32 episodes

Food podcast exposing the stories and life of the Orange County food scene through the hard-working folks in it. Chef Cody Storts, Chef David Mau and Amin Benny from USBG lay the groundwork to start traveling to get perspective of the bar and food scene from within. Fat Drunk N Happy podcast is a focus on society as a whole looking out from kitchens and bars across the Orange County.

Like all things magic in this world, the really important occurrences seem happenstance at the moment but in retrospect, all the pieces have been made to fit custom order. So it is with Fat Drunk And Happy, Orange County, California’s best podcast and newest food and beverage podcast. Featuring OC legends Chef Cody Storts, Chef Dave Mau, and Bartender Amin Benny, Fat Drunk And Happy reveals “inside the insiders” world of the restaurant industry covering the kitchen, the bar and everything in between. All three of the characters have their own viewpoints, strengths, and weakness but where all of them collide is a pretty special place - and a perfect petri dish of insight, humor, and irreverence. So stick around for a bit, “sit a spell” as they would say and enjoy what these three characters have to offer. We’ll be here every week with new stuff for you, our esteemed audience, to enjoy. Cheers!

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Food podcast exposing the stories and life of the Orange County food scene through the hard-working folks in it. Chef Cody Storts, Chef David Mau and Amin Benny from USBG lay the groundwork to start traveling to get perspective of the bar and food scene from within. Fat Drunk N Happy podcast is a focus on society as a whole looking out from kitchens and bars across the Orange County.

Like all things magic in this world, the really important occurrences seem happenstance at the moment but in retrospect, all the pieces have been made to fit custom order. So it is with Fat Drunk And Happy, Orange County, California’s best podcast and newest food and beverage podcast. Featuring OC legends Chef Cody Storts, Chef Dave Mau, and Bartender Amin Benny, Fat Drunk And Happy reveals “inside the insiders” world of the restaurant industry covering the kitchen, the bar and everything in between. All three of the characters have their own viewpoints, strengths, and weakness but where all of them collide is a pretty special place - and a perfect petri dish of insight, humor, and irreverence. So stick around for a bit, “sit a spell” as they would say and enjoy what these three characters have to offer. We’ll be here every week with new stuff for you, our esteemed audience, to enjoy. Cheers!

    @FatDrunkNHappy - Cody's Porch

    @FatDrunkNHappy - Cody's Porch

    On this week's podcast here at Fat Drunk And Happy your hosts Cody Sorts, Amin Benny and Dave Mau jump in for a group food podcast effort to tackle some important restaurant industry topics both here in th Orange County food scene and beyond.

    Dave Mau starts off with touching on the joys of the private Chef world when he relates the story of making a Thanksgiving dinner for some out of towners from Brazil. Te demise of the OC Weekly is on the slab as well, which was quite a loss for OC Foodies. Cody and Amin talk about the Fullerton Cares event they both randomly ended up working and how the Chef narrative feeds into community and culture. Rogue River just won best cheese in the prestigious World Cheese awards, a first for a cheese manufacturer in the United States. Finding balance in the business is also up for grabs in this food podcast episode with Cody talking about finding life balance and preserving mental and physical health, especially in what we refer to as post-Bourdain era. Amin talks about the world's most expensive bottle of whiskey and the time it takes to produce, package and curate a world class spirit. The Michelin Start system is also part of this episode and Dave cops to the fact he never connected the dots on the name. In the discussion is the passing of Gary Regan, a bar world legend who paved the path to what we not think of modern mixology. A crushing blow to the world of spirits and bartending. Jim Mehan in New York id the last topic covered and all three of your hosts circle back to the idea of balance in the industry, an elusive creature indeed.

