Soul by Chef Todd Richards is a new podcast from HRN that explores the roots of southern food throughout the country and why food itself is a religious experience.
Join Todd Richards, cookbook author, chef, and your host. On Soul we'll take the understanding of Southern Food - and it's own soul - a few steps further as we lift up Black voices in the industry and around the world.
Gather around the table and join us as we go to church with food. Subscribe to Soul by Todd Richards on your favorite podcast app.
Erika Council is a software engineer, writer/photographer, and biscuit-maker who runs the Bomb Biscuits pop-up in Atlanta and the Southern Soufflé website. I've known her for many years, and she actually provided the biscuit recipe for my book, Soul. I'm thrilled to have her on the show for our first Season finale!
I am thrilled to have Adrian Miller on this week's show. Adrian is a scholar of African-American contributions to U.S. foodways. He is the author of several books including Soul Food, won him a 2014 James Beard Foundation award, and The President's Kitchen Cabinet, for which he was nominated for the 2018 NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work - nonfiction. He is also a self-proclaimed "recovering lawyer" and served as a White House advisor to US President Bill Clinton.
I may be most excited to be talking about barbecue, because, as everyone knows, I just opened a barbecue restaurant with my partner, Josh Lee, and Adrian's writing a book on barbecue called "Black Smoke: African-American United States of Barbecue", which is to be released in April of 2021.
Shaun Chavis is a cookbook editor and the CEO of LVNGbook - a customizable cookbook to help people feel more confident about making healthy lifestyle changes, especially people with chronic illnesses. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a culinary arts degree, and a master’s degree in gastronomy from Boston University. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lawrence Weeks dedicated his heart to cooking as a child growing up in a Southern Creole/Cajun household in Louisville, KY. His professional career has spanned 10 years. After culinary school, Weeks seized the opportunity to work with award-winning chef Todd Richards at The Pig and The Pearl in Atlanta, where Richards encouraged Weeks to “find his roots in food.”
After returning to Louisville, Weeks started LocalsOnly, a Louisville pop-up restaurant that focuses on local people, product, and food. The business quickly gained regional traction in the Louisville/Lexington area. Restaurateur Ouita Michel hired Weeks as a chef at Honeywood in 2019 and named him executive chef in October 2019. His recent work focuses on how using sustainably sourced seafood contributes to a healthier environment.
Chef David Rose
On this episode, I am so happy to have another dear friend and culinary brother on the line. Chef David Rose started out at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College, which brought him to Atlanta, and he's become a Food Network TV personality and brand ambassador for Nissan USA and Big Green Egg. As a special events chef & culinary content creator, Chef David Rose works with many high profile brands and professional clientele. Outside of the kitchen, he continues to draw culinary inspiration from his frequent travels. Join in as David shares stories from his past, advice for future chefs, and a whole lot of laughs.
Chef Cleophus J. Hethington (aka Chef Ophus) is a South Florida Native, a U.S. Navy Veteran, and a Chef with 10 years of professional culinary experience at James Beard-nominated restaurants and hotels. Chef Ophus has worked for Michelin star chefs at restaurants all over South Florida and has been featured in the AJC, Atlanta Magazine, Zagat, and more. He recently launched his own spice & small condiment company, Triangular Traded Spices. Listen in to learn more about Chef Ophus!
Authentic and Refreshing
I genuinely enjoyed the first 2 episodes as it is truly an authentic conversation between friends. It’s clear that Chef Todd wants listeners to discover southern food more than just by eating it, but also letting us hear the stories and history of each chef. It’s really a journey where I get listen to their honest and unscripted interactions as they discuss their passions and perspectives. I’ve definitely subscribed and added this to my weekly rotation! I’m excited to listen to the rest of the episodes as I get to know each of these chefs one by one.