Food is the New Rock

Ep. 124 - This week's podcast guest is L.A. based Indie-electronic band Wildcat! Wildcat!, who rose to fame a few years ago after opening for Passion Pit at SxSw as part of a documentary that was funded by Taco Bell's Feed the Beat program.  We talk to them about their favorite places to eat on tour, ranch dressing (they're kind of fanatics about the stuff) and the whole Taco Bell thing. Their latest album "No Moon at All" was produced in our studio Bronson Island by our good friend Morgan Kibby (M83/The White Sea) who was on our East Side Food Festival episode.  They also have toured with former guests Alt-J and Portugal the Man.  

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Ep. 123 - It's time for our annual Holiday Gift Guide Episode where we welcome a special guest onto the show to recommend holiday gifts for the music and food lovers in your life.  This year we're excited to welcome DJ Them Jeans (aka Jason Stewart), host of the "Tall Tales" and "The Stew" podcasts and the man behind all the food stuff on Skrillex's site  We talk to Jason about his podcasts, his forrays into food, and the cookbook he's thinking about writing before getting into the gift recommendations.  At the end of the show, Eater L.A. editor Matt Kang joins us to talk about Eater's holiday gift guide.  

And as always we'll be giving away a prize pack full of stuff from the guide, including a UE Boom bluetooth speaker, one of our brand new Flavour Gallery t-shirts and more.  In order to enter to win, just mention us on social media and the holiday gift guide prize pack and you're entered to win (@foodisnewrock on Twitter or @foodisthenewrock on Instagram or just hashtag it #foodisthenewrock).  

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Ep. 122 - This week's podcast guest is Jarobi White, the mysterious original member of Tribe Called Quest who left the group to become a professional chef.  Zach talks to him about what kind of food he ate growing up, what food he likes to cook, and what posessed him to leave one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time to become a chef.  Special thanks go out to Chef Roy Choi for connecting us with Jarobi back in September when he was in town doing a Korean/Soul Food pop up at Roy's restaurant POT   

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Ep 121 - Punk rocker turned chef Terri Wahl joins us for year's Thanksgiving episode.  She tells us about how her band The Red Aunts got wined and dined by Epitaph, and how she left it all behind to open Auntie Em's Kitchen in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles.  We talk Thanksgiving too, including the perfect music to listen to while you cook (which we posted as a Spotify playlist on  

Her cookbook "The Auntie Em's Cookbook: A Musician's Guide to Breakfast and Brunch" is out now (and would make the perfect holiday gift- hint hint.)  

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Ep. 120 - On November 9th we helped Castle Gourmet and Mack Sennett Studios put on the Eastside Food Festival here in Los Angeles to benefit PATH. There was great food, beer and wine from Angel City Beer and Silverlake Wine, and Zach podcasted live on stage in front of a standing room only crowd w/ Stella Mozgawa from the L.A. band Warpaint, Morgan Kibby from M83 and The White Sea, chefs Jessica Koslow from Sqirl, Ari Taymor from Alma, Craig Thornton from Wolvesmouth, and special guest host Evan Kleiman from Good Food on KCRW.  We recorded the talk and are releasing as this week's podcast.  Enjoy!  


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Ep. 119 - This week we bring you the final episode recorded at Life is Beautiful is Las Vegas. You may know our guest this week from Top Chef Masters, his New York restaurant Barbuto, or his famous roasted chicken.  But what many people may not know about Jonathan Waxman (the Obi Won Kenobi of the food world) is that he had a whole life as a professional trombone player before becoming a chef.  He tells us about seeing Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding in concert together, and the band he was in with Lenny Pickett called Lynks.  Plus at the end we talk about Music City Eats, the festival he started with the guys from Kings of Leon.  

This week's podcast is sponsored by our friends at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, who made it possible for us to go to Life is Beautiful this year and record all these great episodes.  

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Ep. 118 - This week's episode is a two for one special! Recorded at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, we crossed a major guest off the bucket list in the first half of the podcast when we got to sit down with Questlove, the legendary drummer of The Roots.  We talked about the food he ate growing up, cereal (a lot about cereal, actually) and how he's turned his New York City apartment into a food salon.  In the second half of the episode our guest is Gus from the UK band Alt-J.  We talked to him about American junk food, his secret restaurant notebook, and the magic of a chip butty (naturally.)  

