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Each episode, join Eli Sussman as he hosts a one-on-one conversation with a chef or restaurateur about his/her childhood, first jobs in food, and the path they chose that led them to become the chef or restaurateur they are today. From how it all began, to where they are now and everything in between. This is The Line.

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Each episode, join Eli Sussman as he hosts a one-on-one conversation with a chef or restaurateur about his/her childhood, first jobs in food, and the path they chose that led them to become the chef or restaurateur they are today. From how it all began, to where they are now and everything in between. This is The Line.

    Episode 96: Moonlynn Tsai

    Episode 96: Moonlynn Tsai

    Today's episode features Moonlynn Tsai, co-owner of Kopitiam. After working in the Bay and LA restaurant scenes she moved to NYC in 2018, partnering with chef Kyo Pang to invigorate the new larger version of Kopitam. The restaurant, located on the Lower East Side of New York, received a 2018 James Beard Semifinalist nomination for Chef Pang, a 2018 critic pick from Pete Wells in the NYTimes where he called it “almost unfailingly terrific” and in 2019 the restaurant was named a Bon Appetit Magazine Hot Ten restaurant. On today's show we’ll be talking about growing up in restaurants, choosing a business partner, running a hot restaurant and the cuisine of Kopitiam.

    • 55 min
    Episode 95: Katie Button

    Episode 95: Katie Button

    Chef Katie Button, the chef and co-owner of two restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina: Cúrate Tapas Bar and Button & Co. Bagels, was born in South Carolina and raised in New Jersey. Chef Button has worked for Jose Andres and Ferran Adria at elBulli before returning to the South to open up her restaurant Curate in 2011 with her husband Felix. The restaurant and Katie have received tons of accolades: she was a finalist for the James Beard Rising Star Chef Award in 2014, and a nominee for the Foundation’s Best Chef: Southeast Award in both 2018 and 2019. She was also named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2015 and Curate was most recently recognized as one of Esquire’s 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade.

    • 58 min
    Episode 94: Santiago Perez

    Episode 94: Santiago Perez

    Santiago Perez was born in Mexico City. He received a chemical engineering degree and then somewhere along the way decided investment banking was the right fit. At the age of 29 he was working at UBS in NYC and decided he wanted to open up a restaurant. Cosme, now open for 5 years has only increased in popularity as time goes on, increasing the fame and influence of chef Enrique Olvera and catapulting chef Daniela Soto-Innes to chef stardom. In 2017 they opened Atla, both chefs now partners. And with Santiago they will all open 3 west coast restaurants in 2020. Iin Los Angeles (Damian and Ditroit) and one in Las Vegas (Elio). On today's episode we talk about why being an investment banker is the right or wrong background for opening a restaurant, how he connected with his massively talented creative chef team and how to maintain consistency and structure while expanding to have bi-coastal operations.

    • 55 min
    Episode 93: Daniel Burns

    Episode 93: Daniel Burns

    Chef Daniel Burns is responsible for helping develop aspects of the culinary programs through research and development for arguably the two most influential chefs in the world Rene Redzepi and David Chang at Noma and Momofuku respectively. He was raised in Halifax and received degrees in mathematics and philosophy at Dalhousie University and went on to work at some of the most influential restaurants in the entire world. Before working as the head of research and development for the Momofuku restaurant group here in NYC, chef Burns cooked at The Fat Duck and St. Johns in England and he built and ran the pastry program at Noma in Copenhagen. In 2013 he opened Torst in Brooklyn with partners from Evil Twin Brewing and 12% imports, two heavy hitters in the beer world. Torst which means thirst in danish had a small restaurant in the back called called Luksus where chef Burns served a tasting menu alongside beer pairings. Luksus earned a Michelin Star in 2014 and is the only restaurant to do so pairing only beer with the menu.

    • 56 min
    Episode 92: Charlene Santiago

    Episode 92: Charlene Santiago

    Today's guest is Chef Charlene Santiago executive chef at Canal Street Oysters, the newly opened American oyster bar which is owned by the restaurateurs behind The East Pole, East Pole Fish Bar, and Pizza Beach. Charlene is almost a lifelong New Yorker having arrived here from the Philippines when she was 5 years old. Her path took her to the French culinary institute and then she put in some serious time in NYC kitchens working alongside some tremendously talented chefs like Terrance Brennan at Picholine, April Bloomfield at the Breslin and Christina Lecki at Reynards. Today we talk about growing up in Washington Heights, sourcing seafood and how long is the right amount of time to stay at a job.

    • 54 min
    Episode 91: Nick Bognar

    Episode 91: Nick Bognar

    My guest today is Nick Bognar, who is the chef and owner of Indo, the modern Asian restaurant in St. Louis. Indo combines styles of mainland Southeast Asia, joining Nick’s Thai background and formal Japanese training. At just 27, Nick was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year for his transformation of his family’s restaurant, Nippon Tei. He opened Indo in June 2019.

    • 56 min

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