The Eater Upsell

The Eater Upsell
A weekly digest where Eater’s EIC Amanda Kludt and Producer Dan Geneen bicker over the most important food news, research culinary trends, and interview the biggest names in the industry.

Burger King’s Impossible Burger Blunder, Michelin California and More (June 1- 14)
Jun 14 • 44 min
A rogue Burger King was sending out regular beef burgers instead of Impossible. There is a Bumble Cafe by a credible restaurant group. The Michelin Guide has come to California and LA people aren’t thrilled with the results. Pop culture editor Greg…
Toronto’s $500 Omakase, Celery Juice Hype, and More (May 25-31)
May 31 • 38 min
What spirits are to blame for celery juice’s new popularity? Pride is coming up, how are food brands dropping the ball (with Adam Moussa)? Goop has a new podcast called Goopfellas. The crabbing industry is suing big oil (with Amy Westervelt). Arby’s will…
Milkshake Attacks, Birds Dying for Olives and More (May 17-24)
May 24 • 48 min
Millions of birds are dying during olive harvesting. Kim Kardashian tweeted at Jack in the Box and the internet went nuts. Brexiteers are getting hit with milkshakes. A UK restaurant served a 4500-pound bottle of wine by accident. JFK’s TWA terminal has…
Liquid Death Water, the Aperol Spritz Debate, Mother’s Day Food Stunts. (May 10-17)
May 17 • 46 min
Is Liquid Death Water broey? Did Danny Bowien deserve the attack by NYT critic Pete Wells? Can landlords put food restrictions on their tenants? Amex just bought RESY! The brands pulled some dumb mother’s day stunts. Is the Aperol Sprtiz a bad drink and…
Guac Cheese, Impossible Burgers + the 6 Best Food Stories of the Week
May 9 • 35 min
Are free drinks good? Is the Impossible Burger taking over the country? Many many food brands are getting in on Game of Thrones madness. Burger King came out with an odd response to the Happy Meal. Bru Social Plates are meant to get you off Instagram and…
The Lucky Lee’s Fiasco + the 7 Best Food Stories of April
May 1 • 42 min
CNBC dropped a silly video on tipping (2:00). Farley Elliott explains The Row, yet another insane real estate development in LA (7:00). A restaurant in Chicago seems to be infringing on multiple trademarks (12:50). Soylent launched a line of food products…
The Worst Things New York Diners Do in Restaurants
Apr 19 • 43 min
Erica Hall, general manager of Brooklyn hot spot Win Son, drops by the show to help us all be better diners.Hosted by: Amanda Kludt (instagram/twitter) and Daniel Geneen (instagram/twitter). Complain to us at [email protected]
How Chef Rocco DiSpirito Got Back in the NY Restaurant Game
Apr 10 • 56 min
Most people know Rocco DiSpirito as a ‘TV Chef’ or a diet book author, but 15 years ago he was the biggest chef in New York City. Now he’s back in the game: reimagining the Standard Grill in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district.Hosted by: Amanda Kludt…
The 8 Best Food Stories of March
Apr 5 • 41 min
Mark Bittman launched a brand new food website with a name that was already in use (5:20). Why did a photo of a vertically sliced bagel set twitter on fire (10:18)? Mitt Romney blew out his birthday candles like an alien (14:00). Sonia Chopra joins the…
From Today, Explained: What Is CBD and Why Is It EVERYWHERE?
Mar 30 • 26 min
CBD is winding up in your lattes, your gummies, and your massages, but what exactly is it? And is anyone regulating it?Subscribe to Today, Explained here.