This week's podcast is brought to you by The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas (, who made it possible for us to go to Life is Beautiful and record these podcasts.  And UE Boom, who just comissioned us to create a series of posts featuring 5 music inspired family meal recipes from 5 amazing Los Angeles chefs. The first, featuring Chef Jeremy Fox from Rustic Canyon, is up now at

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Ep. 117 - This past weekend we ate and podcasted our way through the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. Here is the first of the three episodes we recorded, featuring Eric & Bruce Bromberg- owners of the Blue Ribbon empire and Brooklyn Bowl, plus the curators of all the food at the festival. We talk about their fried chicken (which was hands down the best thing to eat at the fest), plus how the original Blue Ribbon in NYC was originally meant to be a late night spot for musicians to eat after playing in the clubs.  We also talked about their college bands, their extensive guitar collection, and how Bruce played on a Melvins record.  


Special thanks this week goes out to The Cosmpolitan Las Vegas, who made it possible for us to be at Life is Beautiful.  Stay there next time to you go to Vegas... you won't regret it.

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Ep. 116 - New York Times columnist Mark Bittman took 30 minutes out of his book tour to talk music with us last week by the pool of his hotel in West Hollywood. He takes us through his childhood, from the Beatles (and knowing a bunch of the screaming girls in those classic New York photos), to Hendrix (who he saw five times.) And then talks about some of the music he listens to now, like tUnE-yArDs (yes, Mark Bittman dropped  a Tune Yards reference on us.)  Naturally we also talked about how much more political food has become, while at the same time music has seemlingly become less political.  

Mark's new book "How to Cook Everything Fast" is out now. 

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Ep. 115 - This week we welcome Carnie Wilson to the podcast, who might be known best as 1/3 of the band Wilson Phillips and as host of one of the greatest daytime talk shows of all time (well, to Zach anyway.) But did you know she's also an accomplished cook, having won Chopped and come in 2nd on Rachael vs. Guy's Celebrity Cook Off.  Her latest project is making desserts at Vitello's in Los Angeles, where she was recently named the Executive Pastry Chef.  She tells us about the role food played in her life growing up (including one memorable bowl of cereal she had with her dad) and tells Zach what it was like to both win and lose on Chopped- and that's when the podcast gets dirty...  

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Ep. 114 - Curious to hear how a globe trotting, food loving, expensive sake drinking DJ lives?  Ali Shirazinia aka Dubfire (aka half of the house duo Deep Dish) is this week's podcast guest.  We talk to him about the Persian food he ate growing up, the restaurant he plans on opening with a chef from Tsujiki Fish Market in Japan, and his recent trip to Copenhagen to go to the MAD Symposium.  Plus he tells us the sad story of how he lost his extensive list of recommended restaurants after a phone sync gone bad.  Our friend Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA and the Black Crystal Wolf Kids joins as guest co-host.  

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Ep. 113 - Joe Kwon is not just the cellist for the Avett Brothers, but he's also their resident cook and food blogger.  We talk to him about his Korean food filled weekly "family reunions" growing up in North Carolina, Dave Matthews' catering, and his favorite places to eat in Nashville, Raleigh, Portland and more.  Plus he weighs in on what BBQ is the best.  Spoiler: His favorite is from eastern North Carolina (which apparently is completely different than western North Carolina BBQ.) 

Direct download: Episode_113-Joe_Kwon.mp3
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Ep. 112 - It's our very first podcast recorded live in front of audience!  This past weekend Zach went to Chicago for Food Network in Concert at Ravinia, and podcasted live on one of the side stages w/ Chef Wylie Dufresne (WD-50), Food Network personality Jeff Mauro, Chris Carrabba (from Dashboard Confessional & Twin Forks), Josh Kaufman (Winner of Season 6 of the Voice), and Lori Majewski (author of Mad World: An Oral History of the New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.) We talk more Grateful Dead and Lou Reed w/ Wylie, hear about Jeff's first concert, find out what Josh feeds his kids, and hear about the kind of food Chris grew up eating. And then, towards the end, the discussion devolved into vegetarians vs. the meat eaters as we discussed the politics of food.  Can you guys who was on which side?

