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Do you daydream about dropping everything and opening a restaurant, or starting your own brand of condiments? So many trailblazers in the food world actually started their careers in entirely different fields. How did these folks decide to hit the brakes, start over, and become inspiring chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers and activists they are today? Hear their stories and learn how you too can fulfill your food dreams. New episodes available every Thursday. If you made a leap of faith to work in the food industry and want to share your story, please get in touch at why food@heritageradionetwork.org.

Why Food? Heritage Radio Network

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    • 4.8 • 28 Ratings

Do you daydream about dropping everything and opening a restaurant, or starting your own brand of condiments? So many trailblazers in the food world actually started their careers in entirely different fields. How did these folks decide to hit the brakes, start over, and become inspiring chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers and activists they are today? Hear their stories and learn how you too can fulfill your food dreams. New episodes available every Thursday. If you made a leap of faith to work in the food industry and want to share your story, please get in touch at why food@heritageradionetwork.org.

    Barkha Cardoz: Making Masalas to Remember Floyd Cardoz

    Barkha Cardoz: Making Masalas to Remember Floyd Cardoz

    Join us for a conversation with Barkha Cardoz, wife of the late Chef Floyd Cardoz and architect of the new line of Floyd Cardoz Legacy Masalas in partnership with Ethan's spice company Burlap & Barrel. Barkha received her culinary training at The Institute of Hotel management in Mumbai, India and worked in the Development department at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ. With her husband, she managed their Bombay Bread Bar in New York City from 2016 to 2019 and oversaw fundraising events for The Young Scientist Foundation, founded in 2011 with Floyd’s $110,000 Top Chef Masters win. Barkha is currently the Managing Member of Cardoz Legacy LLC, where she actively executes ongoing legacy projects including the FC + B&B Collaboration Masala spice line.

    • 49 min
    An Dao & Peter Wei: Tiger Sate

    An Dao & Peter Wei: Tiger Sate

    Join us for a converstaion with An Dao and Peter Wei, spouses and cofounders of Pantry by Nature and Tiger Sate. They both have a medical research background, but when work was halted during the pandemic, they decided to use this unexpected free time to launch Tiger Saté, a Vietnamese-style lemongrass chili sauce for health-conscious foodies. An grew up in Vietnam and learned cooking from my grandmother, from starting the wood stove to helping cook the family dinner. In Vietnam, everyday food is made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. But when I came to America, I found that all too often, food was made with preservatives, MSG, and an eye to the bottom line. Unless you visit Vietnam or know a Vietnamese grandma, real Vietnamese food is hard to find. That’s why she created Tiger Saté. I wanted an authentic Vietnamese hot sauce that was made from fresh ingredients, with no preservatives or shortcuts.

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    • 41 min
    John DeBary: The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

    John DeBary: The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

    Join Vallery and Ethan for a conversation with John deBary, co-founder and board president of the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, a nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life of hospitality employees. He got his start in the hospitality industry bartending in 2008 at PDT, the world-famous and James Beard Award-winning New York speakeasy. He joined the acclaimed Momofuku restaurant group a year later, where he was the group’s bar director until 2018. John is now the CEO and founder of Proteau, a non-alcoholic botanical drinks company. He lives in New York City with his husband and cat.

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    • 51 min
    Kristen Miglore: Genius Recipes

    Kristen Miglore: Genius Recipes

    Join us for a conversation with Kristen Miglore, Founding Editor of the website Food52. Kristen abandoned a career in economics in 2007 to work in food media, tackling a master's degree in food studies from New York University and a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education along the way. She is the author of the award winning cookbooks Genius Recipes and Genius Desserts.

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    • 48 min
    Tiffany Langston: Tiffany Tastes

    Tiffany Langston: Tiffany Tastes

    Join us for a conversation with Tiffany Langston! Tiffany is a storyteller, content creator, and digital strategist with over a decade of experience at the intersection of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She is on the board of Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation and volunteers with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, and Meals on Wheels. She’s also a James Beard-nominated food writer, and in her spare time, she plays poker and figure skates.

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    • 49 min
    Sylvie Charles & Liselle Pires: Just Date Syrup

    Sylvie Charles & Liselle Pires: Just Date Syrup

    Join us for a conversation with Sylvie Charles and Liselle Pires, founders of Just Date Syrup. Sylvie is a medical doctor who, after experimenting with low-sugar achaars and chutneys, turned the dates into a syrup, and realized she had struck on something powerful and decide to build a company around it. Liselle started her career in tech, and while at Microsoft, realized that she wanted to make a bigger impact on health - to shift how the masses thought about and consumed food every day.

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

sarahbcarleton ,

Thank you 🙏🏼

Food is such a big part of my family and how we communicate. But beyond that listening to people passionate about their work and how it impacts others has been such a privilege and encouragement to hear. As an artist who likewise is in a challenging field to be in the midst of I’m inspired and encouraged by so many in the food industry that are looking to create good in this creative and challenging industry. Thank you.

Marcy D27 ,

Really interesting convos about the food world

Vallery and Ethan have great chemistry and ask the guests really good questions. Always an inspiring conversation!

Katie Joy B. ,

Food Made Fascinating

Talented hosts and fascinating guests combined with engaging chat makes the Why Food? podcast a MUST listen! Even if you're not a foodie, you're sure to enjoy the more than interesting stories behind these phenomenal career changes. Thanks for putting out such a great show guys - keep up the great work!

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