CAFE Talks Podcast

Sep 22, 2021, 16:41
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 32 – The Teacher's Calling

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 32 – The Teacher's Calling

What keeps you up at night and what pushes you to jump out of bed in the morning? Is it angst over work left undone, or projects on the horizon that you are not sure how to approach? Or…is it that next great idea and the desire to bring it to fruition? From an early age we are wired to think, to learn, and to build. It is this desire to create that excites us…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 31 – One Cook at a Time

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 31 – One Cook at a Time

Chef to entrepreneur, entrepreneur to trainer, trainer to teacher, teacher to innovative leader – thus is the career track for Chef Warren Leigh. His passion for food and service began as a son of a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army – living in Germany, studying in France and Switzerland, and becoming a commis to Madeleine Kamman. This chef who speaks three languages and, with his wife, owned and operated six restaurant concepts – made…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 30 – Farm, Family, Passion, Career, Life

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 30 – Farm, Family, Passion, Career, Life

One of America’s most inspiring destinations is tucked away in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Blackberry Farm has grown to represent the very best in farm to table, sustainable practices, appreciation for the land, excellence in culinary arts, and creating an environment for team members that is inclusive, supportive, and still demanding of excellence. Sarah Steffan grew up in a hard-working family, a large family influenced by the example set by her parents – an…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 29 – The Life-Changing International Experience

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 29 – The Life-Changing International Experience

Do we tend to discount and fear what we don’t know? Are untapped experiences a gap in real learning? The Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) has embraced an international presence for its programs, both here and abroad for decades. “This is where students learn to accept ambiguity, become real problem solvers, experience the joys and challenges of pure trust, and become better citizens of the world” states Jim Myers, Associate Provost of International Education and…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 28 – Excellence is a Team Effort

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 28 – Excellence is a Team Effort

Moving the bar from good to great is driven by a commitment to building a team, engaging their thoughts, and aligning everyone with the concept of excellence in everything they do. Great is not a destination, but rather an attitude that even the smallest of tasks deserves the very best effort and those involved never being truly content – always striving to improve. Great is the polar opposite of mediocre and in an environment of…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 27 – The Legend of Auguste Escoffier

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 27 – The Legend of Auguste Escoffier

“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.” This was the core of Chef Auguste Escoffier’s beliefs and the basis by which he established standards of organization, conduct, and excellence in cooking. Michel Escoffier, the chef’s great grandson has made it his mission to present, perpetuate, and grow the legacy and teachings of the Escoffier name. Listen to this podcast interview with Michel and know that the King of Chefs and Chef of Kings promoted…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 26 – The Cuisine of the Sun

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 26 – The Cuisine of the Sun

Growing up in the home of Chef Roger Verge and his wife Denise – Cordelia Verge was likely unaware, at an early age, just how influential her parents were. The “Cuisine of the Sun” or the new style of French cooking was the way that Chef Verge approached his craft. Bringing out the natural flavors of ingredients without masking them with excessive sauce work, butter and cream, was what Verge saw as natural – chefs…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 25 – Work Ethic - Making the Commitment

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 25 – Work Ethic - Making the Commitment

Club and resort chef in quality, high-volume kitchens to classrooms preparing the next generation of cooks – Chef Pliska has always wanted to be in a position to give back. He feels fortunate to have enjoyed the work and positions that he held in operations from Washington, DC to Dusseldorf – West Germany. Today, he spends his time mentoring students at Ozark Technical Community College – a place where he has found his calling.“It’s all…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 24 – Branding your Culinary Program

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 24 – Branding your Culinary Program

Carpenter or chef – the choices were there and a chance visit to a culinary classroom solidified his decision. Frank Costantino loved cooking since he was very young helping his dad cook at home on the weekends. Little did he know at that time that his life would be filled with the challenges and joys of being a chef and educator. From an early beginning when a guidance counselor proclaimed that he was not college…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 23 – A Master Chef's Perspective

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 23 – A Master Chef's Perspective

From a young teenage boy in Detroit riding his Stingray bike to that first job as a dishwasher to one of America’s extraordinary Certified Master Chefs – Dan Hugelier talks about his journey. Those humble beginnings of mastering four egg pans and a griddle as breakfast cook to earning gold medals in the Culinary Olympics – this exceptional chef demonstrated the craftsmanship, discipline, inquisitiveness, willingness to learn, and talent necessary to be at the top…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 22 – The Healing Power of Food

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 22 – The Healing Power of Food

An accomplished restaurant and resort chef, former executive chef for the enormously complex Opryland Hotel, leader of the Culinary Team at London’s Olympic Park and Stadium, Certified Executive Chef and Board Member of The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation – shifts his career direction to healthcare foodservice operations. Working as Corporate R and D Chef for Morrison Healthcare – Chef Jeffrey Quasha is as enthusiastic about his current position and as passionate about his role…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 21 – Making a Difference

