23 episodes

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.

Soul by Chef Todd Richards Heritage Radio Network

    • Arts
    • 4.1 • 7 Ratings

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.

    Chef Christan Willis

    Chef Christan Willis

    Atlanta native Chef Christan Willis started her culinary career at age 15 working in a fine dining restaurant. Since then she has drawn upon her African American, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander roots to craft fine cuisine which has propelled her to the status of celebrity chef. Beyond the several acclaimed restaurants she has worked with, she has also appeared on the Today Show, Cooks vs. Cons, Raid the Fridge, Hallmark Home and Family, HLN, and Netflix’s newly released show Pressure Cooker.

    • 30 min
    Chef Stephan Durand

    Chef Stephan Durand

    We've got a special holiday treat for Soul listeners. This is one of 4 episodes we recorded earlier in the year. Together they cover a wide range of topics celebrating the rich history of Afro-Cuisine, and tell the story of this cuisine through the eyes of diverse food culture.

    Chef Stephan Durand has known food was his calling since High School, and has had passion for Haitian food, along with other Caribbean and Latin flavors, since even before then. He is the president and founder of the Haitian Cultural Alliance, and co-captain of Haiti’s National Culinary Team. He also has owned and operated his own food service, personal chef, and instructional business, Culinary by Design, since 2007. Recently, he has helped to produce Haiti’s Food & Spirits Festival: Gout et Saveurs Lakay.

    • 52 min
    Clay Williams

    Clay Williams

    We've got a special holiday treat for Soul listeners. This is one of 4 episodes we recorded earlier in the year. Together they cover a wide range of topics celebrating the rich history of Afro-Cuisine, and tell the story of this cuisine through the eyes of diverse food culture.

    In the past 15 years, photographer Clay Williams has documented everything from kitchens helmed by Michelin-starred chefs to the fields where the animals we eat graze. His images have transported us to Argentina, South Louisiana, Paris, the Bronx, and beyond. This year Clay photographed the food and stories of Chef Kwame Onwuachi and Ms. Emily Meggett.

    • 51 min
    CMC Daryl Shular

    CMC Daryl Shular

    We've got a special holiday treat for Soul listeners. This is one of 4 episodes we recorded earlier in the year. Together they cover a wide range of topics celebrating the rich history of Afro-Cuisine, and tell the story of this cuisine through the eyes of diverse food culture.

    Chef Daryl Shular, CMC, has had a rich career in the culinary industry. He is the founder of Shular Hospitality Group, and owner of Shular Institue, PlateED Cooking School, and Farmed Kitchen + Bar in Georgia.

    • 47 min
    Chef Deborah VanTrece

    Chef Deborah VanTrece

    Chef Deborah VanTrece is known for her elevated Soul Food as an owner of Twisted Soul. Chef VanTrece's Cookbook, Twisted Soul, has garnished many awards and serves as an inspiration to novice cooks as well as Chefs from all backgrounds. In this episode, we talk about her history in food, her cookbook, as well as pathways for minorities into the food business.

    • 44 min
    Chef Kevin Mitchell

    Chef Kevin Mitchell

    Chef Kevin Mitchell of the Culinary Institute of Charleston in Charleston, SC, has professional interests that far exceed the confines of the kitchen. Disciplined and driven, he earned two degrees from the Culinary Institute of America and went on to hone his craft with hands-on experience at restaurants including Sun Dial in Atlanta, Seldom Blues Supper Club in Detroit, and the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel. In 2008, he joined the faculty in Charleston as its first African-American chef, where he still teaches. Beyond the classroom, throughout the years, he’s created special events that honor black culinary ancestors, been an SC Chef Ambassador, and now, along with Episode 65’s Dr. David Shields, has co-authored Taste the State: South Carolina's Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories. At 51, Kevin is as passionate as ever about scholarship, inspiration for the next generation, and the perfect way to debone a fish.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Padpadz ,

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.

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