Ruth Reichl and the Rise and Fall of Gourmet Magazine
Mar 20 • 63 min
Ruth Reichl was the editor of Gourmet Magazine from 1999 until its last day in 2009. In her new book Save Me the Plums, she talks about the wild 10 years she spent at Condé Nast and the traumatic folding of the beloved magazine. Preorder Ruth’s new book…
How Brooks Headley Runs New York’s Favorite 300-Square-Foot Restaurant
Mar 13 • 52 min
On today’s Upsell, Superiority Burger’s Brooks Headley stops by to talk about his transition out of fine dining, his relationship with the neighborhood, and whether or not he would ever expand the beloved vegetarian burger shop.Pick up a copy of…
The Michelin Guide Is Back in LA + the 6 Best Food Stories of February
Mar 7 • 36 min
Delta and Diet Coke released some creepy airplane napkins (1:30). The Michelin Guide is returning to LA for the first time since 2012 (8:30). Martha Stewart is making cannabis products for pets (19:50). Food delivery app Caviar is trying to highlight…
The 10 Restaurants that Changed America with Professor Paul Freedman
Feb 20 • 48 min
Medievalist Paul Freedman joins us on the show today to talk about the food of the Medieval period, authenticity, Chinese food, and his book 10 Restaurants that Changed America.Get the new paperback version of 10 Restaurants here:…
The 6 Best Food Stories of January + The World’s 50 Best New List
Feb 6 • 36 min
Prince Phillip has finally grown black truffles at his estate (3:50). A man trapped inside a Burger King bathroom doesn’t feel fairly compensated for his hardship (6:15). There is a happy ending for the owner of the restaurant in the Fyre Fest documentary…
Live at CES: Kris Yenbamroong Wants to Be a Populist Chef
Jan 23 • 41 min
Coming at you LIVE from the Google Assistant activation at the consumer electronics show, we’re joined by Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market in Los Angeles.Follow Kris on IG: up a copy of Night + Market’s book from a bookstore! or…
Reviewing the Trendy New Lexus-Sponsored Restaurant with Comedian Aparna Nancherla
Jan 9 • 33 min
Comedian Aparna Nancherla and Dan hit up Danny Meyer’s new restaurant: The Intersect by Lexus (yes that Lexus), to find out just how much Lexus there is in the brand new Union Square Hospitality Group restaurant.Follow Aparna on twitter @aparnapkin and…
The 7 Best Food Stories of December
Dec 27, 2018 • 34 min
Starbucks is banning porn over its WIFI (2:00). A man was stuck for two days in a grease vent (3:40). A Cheesecake factory caused a ruckus with a free slice giveaway (6:10). The Four Seasons restaurant reopened its doors and finally ousted Julian…
Everything You Need to Know About Andrew Zimmern’s Lucky Cricket Scandal
Dec 12, 2018 • 38 min
Restaurant editor Hilary Dixler Canavan joins us to help untangle the controversy that has circled the opening of Andrew Zimmern’s first sit-down restaurant, Lucky Cricket. Eater NY editor Serena Dai talks about how Lucky Cricket plays into historic…
Samin Nosrat Returns to Talk Life After Netflix
Dec 5, 2018 • 37 min
Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and star of Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix, drops by to talk about how her life has changed after the release of her show and what her plans are going forward. Follow Samin! at or…
The Best Food Stories from the First Half of November
Nov 21, 2018 • 24 min
Amanda is going away on parental leave so we thought we’d squeeze out a few more food stories. Residents of a gated community in Georgia attempted to form a smaller town to attract higher end chain restaurants (1:10). Walmart wants to be the center of…
The 38 Best Restaurants in America and the Critic Who Makes the List
Nov 16, 2018 • 35 min
Bill Addison joins us to talk about his fifth and final list of the most essential restaurants in America. Hosted by: Daniel Geneen and Amanda Kludt. Sign up for Kludt’s newsletter here and complain to us [email protected]
Almost Everything You Need to Know About LA Dining in 2018
Nov 13, 2018 • 50 min
Eater LA editor Matthew Kang calls in to catch us up on LA’s hot openings and the food media scene (6:50). LA’s Senior editor Farley Elliott takes Dan to the three restaurants he thinks are LA’s trendiest (22:30). Meghan McCarron and Farley Elliott call…
Start to Sale Ep. 4: Ari Weinzweig of Anarchist Food Empire Zingerman’s
Nov 5, 2018 • 62 min
Erin and Natasha talk to Ari Weinzweig about Zingerman’s unique model, how he fights the pressure to conform, and why vision is integral to the survival of a business.
The 6 Best Food Stories of October
Oct 31, 2018 • 35 min
What has happened to tipping in the age of the tablet screen (2:00)? Danny Bowien is serving water pickles at the new Mission Chinese Food (10:40). UberEats believes they will have drone delivery by 2021 (15:45). Chefs from trendy restaurant Himitsu…
What Goes Into Running a Whole Animal Butcher Shop
Oct 24, 2018 • 49 min
Ben Turley and Brent Young stop by to talk about their butcher shop The Meat Hook, in Brooklyn. For more of Ben and Brent, checkout their show Prime Time or check out their site: Hosted by: Daniel Geneen and Amanda Kludt. Sign up…
What Is Going on with Ken Friedman, Gabrielle Hamilton, and The Spotted Pig?
