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Do you daydream about dropping everything and opening a restaurant, or starting your own brand of condiments? So many trailblazers in the food world actually started their careers in entirely different fields. How did these folks decide to hit the brakes, start over, and become inspiring chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers and activists they are today? Hear their stories and learn how you too can fulfill your food dreams. New episodes available every Thursday. If you made a leap of faith to work in the food industry and want to share your story, please get in touch at why food@heritageradionetwork.org.

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Do you daydream about dropping everything and opening a restaurant, or starting your own brand of condiments? So many trailblazers in the food world actually started their careers in entirely different fields. How did these folks decide to hit the brakes, start over, and become inspiring chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers and activists they are today? Hear their stories and learn how you too can fulfill your food dreams. New episodes available every Thursday. If you made a leap of faith to work in the food industry and want to share your story, please get in touch at why food@heritageradionetwork.org.

    Episode 110: Alex Berkley, on deciding whether or not to stay in the family business

    Episode 110: Alex Berkley, on deciding whether or not to stay in the family business

    This episode was pre-recorded. Vallery Lomas sat down with Alex Berkley, Frieda Caplan's granddaughter and Head of Sales for Frieda's Produce. Frieda's Produce is a unicorn of sorts-- a business started by Frieda Caplan when she introduced the "Chinese Gooseberry" (which she later renamed the "kiwifruit") to the United States produce market in 1962. During the beginning of Alex's career, she faced the decision that so many children and grandchildren of small businesses face: "Do I go into the family business, or do I do something else?"

    Alex grew up around produce--attending trade shows and doing just about everything to help her mom run the business. In this episode, she shares how she used her college experience and internships with other companies in her decision to remain in the food business and carry the torch that her grandmother started nearly 6 decades before. 

    Frieda Caplan, founder of Frieda's Specialty Produce, passed away on January 18, 2020 at age 96. 

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    Episode 109: David Mawhinney: From Cooking to Carpentry

    Episode 109: David Mawhinney: From Cooking to Carpentry

    Welcome back! Vallery and Ethan speak with David Mawhinney, chef and founder of Franklin + Emily, a children's furniture company. Unlike most of our guests, David has pivoted away from the food industry while using the skills he developed in Michelin-starred kitchens.

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    Episode 108: Woldy Reyes: From Fasion to Fashionable Food

    Episode 108: Woldy Reyes: From Fasion to Fashionable Food

    Join cohost Ethan for a conversation with Chef Woldy Reyes, founder of catering company Woldy Kusina. Woldy came to New York City for a career in fashion, starting in the editorial departments of Nylon and Elle and later working for designer Phillip Lim. Join us for a conversation about his career path through fashion to food, and how he expresses identity through his food.

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    Episode 107: Hannah Wong: From Academic Writing to Regional Vietnamese Cooking

    Episode 107: Hannah Wong: From Academic Writing to Regional Vietnamese Cooking

    Join cohosts Vallery and Ethan for a conversation with Chef Hannah Wong of Van Da, a modern Vietnamese restaurant in NYC's East Village. Before beginning her culinary career, Hannah was a Fulbright scholar and editorial assistant at Harvard University Press. After switching gears and returning to school to pursue a culinary degree at Johnson & Wales, she worked at Daniel Boulud’s dB bistro Moderne and Gramercy Tavern before being tapped to help run the kitchen at Battersby. She has also appeared on Food Network’s Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. Since 2017 she has been the Executive Chef of Real Food Catering. In March, she and owner Yen Ngo opened Van Đa, a modern Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village. It received one star from Pete Wells in the NYT and was recognized as a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide.

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    Episode 106: Janet McCracken & Joseph Hernandez: Adapting to Changing Media Landscapes

    Episode 106: Janet McCracken & Joseph Hernandez: Adapting to Changing Media Landscapes

    Join cohost Vallery for a conversation with Janet McCracken and Joseph Hernandez. We discuss how to balance our time and energy as freelancers, while still working on larger projects that are important to us.

    Over the past 20 years, Janet McCracken has served as an editor, recipe developer, and recipe tester at a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, and Rachael Ray Every Day. She believes in the zen of pie-making, that ice cream is the perfect food, and that sharing a meal with family and friends is the finest way to spend any part of the day. She splits her time between NYC and Connecticut.

    Joseph Hernandez is an award-winning freelance editor and writer. He previously served as the deputy editor of food and dining at the Chicago Tribune, senior travel editor at Thrillist, and most recently as senior editor at SevenFifty Daily, overseeing coverage of the wine and spirits industries. A proud Chicagoan, he resides in Brooklyn home with his husband and hedgehog.

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    Episode 105: Benjamina Ebuehi: From Education to the Great British Baking Show

    Episode 105: Benjamina Ebuehi: From Education to the Great British Baking Show

    Join cohosts Vallery & Ethan for a conversation with Benjamina Ebuehi, winner of the Great British Baking Show and author of the new cookbook The New Way to Cake. We discuss Benjamina's previous career in education, her competition on the Great British Baking Show and her more recent work, both on the book and with the social enterprise Luminary Bakery.

    • 55 分鐘

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