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Ep. 111 - You likely know Alex Guarnaschelli from her triumph on Next Iron Chef, or as a judge on Chopped, or as the Executive Chef of Butter in New York City. But did you also know she is a huge fan of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden? And her mom, the famous cookbook editor, had a kick ass record collection? She also tells us about cooking for Prince (eat your heart out Marcus Samuelsson!), the time Nile Rodgers played at her restaurant The Darby, and the time she saw the Jerry Garcia Band at the Garden and left early to get a burger at Big Nick's on the Upper West Side. And then, her 7 year old daughter plays drums at the end of the episode to close things out. 

Alex will actually be one of the many chefs appearing with us at Food Network in Concert at Ravinia this weekend in Chicago, along with Anne Burrell, Jose Garces, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Jeff Mauro.  Plus musicians John Mayer, Phillip Phillips, Twin Forks, Josh Kaufman and more. We'll be podcasting live in the Bennet Gordon Hall from 3:45 to 4:30pm w/ Chef Jeff Mauro, Chris Carrabba (from Twin Forks and Dashboard Confessional), Josh Kaufman and more- so come say hi if you're in the Chicago area!  Get more info at

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Ep. 110 - Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz comes to Bronson Island this week to talk food with Zach and guest co-host Jeff Miller.  We talk about New Orleans, San Francisco burritos, and the beauty of lengua and tripe.  Plus we talk to him about his good friend Giada De Laurentiis and he tells about the greatest New Year's Eve dinner date of his life.

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Ep. 109 - Matt Mira, Michelle Branch and Andy Milonakis are just a few of the friends that stopped by to podcast with us this week, our very first episode recorded live at an event.  It all went down this past friday night at the opening night party of L.A. Times' The Taste.  In addition to Matt, Michelle and Andy, we also talked to L.A. Chefs Bruce Kalman (Union) and David Lefevre (MB Post), Cofax owner Jason Bernstein, our pal Ray Suen (from Childish Gambino's band), and L.A. Times editor Russ Parsons, who rivaled Jonathan Gold with his stories about Muddy Waters and Buddy Holly's mom.  At the very end our guest co-host Jeff Miller stopped by in between sets, with his band Black Crystal Wolf Kids, to close out the show. 

Direct download: Episode_109-The_Taste.mp3
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Ep. 108 - Zach Carothers & Jason Sechrist from Portugal the Man are this week's podcast guests.  We started the show talking about food at Summer festivals, and they confirmed what Warpaint and Grouplove told us on previous podcasts, and that is that Osheaga in Montreal is the absolute best.  Jason tells us about his stint as an oyster shucker in Portland, and Zach gives us recommendations for eating in El Paso and Alaska.  They're on the Honda Civic Tour w/ our pals Grouplove through September.  


Come hang out with us at L.A. Times' The Taste opening night part, this Friday night August 29th at Paramount Studios. Our good friend Jeff Miller (who is a frequent guest co-host on this podcast) will be playing live with his Indie Rock cover band Black Crystal Wolf Kids, and there will be tons of great food and great booze.  Plus we'll have a booth onsite where we'll be recording a podcast during the party!  Get more info and tickets at 

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Ep. 107 - Rob Pope and Eric Harvey from Spoon are this week's podcast guests.  They sit down with Zach and guest co-host Jeff Miller (from Thrillist LA) at our Bronson Island studio to talk food.  We hear all about the two bars that Rob owns: The Bourgeois Pig in Lawrence Kansas and Lake Street in Brooklyn, NY. And Eric teaches us the late night joys of garbage plates.  They both tout their favorite places to eat in New York, Austin and elsewhere, and Zach brings the guys the best breakfast burritos L.A. has to offer, from a place called Cofax (mostly to make Britt jealous.)  

Spoon's new album "They Want My Soul" is out now.  Get more info at 

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Ep. 106 - Zach spent this past weekend at Outside Lands in San Francisco, stuffing his face, feeding bands, and podcasting... and here is the fruit of all that labor. Him and our good friend Jeff Miller (from Thrillist LA) talked to Ryan and Andrew from Grouplove, Stella from Warpaint, and Chefs Naomi Pomeroy (from BEAST in Portland) and Kris Morningstar (from The Gorbals in Los Angeles) who they ran into during Haim's performance.  The three conversations, which took place backstage at the festival, have been combined into one podcast spectacular for your listening pleasure!  