Oct 17, 2018 • 34 min
Special correspondent Meghan McCarron discusses the last few weeks in crazy Ken Friedman news. Read the NY Mag Gabrielle Hamilton piece here. Read the NYTimes April Bloomfield piece here. Hosted by: Daniel Geneen and Amanda Kludt. Sign up for Kludt’s…
How Chef Samin Nosrat Turned Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat into a Netflix Show
Oct 10, 2018 • 44 min
Chef Samin Nosrat is the author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, a teacher, and now a television host! Her Netflix show, also named Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat comes out October 11th (AKA tomorrow!). Hosted by: Daniel Geneen and…
The 7 Best Food Stories of September
Oct 5, 2018 • 44 min
A Maine restaurant wants to smoke out its lobsters before killing them to ease them into the afterlife (1:40). The red delicious apple is no longer the most popular apple in America (5:00). Gabrielle Hamilton has pulled out of the controversial Spotted…
Start to Sale Ep. 1: Christina Tosi
Oct 3, 2018 • 50 min
Christina Tosi is a superstar pastry chef, and she’s also built one of the most iconic American pastry brands of this generation, Milk Bar. She talked to Erin and Natasha about her Series A round, learning how to be a great manager and staying true to her…
Two Stand-Up Comics Review a Trendy NY Restaurant + Make Fun of Dan
Sep 19, 2018 • 47 min
Sydnee Washington and Marie Faustin are NY-based comedians who host the Unofficial Expert podcast and perform stand-up throughout the city. Syd, Marie and Dan went for dinner at Manhattan hotspot Frenchette and are here to tell you all about it. Subscribe…
Things That Die in Restaurants (Eels, Relationships, Plants)
Sep 12, 2018 • 40 min
Chef Will Horowitz has killed a lot of eels for his delicious smoked eel sandwich at Harry & Ida’s in NYC. Chefs Katrina Zito and Sarah Cooper have witnessed the deaths of many relationships at their steakhouse St. Anselm. Eater’s restaurant editor…
The Fall 2018 Preview Show (Restaurant Openings, Food TV, Cookbooks)
Sep 5, 2018 • 45 min
Eater’s national critic Bill Addison on his most anticipated openings this fall (4:20). Pop culture editor Greg Morabito on what food tv to look out for this fall (29:20). Senior editor and cookbook obsessive Daniela Galarza on her most anticipated…
The 8 Best Food Stories of August!
Aug 30, 2018 • 37 min
Dave Chang is serving a fruit plate at his new restaurant in LA (2:30). Generosity is lovely but we do not need the #tipthebill challenge (7:30). Starbucks launched a facebook group dedicated to fall appreciation (10:00). The pumpkin spice latte is back!…
Everything You Need to Know About Ice Cream in 2018
Aug 15, 2018 • 50 min
The freezer aisles are being overtaken by non dairy and diet ice creams; Zan Romanoff explains. Restaurant dessert menus are being taken over by soft serve and sundaes; Monica Burton explains. Finally, Bill Addison and Daniela Galarza judge a contest to…
Chef Marcus Samuelsson Created a TV Show about Immigrants for 2018
Aug 8, 2018 • 51 min
Chef Marcus Samuelsson joins us for our first live upsell to discuss his new show with Eater and PBS, No Passport Required. Check out all the available episodes right here: Hosted by: Daniel Geneen and Amanda Kludt. Sign up…
The 10 Best Food Stories of July
Aug 3, 2018 • 39 min
Which is the silliest real life activation: a charcoal food festival, a cheat day museum, or a multi channel water experience (00:30)? It’s been a terrible month for Papa John’s pizza; and a worse month for its CEO (11:00). A vegan had an unfortunate…
Why Jonathan Gold Mattered So Much
Jul 25, 2018 • 42 min
This past weekend, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold died at the age of 57. Robert Sietsema, Peter Meehan, and Meghan McCarron share some stories and discuss the legacy of the legendary food writer. Hosted by: Amanda Kludt and Daniel…
Do We Actually Need to Talk About Plastic Straws?
