How to sharpen your knives, what drinks to serve, where your seafood comes from – WDET's Ann Delisi and James Beard-nominated Chef James Rigato are here to empower you in the kitchen and have some fun along the way. Through interviews with chefs and industry experts, Essential Cooking is a key ingredient in your culinary journey.
Accessing Michigan’s Agricultural Diversity With Abby Olitzky
Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato talk with Abby Olitzky, operator of Spencer, a wine shop and restaurant in Ann Arbor. discussing engaging with the farming communities in Michigan, sourcing fresh produce year-round and more.
Chef Phil Jones on Doing Good with Good Food
Detroit Chef Phil Jones joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about what drives him to provide Detroiters with affordable, locally-sourced, plant-based foods. Jones is a member of Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen for Good, and the co-creator of Farmacy Foods.
James Travels to Tokyo
Chef James Rigato tells Ann Delisi all about his recent trip to Japan, and why the timeless and futuristic food culture there left him feeling inspired.
State Sen. Mallory McMorrow on the Restaurant Industry and Pandemic Shutdowns
State Sen. Mallory McMorrow joins Ann Delisi and James Rigato to talk about how COVID-19 forced the state government and restaurant industry to work together. Plus, how the health of the Great Lakes region’s lakes and rivers affect food producers and restaurants.
Third Culture is a Creative Superpower for Jon Kung
Jon Kung, a Detroit chef, has exploded in popularity with his TikTok cooking lessons. Kung joins Ann Delisi to talk about third culture food and the success he’s found in recent years. You can follow him on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube @chefjonkung.
Inside Culinary Tours in Mexico City with Anais Martinez, aka The Curious Mexican
Food writer and tour guide Anais Martinez talks about the culinary gems that travelers can look forward to when visiting Mexico City, which she also writes about in her blog, The Curious Mexican (thecuriousmexican.com).
What a great podcast for any interested in eating good food, cooking good food and learning about good people!
Glad you guys are back!
Love listening to these. Always very interesting
Interesting. Professional. Fun. Awesome.
I have enjoyed this podcast so much. I love to cook, but was also looking to make some lifestyle changes. This series has offered a whole new perspective on how I should be thinking about food. Without sounding overdramatic, I would say they are life-changing. Thank you for your work.