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 21 – Making a Difference

Food Truck Entrepreneur to serial restaurateur opening Mission Chinese in San Francisco and New York, operator of what Bon Appetit called one of the 10 Best New Restaurants, and one of the most important restaurants in America; James Beard semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant, and chef/operator of The Perennial – an environmentally sustainable restaurant. Recently, the James Beard Foundation as their Humanitarian of the Year recognized Chef Myint and his organization. Chef Anthony Myint is…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 20 – The Foundations Open Many Doors

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 20 – The Foundations Open Many Doors

Sometimes it’s a spark of interest at an early age, for others it may come late in life – but many young cooks experience that a’ha moment when it becomes clear that a career in the kitchen is just the ticket for them. Those who achieve their goals do so through a commitment to the foundations of cooking and the transferable skills that a kitchen can provide. Join us for an insightful discussion with Chef…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 19 – Breaking Bread

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 19 – Breaking Bread

Ah… artisan bread – such a gift, such an incredible statement of craftsmanship, such an important part of the human experience. Those who work with the four primary ingredients of bread: flour, salt, water and yeast (or starter) are a special breed. They are individuals who dedicate their lives and passion to mastering the process of mixing, shaping, proofing, and baking those incredible loaves of goodness. The job is physical, emotional, and at some level…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 18 – A Pastry Chefs Last Impression

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 18 – A Pastry Chefs Last Impression

A touch of chocolate, the crunch of a tuile cookie, some fresh fruit, crème anglaise on the plate, and a quenelle of mocha gelato – this is an incredible end to a memorable meal. The role of the pastry chef is to create these memories, to solidify the guest experience and to keep them wanting more. Whether it is a flaky croissant, a fresh fruit Bavarian, beautiful chocolate truffles, fondant coated petite fours glace, or…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 17 – On the Threshold of a Dream

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 17 – On the Threshold of a Dream

Every chef has the dream of entrepreneurship, yet only a few are willing and able to take the leap. Regardless – the dream remains alive throughout a chef’s career. Those who are able to bring their dream to fruition understand that there will be sacrifices, but those who succeed know that compromising what they believe in is not an option. Join us for a lively and candid interview with Chef Tim Hardiman – chef/owner of…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 16 – You can't cook what you don't really know

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 16 – You can't cook what you don't really know

That simple dish that your grandmother made – a dish likely passed down from her grandmother is more than just a memory. That dish reflects an understanding of source, tradition, culture, family, good times and challenging ones, economics and place. As important as it is for young cooks to understand how to cook, it is equally important to know the history of why to cook a certain way – what brought that dish to this…

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CAFÉ Talks Ep. 15 – Team Building Through Competition

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 15 – Team Building Through Competition

When a person has that a’ha moment, you know that moment when he or she thinks: “This is what I was meant to do with my life”. At that moment there is a rush of adrenaline that provides the fuel for a sense of purpose. It may be said that people choose a career, but with chefs the rule is that the career chooses them. From that point on, a person becomes a sponge –…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 14 – One Cup at a Time

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 14 – One Cup at a Time

Coffee is the universal elixir, the beverage that keeps our personal motors running, a boost of energy or a soothing friend, the start to our day and the end to a great meal – coffee is an integral part of our every day. Those who are deeply involved with the history, agriculture, traditions, brewing techniques and artistry of presenting the perfect cup are also pillars of local communities and supporters of the conversations that bring…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 13 – Creativity from Life Experience

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 13 – Creativity from Life Experience

The food industry provides limitless opportunities for careerists – opportunities that are incredibly diverse. As you walk through your local grocery outlet or browse through that vendor’s catalog of ingredients at a chef’s disposal – it is enlightening to note that there is a product development person behind each one of those ingredients on the shelf or in the catalog. Each product is the result of tireless ideation, testing, tasting, scaling for production, subjected to…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 12 – The Last Magnificent

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 12 – The Last Magnificent

We all have an opportunity to make a difference or as Steve Jobs once said: “Make a dent in the universe”. Some of us work hard at pushing change and opening minds while others simply sit back and wonder what could have been. CAFÉ Talks is proud to offer a conversation with Chef Jeremiah Tower - a truly remarkable chef/restaurateur who made such a dent introducing the world to California Cuisine, partnering with Alice Waters…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 11 – The Attributes that we should be nurturing

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 11 – The Attributes that we should be nurturing