    • 1 hr
    @FatDrunkNHappy - Bosscat Kitchen and Libations

    @FatDrunkNHappy - Bosscat Kitchen and Libations

    Our podcast team here at Fat Drunk And Happy jump in with owner/operator Leslie Nguyen and Chef Peter Petro from Bosscat Kitchen And Libations to talk shop and dive into the gritty end of opening a restaurant and most importantly staying open. Known as “Bosscat Leslie”, Leslie started out as a bartender in her early 20’s and quickly bought her first shop with tip money. There have been a lot of hard lessons learned as she has built the Bosscat empire along with her slew of other projects. She goes into opening the new location in Old Town Orange in the venerated building that Rod’s Liquor currently calls home. There are challenges in the restaurant business but being a female in the ownership role certainly has even more. Assumptions, stereotypes and plain old judgement have been things that Leslie has had to overcome. From eyelashes to donuts, she has proven her mettle under the most trying of circumstances. Bosscat nailed it in 2019 by being named Best Brunch in Orange County by the Golden Foodie Awards, a well-earned nod to their efforts. Amin Benny touches on Leslie’s background as a bartender and her own podcast and YouTube efforts. She has also embraced sobriety after more than a glancing blow with addiction, a topic that is all too pertinent in the restaurant business with recent cultural losses like Anthony Bourdain.

    Chef Peter Petro came from the corporate side to revive his passion for food with the rollout of the Bosscat concept. He talks food with our own Cody Storts about Tex-Mex, slice jalapeños and the understanding that people eat regionally. He also explains the concept behind the Bosscat burger and the reason they do things they way they do. There is shared understand on this episode of Fat Drunk And Happy that we are all in this together and both Peter Petro and Bosscat Leslie would never ask anyone in their shop to do anything they wouldn’t. You’ll also find out how Cody Storts, Amin Benny, Leslie Nguyen and Peter Petro all feel about Del Taco and the Double Del Burger.

    What does the future hold for the Bosscat team? The sky is obviously the limit and for good reason.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    FDNH [Blinking Owl Distillery]

    FDNH [Blinking Owl Distillery]

    This episode of Fat Drunk N Happy showcases Brian and Robin Christenson, two trailblazers in the Orange County food and beverage scene. They are the heart and soul behind Blinking Owl Distillery, the OC’s first and only distillery. Based a few blocks from the historic environs of Downtown Santa Ana, the created a unique and revered space in a rough and tumble industrial space next to the legendary Logan Barrio - one of the most heartfelt spots in the region. They touch on the construction, architect and permitting challenges they faced.

    Along with Head Distiller Ryan Friesen the explore the complexities and challenges of operating a one-off distillery with all it’s legal and financial hurdles. It is and interesting spot to be in with a lot of regulatory vagueness and mixed signals from the city, county and state. In their case they have a very unique permit structure, a type 74 license, which has a lot of gray area to it and recently landed them on the wrong side of the powers that be, including the state board of Alcoholic Beverage Control. They have been shut down for 25 days due to heavy-handed tactics from regulatory agencies and a few otherwise innocuous misunderstandings about the nature of their tasting room. The the recent shuttering of The OC Weekly they are mourning the loss of a cultural icon but also a trusted ally.

    Flying the flag of the great American Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, they believe that distillers should get the same rights as breweries and wineries. They preach their message of “from grain to glass” while producing unquestionably one of the finest orange vodkas anywhere. And their aquavit isn’t too bad either.

    Tune in for this special podcast to take in the heart and soul of distilling, small business and what it takes to get it done. Cheers!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Honey Pot Meadery and Chef Lockhart's Journey To The Jacket

    Honey Pot Meadery and Chef Lockhart's Journey To The Jacket

    Alex Gonzales owner/head mead maker at Honey Pot Meadery (@honeypotmeadery) in Anaheim jumps onboard with the Fat Drunk And Happy team for an epic food podcast explaining the realm of mead making and how that works in the small business realm. Launched 3 years ago Honey Pot Meadery broke new ground as the only commercial mead making operation in Orange County and certainly blazed a trail for the craft on Southern California. Our food podcast team talks shop and tastes mead ranging from savory to sweet all the while chatting about the things that make us do what we do in food and beverage. Alex also explores culinary thought in brewing and the correlations between fermentation, beverage and food. Landing a spot on Anaheim’s La Palma beer trail, a six mile stretch of road with nine craft breweries, is an appropriate salute to their groundbreaking efforts.