This week's podcast was sponsored by UE Boom and #makemusicsocial who made our entire trip to Outside Lands possible.  And you can actually see all the bands we ate grilled cheese sandwiches with this past weekend plus the 10 loudest foods we ate at the festival at 

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Ep. 105 - Daniel Kessler from the NYC band Interpol comes to Bronson Island to talk food and music with Zach & Chuck on this week's podcast.  They ask him about his strategy for finding the best food when he's on the road, his favorite places to eat around the world, and how much Brooklyn has changed over the years. Daniel also tells us about the restaurant he co-owns in Brooklyn (Bergen Hill) and L.A.'s Cafe Gratitude somehow makes it into the podcast conversation... AGAIN.  Interpol's new record "El Pintor" comes out September 9th on Matador Records.  Get more info about the album and their upcoming tour at 


This week's podcast was sponsored by UE Boom, who is also taking us to Outside Lands in S.F. this weekend to help #makemusicsocial.  Our thanks goes out to them, and so should yours.  If you're on Tumblr (or even if you're not) go to and follow them now. 

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Ep. 104 - Jeni's Splended Ice Cream founder Jeni Britton Bauer is this week's podcast guest.  We talk to her about what kind of music she listened to growing up in Ohio, and what kind of music goes into making her famous ice cream.  We talk first concert and first album, plus she tells about ice cream album covers and this special vinyl they created for this year's record store day.  Want a copy?  We have two to giveaway, and all you have to do to enter is sign up for our newsletter at  Already signed up?  Then you're already entered to win. 

Jeni's new cookbook "Jeni's Spledid Ice Cream Desserts" is in stores now. 

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Ep. 103 - Kenny Vasoli from Philadelphia's Vacationer (and formerly from the Starting Line) comes to Bronson Island to talk food with us this week.  He tells Zach his favorite places to eat on tour, why he doesn't like to eat meat with bones, and how easy it is for him to stay gluten free on tour (spoiler: he does his best to stay away from stroopwafels).  PLUS Kenny gives us a great tip on what munchies to pair with your weed. 

Vacationer's new album "Relief" is out now.  Get more info at 

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Ep. 102 - The Spotted Pig celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion we finally got owner Ken Friedman to come on the podcast to talk food and music! Before teaming up with Chef April Bloomfield to build a restaurant empire- which also includes John Dory Oyster Bar (NYC), The Breslin (NYC), and Tosca Cafe (SF)-  Ken started off his career in the music industry, booking shows in San Francisco before switching to the label side of things where he worked for Clive Davis and later Trent Reznor. It also explains why he has so many musicians as business partners and investors (like U2, Jay-Z, Fatboy Slim, and Michael Stipe.)  We talk about all that, plus Mario Batali ("[he'd] suck up to anybody famous, then and now", Rachel Ray ("she's barely in the food business... [but] she's not so bad"), and the only way to go to music festivals. 

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Ep. 101 - Harley Morenstein, from Epic Meal Time, is our guest on this week's podcast.  Zach went to their studio on the day the US lost to Belgium in the World Cup (because Canadiens don't give a shit about American soccer) and talked to Harley about their brand new show Epic Meal Empire, which debuts on the FYI Network on July 26th.  Warning: there are spoilers. He also tells us what kind of music he listened to growing up, and about one of the terrible music videos he directed before starting EMT (which he compares to Wu Tang). And towards the end, Harley may or may not admit to coming face to face with a pig and feeling a tad bit guilty.  

Epic Meal Empire debuts on FYI TV Saturday, July 26th at 10ET/11PT. Get more info at

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Ep. 100 - We did it!!!  100 episodes... and what better way to celebrate than by finally getting chef/writer/food show host/TV sitcom creator Eddie Huang to come on and shoot the shit about music with us (among other things.)  Back on episode #35 w/ Francis Lam, we promised you Eddie and it only took us 65 episodes to deliver on that promise! In addition to asking EH about his first albums and first concert, we also ask him what it was like to eat ribs with 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell and he cops to being completely awestruck by Cam'ron. There was also a lot of hip hop talk, 19% of which Zach understood. Our friend Jeff Miller from Thrillist steps in as guest host.  

Eddie has his own podcast called Monosodium Glutamate, his MTV show "Snack off" debuts July 10th, and he has a sit-com coming soon to ABC called "Fresh off the Boat"- which is based on his memoir of the same name.  