Jul 18, 2018 • 35 min
Plastic straws have become the villain we can all cheer against, but how did we get here? Researcher Sam Athey explains why straws are significant in the fight against plastic pollution. Brenna Houck tells us how straws became a media darling. Finally,…
The 8 Biggest Food Stories of June
Jul 4, 2018 • 36 min
Has Gabrielle Hamilton broken Ken Friedman out of #metoo jail (00:30)? New York City has banned activated charcoal usage in all foods (6:00). The Museum of Ice Cream has been deemed an environmental hazard by the city of Miami Beach (11:00). Pop Culture…
How Uber Took Over Food Delivery
Jun 27, 2018 • 46 min
Jason Droege, the man in charge of Uber Eats, explains how the service started, how they interface with restaurants, and what they see as the future of the brand. Hosted by: Amanda Kludt and Daniel Geneen. Sign up for Amanda Kludt’s newsletter here
Almost Everything You Need to Know About Cocktails in 2018
Jun 20, 2018 • 63 min
Mad scientist Dave Arnold is FINALLY opening another bar in New York (1:30). After some serious controversy, New Orleans Bartender Neal Bodenheimer has taken over Tales of the Cocktail, the biggest event in the cocktail world (32:00). Finally, big deal…
James Beard Award-Winning Pitmaster Rodney Scott
Jun 13, 2018 • 34 min
South Carolina’s whole hog master, Rodney Scott, wants to bring his barbecue to the entire world. Fresh off a James Beard win (the second ever awarded to a pitmaster), Rodney has just announced his third restaurant in Birmingham and shows no signs of…
Amanda Interviews Dave Chang Live at Code
Jun 6, 2018 • 35 min
Dave Chang of Momofuku and Ugly Delicious was on stage at the Code Conference for a talk with Amanda and Peter Kafka of Recode Media.
The 9 Best Food Stories of May
May 30, 2018 • 45 min
Disney is now selling alcohol at all of their restaurants (00:45). Adam Moussa breaks down the Publix Summa Cum Laude cake (4:45). There are now LaCroix bathing suits (10:30). Serena Dai and Monica Burton catch us up on the latest Mario Batali news,…
We Need to Talk More About Tex-Mex
May 23, 2018 • 36 min
Special correspondant Meghan McCarron explains what Tex-Mex is and why it has the reputation it does. Taco journalist Mando Rayo calls in to talk about what it was like growing up in the era of Taco Bell and why it’s important to cover Tex-Mex. Hosted by:…
On the Trail of Cheap Eats Icon Robert Sietsema
May 16, 2018 • 39 min
Robert Sietsema has been covering food in New York since way before food was cool. Today, he’s taking us to some of his favorite spots in Queens and explaining how he went from chemist to rock musician to food critic. Hosted by: Amanda Kludt and Daniel…
Nigella Lawson on Journalism, Restaurant Criticism, and Food Photos
May 9, 2018 • 42 min
Nigella Lawson dropped by the studio to talk about her new book At My Table, how she got into restaurant criticism, and why if she wasn’t working hard she’d just lie down. Hosted by: Amanda Kludt and Daniel Geneen. Sign up for Amanda Kludt’s newsletter…
The 5 Best Food Stories of April + Christina Tosi on Chef’s Table
May 2, 2018 • 41 min
Christina Tosi drops by to share her thoughts on the brand new pastry season of Chef’s Table (1:30). Eater’s chief critic, Ryan Sutton, reviewed the Impossible Burger at White Castle (10:30). A Pennsylvania teacher was suspended for serving his students…
How Baseball Stadiums Became Culinary Destinations (With Joe House and Sonia Chopra)
Apr 25, 2018 • 33 min
Eater’s resident baseball expert, Sonia Chopra, drops in to talk about her 2018/19 stadium food guide. Sonia and Dan talk to the executive chef of Citi Field, Patrick Schaeffer, about how he runs food at his stadium. John Karangis, chef of Union Square…
Giada De Laurentiis Is Sneaky Building a Restaurant Empire
Apr 17, 2018 • 42 min
Giada De Laurentiis dropped by the studio to talk a little Giada history, restaurant expansion, mystery shopping, and career development. Giada’s latest book, Giada’s Italy, is available now. Go eat at Giada’s Vegas restaurants: Giada and Pronto; and if…
How Small Restaurants Raise Money
Apr 10, 2018 • 33 min
Maya Lovelace is using a combination of Kickstarter and sweetheart loans to fund her new restaurant, Yonder. Esther Choi has raised money for her restaurants in a few different ways with varying success. Special thanks to Gail Simmons for calling in to…
The 8 Biggest Food Stories of March
Apr 3, 2018 • 35 min
Chipotle has finally shut down its ill-received fast-food burger joint (2:00). Whitney Filloon calls in to lay out the sad state of Whole Foods post Amazon (5:15). A Toronto chef broke down a deer leg in front of vegan protesters (9:00). A rogue Opentable…
How Muscle Milk Got Huge and What’s Next for Protein
Mar 27, 2018 • 35 min
Casey Johnston, the Future Editor of The Outline, stops by to explain how a drink called Muscle Milk ended up all over America. Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of Bulletproof, explains everything he thinks is wrong with protein in 2018 and where protein will…
Performative Eating and Fatness with Jessica Valenti and Lindy West
Mar 13, 2018 • 38 min
Jessica Valenti, author of NYT best-seller Sex Object: A Memoir, and host of Eater video series Eating Out Loud, stops by to talk about food and feminism. Later, Jessica interviews NYT Columnist Lindy West about performative eating and fatness. Hosted by:…
The 6 Biggest Food Stories of February + David Chang on Ugly Delicious
Mar 2, 2018 • 37 min
Amanda and Daniel run down the biggest food stories of the month. First up, Dan went to see the new Peter Rabbit movie to see what the allergy controversy is all about (1:00). The new Queer Eye is great, but can the new food guy, Antoni Porowski, actually…
Chef Dan Barber Wants to Sell Seeds at Walmart
Feb 27, 2018 • 45 min
Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill announced today that he is starting a seed company called Row 7 Seeds. Hosted by: Amanda Kludt and Daniel Geneen. Sign up for Amanda Kludt’s newsletter here.
