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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.

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    • 4.7 • 331 Ratings

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.

    A Small Step Towards Ending Hunger (Not Just Managing It)

    A Small Step Towards Ending Hunger (Not Just Managing It)

    Tom and Food Research and Action Center Ellen Vollinger and Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern discuss the historic permanent increase to the decades-old Thrifty Food Plan coming in October 2021.
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    • 58 min
    Black Business Month w/ Korsha Wilson

    Black Business Month w/ Korsha Wilson

    Tom talks with food critic and A Hungry Society Podcast host Korsha Wilson about supporting black culinary artists and relishing American dining experiences.
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    • 33 min
    Mental Health and Food Service Workers w/ Giving Kitchen

    Mental Health and Food Service Workers w/ Giving Kitchen

    Tom and Giving Kitchen co-founder Jen Hidinger-Kendrick discuss the state of mental health in the restaurant industry, how the pandemic has added pressure and hardship to some circumstances, and what Giving Kitchen does to support people in the restaurant industry. We learn how Giving Kitchen reaches food service workers, and discuss common issues affecting an industry that offers a comfort to so many.
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    • 50 min
    Sowing Seed Stories w/ Hudson Valley Seed Company

    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.
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    • 38 min
    The State of Food Policy w/ Congressman Blumenauer

    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.
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    • 48 min
    Reclaiming Food w/ Justin Kamine of Do Good Foods

    Reclaiming Food w/ Justin Kamine of Do Good Foods

    Reclaiming the food you threw away and up cycling it into nutrient-dense animal feed.
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
331 Ratings

331 Ratings

Victoria Spruiell ,

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!

LBLCt ,

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!

Enyerie ,

One of the best

This is one of the best podcasts out there! So informative, love listening to Tom and his knowledge and passion for what he’s done in his industry. I have always respected him and even more so now!

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