Welcome to WORD OF MOUTH with Leiti Hsu on HeritageRadioNetwork.org! Leiti Hsu, a fixture in NYC dining culture, is joined by Soulayphet (“Phet”) Schwader, Chef/Owner of Khe-Yo, the Laotian restaurant he runs with partners Iron Chef winner Marc Forgione and GM Nick Bradley. They talk about how Khe-Yo came to be with Marc and Nick, old friends and former roommates. Also, they begin a dialogue on how major food media today portrays ethnic food. Also, his journey from war-torn Laos to Kansas and how his mom Soubanh inspires his food and his life.
At the top of the show, Leiti heads to the Greenmarket with Chef Kyle Knall of Maysville. They #WINEedDOWN with legendary British wine writer Stuart Pigott. Tweet at #WOMshow @leitihsu.
This program has been sponsored by the International Culinary Center.
I was sitting at Marc [Forgione]’s restaurant, just hanging out, unemployed not knowing what I wanted to do with my career…what’s my next step? Can I go be a chef for somebody else, and we both looked at each other and we’re like let’s just open something up.” [18:03]
“The funny thing is that I’ve lived in NYC off and on for over 12-13 years, and I’ve never met a Laotian until I opened up this restaurant.”
“I don’t want them to take offense at this, but maybe if I were Caucasian, it’d be more interesting what I’m doing, but at the same time, this is what I grew up with.
— Chef Phet Schwader on Word of Mouth with Leiti Hsu