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Ep. 99 - This week's podcast guest Mark Trombino is not only the producer behind such huge albums as Blink 182's "Dude Ranch" and Jimmy Eat World's "Bleed American" but he is also owns a new doughnut shop in Los Angeles called Donut Friend!  Zach talks to him at the very beginning about San Diego burritos, but most of the podcast is about doughnuts (naturally.)

Get more info about his shop at 

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Ep. 98 - This week's podcast guest is the legendary Shep Gordon, famed music manager of Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, and Luther Vandross (among others) and the man credited with inventing the celebrite chef.  Shep talks to Zach about chinese food, the time he cooked latkes for Mike Myers, and how the music business and the business of food are practically identical (all in a car on the way to the airport.) 

Shep is the subject of the new documentary "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon" which was directed by Mike Myers and is in theaters now.  

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Ep. 97 - Chef Ben Ford stops by Bronson Island this week to talk music with Chuck & Zach.  He tells us how growing up in L.A. exposed him to all sorts of musicians as a kid, and how his dad Harrison Ford may have influenced how he views being a chef. He also tells us about a brief stint in SF working for Bill Graham when he got to see Jerry Garcia, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santa, and more.  His new cookbook "Taming the Feast" is out now, and each of the feasts in the book have a companion playlist that can be found on his website

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Ep. 96 - Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (Megafaun) are the duo that make up the band Sylvan Esso, who released their first album a few weeks ago.  The band stopped by our Bronson Island studio to talk food, sandwiches, and coffee (their awesome new song, and the beverage.) Plus Zach made Amelia cry with potato chips.  

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Ep. 95 - Iron Man director Jon Favreau comes on the podcast to talk about his new movie "Chef", and what a big role music and food play in the film- which takes place in L.A., Miami, New Orleans, and Austin. Zach also brings up how similar the movie is to Swingers (which he also wrote and starred in), including the awesomeness of the soundtrack- which features music from Gary Clark Jr., Rebrith Brass Band, and Perico Hernandez. 

The film "Chef" is in theaters now, and stars Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Jon Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr. 

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Ep. 94 - WD-50 Chef Wylie Dufresne comes on the podcast this week to talk to Zach and guest host Jeff Miller about mostly the Grateful Dead.  A huge Deadhead, Wylie tells us about the old days when he used to follow the band around, cooking food in the parking lots of shows.  We also talk first concerts, cooking for Lou Reed, and Treme (the HBO New Orleans show that was pretty much all food and music.)  Plus Wylie talks about the reverence he has for musicians, and how he doesn't think chefs even come close to doing what they do.  

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Ep. 93 - Stephen Malkmus and his band the Jicks are this week's podcast guest.  Zach and guest co-host Jeff Miller (from Thrilllist) caught up with the band in the green room of The El Rey last time they were in Los Angeles to talk food and a little bit of sports (apparently Chef David Chang is in Stephen's fantasy basketball and baseballs leagues.) It also turns out Keyboardist Mike Clark used to own a restaurant in Portland, and Joanna tells us what it's like to be the token Vegetarian in the band.  Mark Ibold from Pavement also comes up in coversation, and Stephen tells us one of the best tidbits we've ever heard about Pok Pok chef (and former podcast guest) Andy Ricker before completely proving our thesis in the last 30 seconds of the podcast.

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks new album "Wig Out at Jagbags" is out now on Matador Records. 

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Ep. 92 - Grammy Award winning music producer Albhy Galuten is this week's podcast guest, along with his son Noah- who is the pitmaster of Bludso's Bar & Cue in Los Angeles and host of the Food Feeder on You Tube's Tasted Channel.  We break format a bit, letting Noah coax some amazing stories from his Dad, who produced an astouding 18 #1 hits.  Within the first 10 minutes Albhy admits to turning the Bee Gees vegetarian, turning Clapton on to Bob Marley, and turning Peter Tosh on to synth (in addition to being credited with inventing the drum loop.) He also goes on to tell stories about Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, David Crosby, the Allman Bros, and producers Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, and Jerry Wexler (who he workd with at Criteria Studios in Miami.) The show is a long one, but it's a must listen for any fan of music and music production. 

