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MUNCHIES: The Podcast

We’re going to be talking to famous chefs, celebrities, the food-obsessed, food-averse, and everyone in between, asking them questions about current food culture and the culinary world that no one else is.
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Jul 18, 2017

Sean is host of the hit YouTube show Hot Ones where he interviews celebs while torturing them with hot sauce. Today, we're flipping the script and serving him some fire straight from our forthcoming MUNCHIES cookbook. We'll talk chili addiction, the cult of spice, and weigh our own tolerance against the Scoville scale.  

Jun 27, 2017

Find out exactly what you should be eating and drinking this summer. Munchies Editor-in-chief Helen Hollyman sits down with Broadly astrologer Annabel Gat to get the scoop on your food future.

Jun 21, 2017

It’s summer, which means it’s time for day drinking, sunburns, and epic grilling parties. To kick things off, we're digging into one of the season's essentials: the hamburger. And to do that, we're heading to one of the world’s most traveled burger destinations: Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. Joining us is Mark Rosati, Shake Shack culinary director and genius behind the menu.

May 9, 2017

When in serious trouble, most people would call a lawyer. But when restaurant people are in over their heads, they call John Bil.  And for today’s episode, we did exactly that. John is the owner of a fish counter and restaurant called Honest Weight. He’s a champion oyster shucker and the most legendary fishmonger in Canada. And when you need him—he'll be there.

Apr 27, 2017

We've left NYC and just touched down in Canada. Today, in our first of two episodes from Toronto, we're meeting Nick Chen-Yin, chef and owner of Smoke Signals.  Nick's parents are ethnic Chinese, known as Hakka, who came to Toronto via Jamaica. He's combining his unique outlook with the best of the American South to create a distinctly Canadian style of BBQ. Tune in as we explore Toronto's incredible cultural diversity and learn some secrets from the pitmaster of the Great White North.

Apr 20, 2017

Our dear friend Matty Matheson is here at VICE Headquarters and hungry for a heart-to-heart convo.  We learn about the fast life before fame, how to win at Instagram, and why he doesn't care if no one ever calls him chef again.  Tune in as we hand him the mic for the longest, and most intimate, MUNCHIES episode ever.

Mar 28, 2017

Karaoke is your friend. Today, we're taking you to Manhattan's Chinatown and meeting up with the incredible Gerardo Gonzalez, chef and owner of Lalito. He's going to help us celebrate the legend of Winnie's, the greatest karaoke dive bar that ever was.

Mar 14, 2017

Today, we're meeting the chef who brought craft beer to the White House. Sam Kass served essential roles in the Obama Administration, from Assistant White House Chef, to Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition, to Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign. We're catching up with Sam at Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn – it's the perfect place to grab a drink and try to extract some state secrets.

Feb 9, 2017

Before she was editor-in-chief of MUNCHIES, Helen Hollyman paid the bills by selling truffles. Today, we're meeting up with her old boss, Ian Purkayastha, one of NYC's most renown truffle dealers. Ian built his reputation on quality products, but he's famous among chefs for another reason.

Dec 23, 2016

Anthony Bourdain takes time out of his insane travel schedule to meet us in New York's legendary Bemelmans Bar for a piano-side holiday chat.  We down enough gin to get heart-to-heart and talk about everything that matters in 2016 and beyond.

Dec 6, 2016

Anh Lê came to Denmark as a child refugee following the Vietnam War. A remarkable cultural exchange ensued. She introduced authentic Vietnamese cuisine to Scandinavia and remains on a mission to spread the wonder of fish sauce within her adopted homeland and beyond.

Nov 22, 2016

Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is the man behind cult brewery Mikkeller. On this third installment from our Copenhagen series, we catch up with Mikkel for a few pints and learn about his start as a brewer, his love-hate relationship with beer nerds, and the plans he's hatched to infiltrate North Korea.

Nov 8, 2016

On this second episode from our Copenhagen series, we're heading to the Danish countryside with the inimitable chef Christian Puglisi to scope out his Farm of Ideas, milk some cows, and learn about the school for gastronomy and sustainable agriculture he has in the works.