How to Build a Restaurant Group That Values Workers
Feb 20, 2018 • 38 min
Erin Patinkin, co-founder of Ovenly, explains how she and her partner Agatha Kulaga grew their company from 0-60 employees while maintaining their corporate values. Martha Hoover, who owns 12 food businesses in Indianapolis, shares some strategies she’s…
Why You Actually Have to Eat Dessert (With Alison Roman, Joe House, and Daniela Galarza)
Feb 13, 2018 • 43 min
Alison Roman, author of Dining In, explains her chocolate chip short bread cookie’s meteoric rise to stardom and how it affected her cookbook’s success (3:00). Eater senior editor, Daniela Galarza, reminds us of the stakes of passing on dessert (15:00)…
Eating Around the World on a Budget
Feb 6, 2018 • 28 min
Lucas Peterson, NYT’s Frugal Traveler and host of Eater’s longest running youtube program, ‘Dining on a Dime’; stops by to explain the schlep that goes in to putting together his Times column and what it’s like being the cheap eats guy. Oh, and the…
The 8 Biggest Food Stories of January + a Review of #Saltbae’s New NYC Steakhouse
Jan 30, 2018 • 37 min
Amanda and Dan run down the biggest food stories of the month. The creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal, has created a food travel show for ‘the everyman’ called ‘Somebody Feed Phil’, which Amanda likes and Dan does not (3:20).…
Why Gay Bars Are Disappearing in America
Jan 23, 2018 • 33 min
Zach Stafford of Grindr’s INTO magazine explains why America has seen a steady decline in gay bars and queer spaces over the last decade. (24:00) Eater’s special correspondent Meghan McCarron talks about the disappearance of lesbian spaces and bars.…
How Restaurants Are Buying Internet Fame
Jan 16, 2018 • 29 min
Ever wonder how all that crazy food ends up on your news feed? These days, there’s usually someone being paid to get it there. Is this just marketing in 2018, or is this new influencer marketing shady business? Eater’s data visualization reporter Vince…
Photojournalist Gary He Went to Eat in Post-ISIS Mosul
Jan 9, 2018 • 29 min
In the middle of August, approximately one month after ISIS lost control of Mosul, photojournalist Gary He travelled around Mosul to different restaurants to get a sense of the city’s war-torn restaurant scene. Read Gary’s piece on Hosted by…
The Best and Worst Food Trends Heading into 2018
Jan 2, 2018 • 33 min
Eater editors Serena Dai and Stefanie Tuder pop in to talk food and design trends, in NY and beyond. Then, Eater’s national critic Bill Addison faces a lightning round of trendy ingredients and determines whether or not they’re here to stay. Finally, the…
The Top 5 Food Scenes in Holiday Movies
Dec 26, 2017 • 26 min
Eater’s pop culture editor and former upsell host, Greg Morabito, stops by to rank some food scenes in favorite holiday movies.
Mario Batali and the Fallout
Dec 19, 2017 • 25 min
On December 11th, Eater NY released a huge story called Mario Batali Steps Away From Restaurant Empire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations. Serena Dai, editor of Eater NY and co-editor of the story (with Matt Buchanan), dropped by to talk about the…
What to Drink and Eat This Holiday Season
Dec 13, 2017 • 28 min
Here at the upsell, we want you to be the coolest person at your holiday parties. So, we brought in wine and spirits expert Tammie Teclemariam, to tell us what the cool kids are buying at the liquor store (1:50) and Daniela Galarza, to share some…
The Secret Japanese Origins of Modern Fine Dining
Dec 6, 2017 • 14 min
France is typically credited with pretty much everything in the upper echelon of dining, but how much of what we consider fine dining actually came from Japan? Eater’s senior editor Meghan McCarron stops by the upsell to tell Dan about a radical shift in…
The Best Fed Man in America
Nov 21, 2017 • 33 min
Bill Addison spends nearly all of his time on the road, deciphering American dining as a whole. Every year he presents his findings in a list called America’s 38 Essential Restaurants. Everyone (including Bill) thinks Bill has the greatest job on the…
Covering Natural Disasters Through Food
Nov 14, 2017 • 32 min
Eater deputy editor Erin DeJesus explains how to cover disasters while they are the center of attention(2:00), and while they start to lose public attention. Eater Houston editor Amy McCarthy catches us up on Houston’s dining scene 16 weeks after…
Is the Michelin Guide Bullshit?