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Ep. 91 - Considering the whole "Special Sauce" thing, it should be no surprise that singer G Love is into food.  But did you know he actually has his own line of real deal hot sauces available in stores? It's called G Love's Special Sauce (naturally) and comes in three flavors- Original, Carribean and Thai sweet chili.  We talked to him about how that came about, but he tells us what it was like growing up in Philly with a mom who taught kids cooking classes out of their house.  He also tells us about how knowing what jicama was got him a job at a fancy Boston restaurant, and how he used cooking and sushi to woo his 8th grade girlfriend. At the end, we tell him about the 90s video we uncovered of him cooking shirtless.  

G Love's new album is called "Sugar" and is in stores now.  Get more details about that at and get info about his hot sauce at

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Ep. 90 - Craig Thornton is this week's podcast guest, the chef behind the critically acclaimed "underground" Los Angeles dinner loft known as Wolvesmouth. Craig is not only an outstanding chef, but his plates of food are regarded by many to be works of art- a notion we spend a lot of time talking about on the show.  He also tells us about the time he got 86'd from the now closed Cane's in San Diego for beating the crap out of a guy... and then we tell him about how we pissed off Trent Reznor, and ask if he can help us apologize for what we did.  

Craig's latest project is a second installment of Cut Your Teeth, a collaboration between him and artist Matthew Bone that goes from May 7th to June 14th. Get more info and buy your tickets at

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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

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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

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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!)  

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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.

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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

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
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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

Direct download: Episode_84-Tokimonster.mp3
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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

Direct download: Episode_83-Nadia_G.mp3
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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
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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 and you're entered to win.   

Direct download: EP81-Hahn.mp3
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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
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Ep. 79 - Fall Out Boy returned from hiatus last year, complete with a slimmed down Patrick Stump. But don't let their lead singer's new look fool you- the dude loves to eat.  Patrick is this week's podcast guest, and he tells Zach all about what it was like to grow up getting to eat all the great ethnic food in Chicago. He also admits to being an on again off again vegetarian (a reluctant carnivore, if you will) and tells us about how good Taylor Swift's catering is.  Fall Out Boy's Monument Tour w/ Paramore kicks off in June. Go to for more details.   

Direct download: EP79-FallOutBoy-1.mp3
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Ep. 78 - Top Chef Masters judge Curtis Stone is this week's podcast guest. We sat down with him at his new restaurant Maude in Beverly Hills to talk punk rock, Australian pop, restaurant music and surfing. Plus we ask him what it was like to meet Brett Michaels and Cyndi Lauper on Celebrity Apprentice and Yo Gabba Gabba on Top Chef Masters. And Curtis admits to us that he doesn't love cooking for Paul McCartney. 

Direct download: EP78-Curtis.mp3
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Ep. 77 - Comedian, singer, rapper, and lover of ladies Andy Milonakis is this week's podcast guest. You may know Andy from "Superbowl is Gay" (google it), The Jimmy Kimmel Show, his eponymous MTV show, or his new rap group Three Loco, but did you know he's also a sushi boss. In fact he makes the outrageous claim that New York City's sushi right now is better than the sushi in Los Angeles. Dude also knows more about Greek food than anybody we've ever talked to on the show (he brought us Greek gum!) and tells us that being a rapper on stage gets you more girls than being on MTV, YouTube or cooking for a girl combined.  

Direct download: EP77-Andy.mp3
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Ep. 76 - Folk pop singer/songwriter Brett Dennen comes to our Bronson Island studio to talk superfoods with Chuck & Zach.  He tells us about how he gargles with coconut oil, and makes his own vegan chocolate.  Plus Brett gives us his recommendations for sushi (he does eat fish) and him and Zach bond over their love of all you can eat buffets.  Brett's latest album is called "Smoke and Mirros" and features the song "Wild Child". Get more info, and see Brett's awesome video about "Wild Foods", at

Direct download: EP76-Dennen.mp3
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Ep. 75 - We kick off 2014 w/ singer, songwriter, DJ, photographer and vegan author Moby. Zach went to his house, where they talked about sustainable farming, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, oysters, and how advances in Vegan cooking over the years have made touring much easier for him over the years. He also tells us the story of how he bought stock in Whole Foods immediately after discovering the first branch in Austin in 1992, and floats his theory that heaven is vegan. Moby's latest album "innocents" is out now on Mute Records. 

Direct download: EP75-Moby.mp3
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