9 episodes

Driven by cultural curiosity, celebrity chef Hugh Acheson is a globetrotter who travels the world for his acclaimed cooking and his television appearances, and he knows the best way to understand a destination starts with a good meal. This new travel podcast takes listeners off the beaten path with Hugh’s opinionated anecdotes and insights on where to go, what to eat, who to meet, what to do, where to stay – as well as what overrated tourist experiences to avoid. Episodes focus on a single destination, be it Havana, Cuba or Cincinnati, Ohio, and dig into its unique culture through food, music, literature and cinema. There’s narrative storytelling, interviews, and a whole lot of exploration.

The Passenger with Hugh Acheson iHeartRadio

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.5 • 24 Ratings

Driven by cultural curiosity, celebrity chef Hugh Acheson is a globetrotter who travels the world for his acclaimed cooking and his television appearances, and he knows the best way to understand a destination starts with a good meal. This new travel podcast takes listeners off the beaten path with Hugh’s opinionated anecdotes and insights on where to go, what to eat, who to meet, what to do, where to stay – as well as what overrated tourist experiences to avoid. Episodes focus on a single destination, be it Havana, Cuba or Cincinnati, Ohio, and dig into its unique culture through food, music, literature and cinema. There’s narrative storytelling, interviews, and a whole lot of exploration.

    What I've Been Up To Under COVID-19 And Putting The Passenger On Pause

    What I've Been Up To Under COVID-19 And Putting The Passenger On Pause

    Hey there, fellow passengers. Thought I should give you all an update on what's going on with me, with the show, and with the world. Since March 15, I shuttered my restaurants and recalibrated them to serve 7,000 meals a week to those in need, both emergency workers and underserved communities. So that has kept me busy. I'm not traveling, obviously, and so a travel show is not, shall we say, pertinent to the current state of the world. So for the time being, I'm going to focus on doing the good that I can do, and we'll be hitting "pause" on The Passenger for right now. We'll be back. Until then, take care of yourselves, take care of each other, and wash your hands. If you want to keep up, follow me @hughacheson on Twitter and Insta. Thanks for listening.
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    • 3 min
    Shut Down: How The Biggest Little Farm Is Coping With The Threat Of COVID-19

    Shut Down: How The Biggest Little Farm Is Coping With The Threat Of COVID-19

    As we hit the one month mark for the growing COVID-19 pandemic, we find both increasing uncertainty and devastation, but also small things to find some hope in—the CARES Act to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic will provide some relief and means that some folks in the restaurant industry may get to reopen. But the hospitality industry is just that—an industry, with supply chains and connections which reach further than the dining room and the kitchen. So this week I'm talking to Molly Chester. She's co-founder, farmer and chef at Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, California. Her and her husband John are dedicated to biologically diverse and sustainable farming and I wanted to find out how this pandemic was affecting their work.
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    • 25 min
    Shut Down: Pandemics and Restaurants Do Not Mix

    Shut Down: Pandemics and Restaurants Do Not Mix

    We are in strange times, my friends. You know what the deal is — COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus is spreading, infecting and killing people on a scale we're entirely unprepared for. And on the front lines of its commercial victims, anyway, is the hospitality industry. My industry. Strange and scary times, indeed. So while we can't travel or even be within six feet of other people, we're going to shift our focus to the matter at hand. I'm bunkered down at home in Athens and while I'm here, I'll be talking to colleagues to try to figure out the scope of this thing and a way forward. This week, I'm talking to James Beard semi-finalist Chris Wilkins of Atlanta's Root Baking Co., about these shutdowns we are both still reeling from and figuring out, and what it could mean for the restaurant industry as a whole.
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    • 36 min
    Away Message — Take Care Of Yourselves And Wash Your Hands

    Away Message — Take Care Of Yourselves And Wash Your Hands

    Hey Passengers, thanks for checking in with us this week. Things are upside down right now as you probably know. We are taking this week off to attend to the many fires that need extinguishing and when we return, we hope to bring you conversations on what is happening now.
    Take care of yourselves, wash your hands, we'll be back soon.
    In the meantime you can keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram @hughacheson
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    • 1 min
    The Europe Next Door of Montreal, Québec

    The Europe Next Door of Montreal, Québec

    Living in our hometowns and going to work and living our lives day-to-day, it's easy to forget just how enormous North America is and the wide range of places and experiences it holds. We have a lot of opportunities here to see something different within a short flight, and one of those places that really holds something different and special is a place I used to live in my teens and early 20s, and that's Montreal, Quebec, in Canada. It is an amazingly international and chic, artistic city that's easy to get around on foot. And with its mix of cultures, its open air markets, its architecture and scenery, it may be the closest thing North America has to a European city. And it's right next door.
    This episode, I'll also talk to Paul Harry Touissant, executive chef of Agrikol, a Haitian restaurant owned by another pair of Montreal celebrities, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of the Arcade Fire.
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    • 57 min
    The Hustle And The Heart Of Havana

    The Hustle And The Heart Of Havana

    Havana, Cuba is a place you should try to get to and if you do get there, be ready to be immersed in a culture that is all about getting by. In this episode, I'll talk about some of my — let's say eccentric experiences there and the sort of things you should be, yes, prepared for, but also just as importantly, open to, from restaurants facing shortages of supplies, to very limited internet service, to getting hustled for cigars. It's all a part of this larger picture of a people who, despite what they lack, are happy and friendly and welcoming.
    Speaking of hustle, I'll also talk to Afro-Cuban sensation Cimafunk about recording in France and where he likes to grab a drink when he's home.
    Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @hughacheson 

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

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Great when you want to travel!

As a couple who enjoys traveling this podcast is fun to listen to....I have been sitting with a notebook open to write down all the places I might need to see on my next trip!

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