Nov 7, 2017 • 32 min
It’s Michelin season in the Eater offices, which means endless debates about the value of the guide and its coveted stars. On today’s upsell, Amanda and Dan talk with Ryan Sutton, Eater’s chief food critic about the guide’s limited scope and Stefanie…
What It Took to Take down John Besh
Oct 31, 2017 • 32 min
On October 21st Brett Anderson of, The Times Picayune, filed a 6000 word report claiming that 25 employees reported experiencing sexual harassment while on the job working for Besh Restaurant Group. Additionally, John Besh himself was accused of…
How to Support Women in the Food World
Oct 23, 2017 • 21 min
It is much harder for female chefs to garner the exposure of their male counterparts. Eater’s editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt explains to co-host Daniel Geneen why this problem exists, and what we can all do about it.
How José Andrés Is Helping Feed Puerto Rico
Oct 11, 2017 • 35 min
On today’s episode of the Upsell, Eater’s resident José Andrés expert Monica Burton stops by to chat with Amanda and Dan about all the ways Andrés is being a super hero in Puerto Rico. 0:00 What José is up to in Puerto Rico. 9:00 Best of José Andrés…
Best Of: Anthony Bourdain
Oct 2, 2017 • 35 min
Don’t ask Anthony Bourdain to limit himself to other people’s assumptions. It’s been sixteen years since Kitchen Confidential blew up the food world; in the time since, he’s built a career as a full-time expectation-upending maverick. Bourdain’s books,…
Best of: Preeti Mistry
Sep 25, 2017 • 29 min
Welcome to the third Best of episode, hosted by Amanda Kludt and Daniel Geneen. Filmmaker turned chef Preeti Mistry cooks Indian food with a distinctly Bay Area sensibility. Think big flavors built from the best ingredients, served in a casual, fun…
Best of TV: Carla Hall and Ted Allen
Sep 18, 2017 • 47 min
Welcome to the second Best of episode: Best of TV (hosted by Amanda Kludt and Daniel Geneen). 5:00 Carla Hall interview 22:10 Amanda and Dan talk Queer Eye 26:30 Ted Allen interview ~~~ Carla Hall is a badass, culinarily and otherwise. The two-season Top…
Best Of Science: Kenji and Nathan Myhrvold
Sep 11, 2017 • 59 min
Welcome to the first Best of the Upsell! hosted by Amanda Kludt and Daniel Geneen (aka apdan). 2:00 Amanda ate at Vespertine!! 6:30 J. Kenji López-Alt interview 32:00 Amanda and Dan talk about Dan being weird with guests 38:00 Nathan Myhrvold interview…
Jay McInerney Was Almost the NYT Restaurant Critic
Sep 4, 2017 • 66 min
Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and the recent Bright, Precious Days, was already a successful novelist when he started writing about wine more than two decades ago. This may be why his columns for House & Garden, the Wall Street Journal,…
Why Bother With a Homemade Oreo? (BraveTart Author Stella Parks)
Aug 28, 2017 • 52 min
Stella Parks spent six years developing the recipes for BraveTart. In the cookbook, the pastry chef, who has a blog of the same name, bakes iconic American desserts and delves into their histories. Listen as she chats with Helen and Greg about trying to…
The Relationship Between Wall Street Money and NYC Restaurants (Billions Creator Brian Koppelman)
Aug 21, 2017 • 60 min
Brian Koppelman loves restaurants, a fact that he’s made eminently clear as co-creator of the Showtime series Billions. On this week’s Upsell, the screenwriter and podcast host talks to Helen and Greg about why he admires chefs and what the audience can…
Why There Will Never Be A Second Franklin BBQ (Aaron Franklin)
Aug 14, 2017 • 63 min
Aaron Franklin is the pitmaster behind Franklin Barbecue, the Austin barbecue restaurant that has had Texans and tourists lining up since it opened in 2009. Despite the high demand, Franklin is adamant about never opening up a second location, and on this…
Is Houston the Best Food City in America? (Chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly)
Aug 7, 2017 • 72 min
Chris Shepherd is one of Houston’s most ambitious chefs. In 2012, he opened Underbelly, which highlights Houston’s diversity with cuisines pulled from its various cultures, and in January, he launched One Fifth, a restaurant that closes each year to…
Where to Find the Best Lobster Rolls in the World (Amy Traverso, Editor of Yankee Magazine)
Jul 31, 2017 • 67 min