Oct 31, 2016

Colin Spoelman is master distiller at Kings County Distillery and an expert on the history of spirits - liquid and spectral.  This Halloween, Colin takes us to Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery to meet some permanent residents and explore the myths and legends of famous distillers buried just a few feet below our own.

Oct 25, 2016

We landed in Copenhagen and headed straight to the notorious Christiania neighborhood to meet Matt Orlando, owner and head chef of Copenhagen's Amass.

At a small cafe along Pusher Street, he briefs us on the history of this anarchist micro-state, lays out his framework of eco-conscious deliciousness, and explains why this age-old city continues to captivate chefs around the globe.

Oct 11, 2016
Today, we dive into one of the most incredible experiences fine dining has to offer: kaiseki cuisine. Combining hyper-local, foraged ingredients with refined Japanese technique, trailblazing Chef Niki Nakayama is redefining the traditional, multi-course Japanese meal at her acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant n/naka. 
 
Helen Hollyman joins Chef Nakayama, her life-partner and sous-chef Carole Iida-Nakayama and renowned forager Pascal Baudar to explore the past, present and future of this mythic culinary tradition.  
Sep 27, 2016

I’m speaking to Courtney McBroom, owner and creator of the retro-inspired catering company, Large Marge and Leslie Discher to discuss why they are picking up where Betty Crocker left off.

Sep 13, 2016

Los Angeles is a city that has some of America’s greatest culinary diversity; the place where many use the term “ethnic food” to describe the city's sprawling food landscape. I reached out to Andrew Ti, a comedian and the creator of the blog and podcast, Yo, Is This Racist? to get his impressions on the issues that the culinary world faces when describing, writing, and reinterpreting food from other cultures. 

Aug 30, 2016

On the fourth episode from our LA series, we’re falling straight into the center of a demented wino k-hole with chef Kris Yenbamroong of award-winning Thai restaurants Night Market and Night Market Song to discuss how a new generation of young winemakers is changing the cultural b.s. that comes with wine drinking. We’ll also get into why Kris wants people to come to his restaurant, order wine, and leave.

Aug 16, 2016

On the third episode from our LA series, we’re heading to Koreatown to drink up downtown LA on a michelada bus with the powerhouse siblings behind the James Beard-award winning Oaxacan restaurant, La Guelaguetza, to discuss how this restaurant has become the unofficial LA Oaxacan consulate, or the heartbeat of what many people refer to as “Oaxacalifornia.

Aug 2, 2016

On today’s episode, we’re eating veggie burgers at BurgerLords, a burger-walk up in LA’s Chinatown with the band YACHT. Besides making music together, Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans are writers, artists, and the developers behind the popular app “5 Every Day,” a curated list of rad things to do in Los Angeles. Over burgers, I wanted to get YACHT’S impressions on why this town is one of the fastest growing cities for creative types, discuss some of the strange histories behind some of the city’s best restaurant spaces, how they go about curating the app, and why LA rewards curiosity.

Jul 19, 2016

On the first episode from our LA series, we eat fried shrimp tacos with Pulitzer Prize winning food writer, Jonathan Gold, and discuss LA’s changing food scene, how technology has changed food culture, and why he knows Dr. Dre so well.

Jul 5, 2016

On today’s episode, we’re taking you into the legendary Austin bar, Dry Creek Cafe, where the likes of Willie Nelson have been kicked out. The spot’s late owner, Crazy Sarah, used to run things around here with an iron fist. It’s the place where you can learn how to be Texan, even if you ain’t one. So crack a Lonestar and tune in to hear some Texan bar stories—like how a sea turtle drinks a beer—with Dry Creek’s bartender, Angel Olson.

Jun 21, 2016

I head over to East Austin—a.k.a. the city's hipster den— to check out an unusual urban farm with chef Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie, one of the best contemporary Southern restaurants in the country. I sat down with Michael to discuss why he decided to open Olamaie, the difference between Southern and Texan cuisine, and find out who the real Olamaie is. 

Jun 8, 2016

On the latest episode, I sit down with culinary historian Michael Twitty to discuss his new book, The Cooking Gene, and his open letter to chef Sean Brock, which addresses current racial inequalities in the Charleston food scene.

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