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Ep. 89 - Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is this week's guest. He talks to Zach & guest host Jeff Miller (from Thrillist) about dulce de leche, juicing, and Japanese food- which he knows a ton about.  Plus there's a pretty sweet George Michael tangent.  Albert will be doing a two week tour of the UK in May. Get all the details at http://www.alberthammondjr.com/

Direct download: Episode_89-Albert_Hammond_Jr.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29 AM

Ep. 88 - Lisa Loeb is remembered by most people because of her song "Stay" from the Reality Bites soundtrack.  But those of us who are into food just as much as we're into music remember her as one of the OG food/music pioneers, thanks to her show on the Food Network with her then boyfriend Dweezil Zappa.  Since then she's made more music, started her own eyeglasses line (of course), and released a series of children's books and CDs.  And, naturally, she still obsesses about food.  We talk to her about her favorite restaurants in New York, L.A., Providence and Boston, plus she brought us doughnut cupcakes, and we brought her homemade almond butter and Chez Pim jam. And at the end of the podcast Lisa tells us about the benefit that happened in Vegas for Chef Kerry Simon last month, who was recently diagnosed with MSA. You can get more details about how you can help fight the disease at https://www.keepmemoryalive.org/

Direct download: Episode_88-Lisa_Loeb.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:18 AM

Ep. 87 - Top Chef fans will undoubtedly remember Brooke from Season 10 of the show, when she was runner up to Kristin Kish. And she returns to TV this week as a judge on the brand new MTV show House of Food, where a group of young aspiring chefs will compete for an apprenticeship while living together Real Wold style.  Zach sat down with Brooke in her Redondo Beach restaurant Hudson House to talk about what music she listened to growing up, MTV, and fellow Top Chef contestant CJ's appearance on the podcast.  (If you haven't heard it, it's worth going back and listening to at least the first few mins!)  

Direct download: Episode_87-Brooke_Williamson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01 PM

Ep. 86 - We talk Detroit pizza, Nashville restaurants, and S.F. food w/ Ranconteur, record label head and all around amazing singer/songwriter Brendan Benson on this week's podcast- which was recorded at SxSw in Austin. He also declares his love for Alice Waters, tells us about tour catering, and admits that he uses his kids as his taste testers.   Jeff Miller from Thrillist joins Zach as guest host.

Direct download: Episode_86-Brendan_Benson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:49 AM

Ep. 85 - Top Chef winner Paul Qui has made a name for himself down in Austin, first at Uchiko, and then at his eponymous restaurant Qui in East Austin. Last week Zach went down to SxSw and got to sit down with Paul just before service to talk music, Austin, and food.  They talked about how many of Paul's employees play in bands, plus how similar being a chef and being a musician is.  And at the end, we're treated to one of the best Wu-Tang stories ever told.  Find out more about Chef Paul Qui at http://quiaustin.com/

And a big thank you to Chevy for bringing us down to SxSw with them for the week!  We couldn't have done this episode of the podcast without their generous support.  

Direct download: Episode_85-Paul_Qui.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:32 AM

Ep. 84 - DJ/Producer/Artist Jennifer Lee (aka Tokimonsta) is this week's podcast guest. We talk a ton about Korean food and she tells us about her mom's chain of fast food teriyaki restaurants. Jennifer also tells us about her recent trip through South American and recounts her earliest cooking disaster (spoiler: she was 9 and it was a cheesecake.) Plus we talk about her cameo on Fried Food Paradise 3 and she admits that she is probably gluten intolerant but chooses to ignore her diagnosis.  Tokimonsta starts a US tour in April, get more details at http://www.tokimonsta.com/

Direct download: Episode_84-Tokimonster.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:28 AM

Ep. 83 - Nadia G is this week's podcast guest, the host of Bitchin Kitchen on the Cooking Channel. She tells us about the food she ate and music she listened to growing up, like Bon Jovi and DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. Plus we talk about how beards are great for storing snacks for later, and at the very end she plays a Guns N Roses song live for us. 

Bitchin Ktichen airs on the Cooking Channel Fridays at 9:30am, and her new show 'Sick Kitchens with Nadia G.' is now available on ulive.com.

Direct download: Episode_83-Nadia_G.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:40 AM

Ep. 82 - Restauranteur, Masterchef Co-Host, Italian wine expert, and marathon runner are all things this week's guest are known for.  But did you know that Joe Bastianich also has his own band, The Ramps.  We talk to him about that (spoiler: they're huge in Italy) as well as his music experiences growing up in Queens- whether it be listening to his family play polka music in the living room, or sneaking off to the pier by the west side highway in NYC to see The Smiths, The Clash, and Miles Davis.  We also talk about how revolutionary the music was at the beginning of Babbo w/ Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio's guitar playing, Gordon Ramsay's obsession with Abba, and at the very end Graham Eliott returns to the podcast- for the sole purpose of being ridiculed by Joe.

Direct download: Food_Is_The_New_Rock_82-Joe_Bastianich.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29 AM

Ep. 81 - Linkin Park's turntablist Mr Hahn is this week's podcast guest.  We talk to him about the Korean food he ate growing up in L.A. and his favorite places to eat around the world along with guest host Matt Rodbard from Food Republic (his coookbook "Koreatown USA" is being put out by Clarkson Potter in 2015.) Joe also answers the age old question of whether or not square watermelon makes your poop come out square, and tells us about how Oliver Stone may or may not stalk him.  Plus as a special bonus we're giving away a signed copy of the Korean Restaurant Guidebook he contributed to. Sign up for our "newsletter" at foodisthenewrock.com and you're entered to win.   

Direct download: EP81-Hahn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45 AM

Ep. 80 - Animal and Son of a Gun chefs Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo join Zach and guest host Jeff Miller (from ThrillistLA) on the podcast this week to talk music. We trace their careers cross country, from culinary school together in Florida to Los Angeles, where they've become known as two of the country's best chefs. Jon & Vinny also tell us about some of their childhood concert going experiences, and we find out who programs the great music in their restaurants. Most importantly, we think we might have gotten Def Leppard's "Animal" added to the playlist at Animal. 

Direct download: EP80-Animal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15 AM