Food is the New Rock

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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