Tom Colicchio has issues with food! Citizen Chef is about what we eat, where and who it comes from, and the politics, decisions, policies and people that shape our food system – with the goal of turning curious listeners into more informed, engaged citizens. Restaurateur, activist and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio dives into food and policy issues with lawmakers, journalists and food producers by connecting the dots of how our food system really works – and really doesn’t – all while remaining positive and presenting attainable solutions to some of the biggest food issues out there.
Season Finale: True Cost Accounting w/ Lisa Held
What does our food really cost? Who foots the bill?
A Small Step Towards Ending Hunger (Not Just Managing It)
Tom and SNAP experts discuss the historic permanent increase to the decades-old Thrifty Food Plan beginning October 2021.
Black Business Month w/ Korsha Wilson
Tom talks with food critic and A Hungry Society Podcast host Korsha Wilson about supporting black culinary artists.
Mental Health and Food Service Workers w/ Giving Kitchen
Tom and Giving Kitchen co-founder Jen Hidinger-Kendrick talk about eating, drinking and doing good in the restaurant industry.
Sowing Seed Stories w/ Hudson Valley Seed Company
Tom talks with Hudson Valley Seed Company Co-Founder and Creative Director Ken Greene about heirlooms, seed sovereignty and how seeds reflect human history.
The State of Food Policy w/ Congressman Blumenauer
Tom and Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon discuss the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and have a wide-ranging discussion about where legislation around environment and food intersect.
Background and hope for solutions to our sustainability challenges — right where we live — our love of food!
Just discovered this podcast!
Just found out about this podcast and absolutely loved it! I really liked learning about the inner workings of the USDA during your most recent episode. Looking forward to the next one!
Food System Primer
Informative and relatable. I hope more people will listen and be concerned about our complex food system issues. Together we can improve it!