Amy Traverso knows a thing or two about lobster rolls. The food editor of Yankee Magazine and co-host of Weekends With Yankee recently compiled her findings from an exhaustive RV tour of New England in an impressive feature called The Great Lobster Roll…
Danny Meyer on Why Tips Are Like Drugs
Jul 24, 2017 • 59 min
Danny Meyer is the king of New York City hospitality. The restaurateur leads the prolific Union Square Hospitality Group, responsible for New York City dining stalwarts Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and the Modern, among others, and the global…
The Politics of Southern Food with John T. Edge (Author of the The Potlikker Papers)
Jul 17, 2017 • 66 min
Writer John T. Edge is a professional “observer of the South,” and in The Potlikker Papers, his “food history of the modern South,” he looks at the ways in which the region’s culinary traditions are inextricably linked with its history. On this week’s…
How Sean Brock Reinvented Himself (and His Restaurants)
Jul 10, 2017 • 61 min
Charleston chef Sean Brock has been widely recognized for the Southern food he serves at his Husk restaurants and at tasting-menu spot McCrady’s. But, Brock has also made headlines for his personal struggle with an autoimmune disease and a recent…
Border Grill’s Susan Feniger Looks Back on Three Decades of LA Cuisine
Jul 3, 2017 • 59 min
Susan Feniger is a pillar of the Los Angeles dining scene. The chef opened her first restaurant in LA with culinary partner Mary Sue Milliken in 1981. Since then, Feniger has opened a number of restaurants both with Milliken and on her own, gaining…
Jeni Britton Bauer’s Ice Cream Secrets
Jun 26, 2017 • 63 min
Jeni Britton Bauer founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 to make better American ice creams. In the decade plus since then, Jeni’s has grown to become one of the leaders of the movement for higher-quality pints. In her conversation with Helen and…
David Chang: “Almost everything we’ve done has been a failure from the get-go”
Jun 19, 2017 • 68 min
David Chang is the powerhouse behind the global Momofuku restaurant empire, which as Helen succinctly puts it at the beginning of this week’s episode, has been largely responsible for “The Way We Eat Now” ever since its New York City beginnings in 2004.…
Dana Cowin On the Most Exciting Time in the Food World
Jun 12, 2017 • 52 min
Dana Cowin spent 21 years as the editor in chief of Food & Wine. During that time, she played a key role in fueling the rise of the celebrity chef. Now, she talks one-on-one to women in the food world on her podcast Speaking Broadly. In her chat with…
Bianca Bosker’s Journey Through the Wild, Wooly World of Wine
Jun 5, 2017 • 61 min
Bianca Bosker left a career as a tech writer to explore the world of sommeliers, wine makers, and well-heeled oenophiles. A wine novice at first, Bosker quickly got sucked into the community of bottle-obsessives through working in restaurants and…
Massimo Bottura’s Big Plans for America and Beyond
May 29, 2017 • 48 min
Massimo Bottura is the driving force behind one of the world’s greatest destination restaurants: Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. The chef/author/restaurateur spent the last two decades developing a style of Italian cuisine that points toward the…
Ayesha Curry’s Indestructible Bubble of Happiness
May 22, 2017 • 50 min
Don’t let her chill demeanor fool you: Ayesha Curry is an insanely busy person. In addition to hosting a Food Network show, launching a meal kit, being married to an NBA superstar, and publishing her own cookbook, Curry is also dipping her toe into the…
Paul Liebrandt: Life In Between Restaurants
May 15, 2017 • 53 min
Paul Liebrandt, former chef of NYC’s two-Michelin-starred Corton, is still cooking. The star of A Matter of Taste, the documentary that chronicled years of his career in fine dining kitchens, is now a consultant. Liebrandt stopped by the Eater Upsell to…
Fabián von Hauske on Building a Critical Darling
May 8, 2017 • 45 min
27 year old Fabián von Hauske and his partner chef Jeremiah Stone are the team behind New York City’s Contra and Wildair, two of the buzziest restaurants on Lower Manhattan’s fine-dining scene. The Mexico City-born chef and 2014 Eater Young Gun stopped by…
Jessica Seinfeld’s Tips for Living a Manageably Fabulous Life
May 1, 2017 • 59 min
Although Jessica Seinfeld says her culinary qualifications are minimal, her home cooking skills have led to four cookbooks. The latest is Food Swings, a book of recipes designed for a life of “virtue and vice.” Seinfeld stopped by the Upsell studio (with…
