 | October 27, 2016

A Serial Investor Rooted in Nature – Shen Tong

Shen Tong is one of the most accomplished individuals I have met. It is simply not possible to bracket him…

EPISODE 6 | October 20, 2016

Trading Platinum Records for Michelin Stars – Ken Friedman

Ken Friedman had an illustrious career in the music industry for over twenty years. He managed bands such as The…

EPISODE 5 | October 6, 2016

A Privileged and Humble Transition to Food – Vincent Mazeau

Vincent Mazeau recently traded his successful career as an artist and set designer of 15 years to start a new…

EPISODE 4 | October 4, 2016

The Land of The Happy Pear – David and Stephen Flynn

Stephen and David Flynn are twins and founders of The Happy Pear. The Happy pear began twelve years ago as…

EPISODE 3 | September 29, 2016

From Desk Jockey to Dough Bro – Ronan Greaney

“If you have a genuine passion for something, why not go for it?” I’m back home in Galway, Ireland this…

EPISODE 2 | September 22, 2016

From the Opera to the Hive – Casey Elsass

“The one through line of my early twenties was that there was no through line.” After many years of random…

EPISODE 1 | September 15, 2016

Social Justice to Food Justice – Martha Hoover

In this episode we meet one of the most inspirational restaurateurs in the States. Largely unknown because she doesn’t operate…