A systems advocate throughout his career – Kevin O’Donnell has taken his career from convention center management to high-end hotels, a Sun Valley exclusive dude ranch to elegant New England country inns, and busy co-op grocery stores to teaching kitchens and dining rooms of hospitality and culinary schools in New York and Vermont. A problem solver, logistics manager, creative thinker and mentor to many – Kevin stands out as a true example of leadership in…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 10 – The Educational Experience

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 10 – The Educational Experience

A highly successful chef chooses a different direction – a chance to give back, to be a mentor for others, to open eyes and open doors – to teach. Years later, his personal accomplishments are transformed into student accomplishments. He built a program based on an experience that goes beyond the classroom and beyond the curriculum. He created and maintains lifelong connections with students who became part of his commitment as a teacher. Join CAFÉ…

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CAFÉ Talks Ep. 09 – Changing the world - one student at a time

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 09 – Changing the world - one student at a time

A seasoned chef, Ph.D. in food studies, culinary educator, program administrator, research chef, sustainability advocate, and food waste warrior – Chef Jonathan Deutsch is on a mission to help us all see the big picture. The fragile food supply chain in America is broken and our collective malaise concerning food waste is a crisis that must be addressed. According to a United Nations study – nearly 1/3 of all the food produced for human consumption…

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CAFÉ Talks Ep. 08 – Name That Flavor

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 08 – Name That Flavor

Flavor is that elusive key that opens up the experience of eating, it is something that chefs spent their careers in search of, food manufacturers toil over, restaurant customers embed in their memories, and culinary instructors try to teach – yet few people really understand it like a flavorist. This is the person with the knowledge of a food scientist, the palate of a great chef, the memories of a food lover who has picked…

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CAFÉ Talks Ep. 07 – The Wine Experience

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 07 – The Wine Experience

The experience of dining would not be complete without a great, appropriately matched bottle of wine. What goes into the production of that bottle is a long process that begins with the farmer and the terror. The quality of the wine, as every vintner will tell you, is determined by the quality of the grape and the grape depends on the soil, the sun, the temperature, amount of rainfall, and nurturing from the person who…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 06 – Unlearning Comes First

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 06 – Unlearning Comes First

Thinking creatively is natural during youth and not so much so as we age. Factors including group dynamics, the structure of formal education, peer critique, and fear of being scorned for thinking outside the norm – make it far more difficult to be creative in our approach toward opportunities and challenges. Bob Eckert is the CEO of New and Improved – a company dedicated to helping others work together, reinvigorate their creative energy, and in…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 05 – Cooking with Soul

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 05 – Cooking with Soul

From his early days growing up in New Jersey within a family deeply rooted in great cooking, Chef Keith Taylor loved everything about the kitchen. Visits to New York City restaurants with his uncle and alignment with his grandmother – a professional cook – Keith would eventually meet and spend quality time in the kitchen with Chef Patrick Clark – a chef of great renown in America. His career was self-determined at an early age…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 04 – Planning for Tomorrow

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 04 – Planning for Tomorrow

What will tomorrow bring? This is a question that keeps many people awake at night. How do I prepare for what is uncertain - is it possible to really plan ahead? Jack Uldrich is a future thinker – a person whom many organizations lean on for guidance as they realize that the only thing that is certain is that change will come with them on board or in spite of them – so they had…

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CAFÉ Talks Ep. 03 – The Era of the Restaurateur

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 03 – The Era of the Restaurateur

Since the early days of America’s great restaurants it has been the restaurateur – the person with the extended hand, warm smile, great stories, nurturing hospitality and firm handle on how to control the fragile finances of operations that defined an industry so essential to American lifestyle.  The need to gather, break bread, enjoy wonderful meals with family and friends, and feel that special touch of sincere welcome is core to a quality life. Those restaurateurs…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 02 – You cook what you are

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 02 – You cook what you are

Born with his feet planted firmly in the soil of Louisiana and the swampland of the Bayou, John Folse grew to become Louisiana’s worldwide ambassador of food.  As the foremost practitioner of Cajun cooking – Chef Folse represents this melting pot cuisine through his original restaurant Laffite’s Landing and currently in partnership with Chef Rick Tramonto at restaurant R’Evolution Additionally, his John Folse Companies include catering at White Oak Plantation, a PBS television series, publishing…
CAFÉ Talks Ep. 01 – How it Began

CAFÉ Talks Ep. 01 – How it Began

Although not a chef, Mary has been involved with setting standards for a chef’s educational experience as well as providing ongoing experiences linking the foodservice industry with the foodservice classroom. Her experiences include ACF accreditation and certification criteria as well as setting up summer institutes and other events for culinary educators in order to help them maintain their expertise in both cooking and education.  She looks at the current challenges facing educators and is proud…