    Also on this episode is Donald Lockhart, Chef De Cuisine for Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. He is a friend a longtime collaborator with our own Amin Benny who worked with Chef Lockart for many years. We talk chef life, kitchen fails and flavor profiles all the while exploring in depth what it’s like to work in one of the Orange County scene’s most upscale resorts. Chef Donald and Alex Gonzalez have also collaborated for awhile with Chef helping him make mead at his location. They are also collaborating on a mead made with bacon fat. We also talk Chef Donald’s epic 49 layer lasagna and what Chef Lockhart called “the journey to the jacket”, a Chef’s road to becoming who they are in the kitchen.

    Here at Fat Drunk N Happy we always strive to bring you the best in the free podcast realm with our food podcast and podcast website dedicated to cooking, chefs story, mixology and what it’s like in the cut throat kitchen realm. Follow us here or via our apple podcast in iTunes to get the latest and greatest from our orange county ca podcast.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    FDnH- Podcast @CDM with Chef Jon & Ravin

    FDnH- Podcast @CDM with Chef Jon & Ravin

    CDM Corona Del Mar@CDMRestaurant
    ChefJon Blackford @JBlack231
    BartenderRavin Buzzell @Ravin1 2019 Golden Foodies Bartender of the Year
    Modern American Cuisine
    Under CDM Speakeasy
    Taking food vacations
    Finding inspiration and always creating new menu items
    Bartender vs Mixologist
    The days when the internet was on paper

    Ravin Buzzell
    Started in Orlando Dueling Piano Bar
    MGM Grand Las Vegas
    Education and sharing what you have
    Finding what people like and making something better
    Shaken or Stirred

    John Blackford
    Started in Pittsburgh
    Culinary Institute of America in New York
    New York vs California food scene
    Michelin Star Ratings
    How to be unique with classical parings of flavors
    Matching the menu to the vibe of the restaurant
    Finding cooks
    5 ingredients to have in your kitchen at all times

    Restaurants make the best leftovers on the planet. Everything tastes better the next day.

    Check us out at https://www.fatdrunknhappy.com/ and follow us in Instagram @fatdrunknhappy

    • 1 hr 7 min
    FatDrunkNHappy_Ep2 - Podcast opening up the world of food and beverage in Orange County. Talking food and cocktail lifestyle

    FatDrunkNHappy_Ep2 - Podcast opening up the world of food and beverage in Orange County. Talking food and cocktail lifestyle

    Fat Drunk N Happy podcast dives into the real-life stories of the people who create, prepare and live the food and beverage world. Based in Orange County California, Cody Storts, David Mau, and Amin Benny go after the conversation surrounding what it takes to win and lose huge in hospitality. Join them weekly as guests from all over the industry sit and talk it out to find a common ground for the California food scene to rest upon.

    In this episode we dive into the second set of podcast introductions with Chef Cody Storts being interviewed by Chef Dave Mau and Amin Benny. Chef Cody Storts talks about the development of his culinary career from working fast food at McDonald’s, catering the Coachella Music Festival and opening multiple properties around Orange County and the Fullerton area. We explore his mindset surrounding the podcast world including his inspiration listening to the Joe Rogan podcast the the journey he took to being the mastermind behind Fat Drunk N Happy, Orange County’s most erudite and well-informed food podcast. With many influences local and national, including David Chang, Anthony Bourdain and Rick Bayless (all with their own Chefs story), Chef Cody Storts reveals the mindset behind what we do as Top Chef and how the pieces all fir together. Launching a free podcast in any realm can be challenging, all the while balancing life as a father and husband, but in this episode the touches on the best podcasts of 2018 and explains his game about cooking. With a welcome assist from his compatriots here at Fat Drunk N Happy we take a deep dive into the world of food podcasts and get an idea of what makes an effective food psychology podcast. Is Cody a pampered Chef? We are about to find out about that as well. Cooking is an art, so is talking about it and Chef Cody Storts explains it all in this episode.

    Check us out at https://www.fatdrunknhappy.com/ and follow us in Instagram @fatdrunknhappy

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

Jaclyn Johnson ,

Best addition to my podcast listens!!

These guys are so great!!!!! It’s nice listening to natural conversation with pro’s in the industry. If you live in CA, add this podcast to your regular listen list.

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He's killing it! Love this podcast!

Great insights for the overman and the working man!

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Once a Chef...

Always a chef. If you ever wondered what is like to be a chef or what talk about on the daily then listen to this podcast. I used to be a chef and this made me miss the life. Great job Chefs

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