How Barbara Lynch Built a Boston Empire
Apr 24, 2017 • 52 min
Barbara Lynch put the Boston restaurant scene on the national radar. The 2014 James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur has eight restaurants in her home city, including a collaboration with Eataly Boston, and recently published a memoir, Out of Line, in which…
Wolfgang Puck on Pizza, Sex, and Airports
Apr 17, 2017 • 53 min
Wolfgang Puck is America’s first celebrity chef. The man behind Spago, Cut, and the eponymous airport restaurants you hope to find during layovers, among others, shaped California cuisine as we know it, the pizza included. Fittingly, his celebrity status…
Naomi Pomeroy Eats In Front of Customers
Apr 10, 2017 • 57 min
Naomi Pomeroy’s Portland restaurant Beast turns 10 this year, and over the past decade, the self-made chef has mellowed. Ten years of running the restaurant, which, so far, has stuck to a six-course menu and set seating times, has taught the Pomeroy to…
Don’t Call Teen Chef Flynn McGarry a Teen Chef (Oops)
Apr 3, 2017 • 46 min
Flynn McGarry is still a teen chef, but three years after he came onto the scene as a 15-year-old fine dining wunderkind, he is no longer, technically, a kid. McGarry has spent time in some of the world’s most renowned kitchens, including Geranium in…
José Andrés and Donald Trump Have Two Very Different Approaches to Steak Eating
Mar 27, 2017 • 55 min
José Andrés is the chef that helped America fall in love with tapas. Now, he runs an empire of some 26 restaurants and is a passionate advocate for immigration reform (for which Obama awarded the chef a National Humanities Medal). Andrés is everywhere:…
Ken Friedman On How to Build a Buzzy Restaurant
Mar 20, 2017 • 57 min
Ken Friedman, the music industry hot shot turned restauranteur, has that kind of cool you just have to be born with. Together with chef April Bloomfield, he has reshaped the New York dining scene with his particular take on the English gastropub. Ken…
Melissa Clark and the War Over Pea Guacamole
Mar 13, 2017 • 62 min
Melissa Clark is one of America’s greatest recipe scribes. Over the last two decades, she’s worked on nearly 40 cookbooks and contributed countless recipes to the New York Times food section, where she’s a columnist. One of her NYT contributions, a recipe…
How Tim Ferriss Taught Himself to Cook
Mar 6, 2017 • 49 min
Tim Ferriss built his career on finding the sweet spot between effort and outcome. The podcaster and bestselling writer — you probably know him from The Four-Hour Workweek or The Four-Hour Chef — uses his books as opportunities to teach himself how to be…
JJ Johnson on the Things Culinary School Can’t Teach You
Feb 27, 2017 • 51 min
JJ Johnson is the acclaimed chef behind Minton’s in Harlem. After working his way through several big kitchens in New York City, JJ first earned raves from the critics at Minton’s sister restaurant, the Cecil, where the served a menu that drew inspiration…
Frank Bruni Cares About Donald Trump, Plane Crashes, and Meatloaf
Feb 20, 2017 • 55 min
Frank Bruni is a New York Times op-ed columnist and author of several books about subjects ranging from the Bush administration to the college admissions system, but most food lovers know him as the paper’s chief restaurant critic from 2004 to 2009. Bruni…
Nathan Myhrvold Is the Bruce Wayne of the Culinary World
Feb 13, 2017 • 67 min
Nathan Myhrvold is the wildly successful businessman/scientist/tech guru behind Modernist Cuisine, a self-published culinary encyclopedia that demystifies the world of high-end gastronomy. Nathan also released a spinoff, Modernist Cuisine at Home, and…
Upsell All-Stars
Dec 19, 2016 • 29 min
Helen, Greg, and AP Dan discuss their favorite moments from season 2 of the Eater Upsell.
Francis Lam Is the Cookbook Whisperer
Dec 12, 2016 • 54 min
Francis Lam’s cookbooks always do more than dinner. The editor and writer has ushered some of the best and most inventive cookbooks of the last few years to publication, all of which stand out as better than just a list of recipes — for their…
Fuchsia Dunlop Will Never Be Finished With China
Dec 5, 2016 • 52 min
Fuchsia Dunlop is a big proponent of the “I’ll have what they’re having” school of restaurant ordering. The cookbook author and veritable historian of Chinese culinary culture has made a career of introducing the country’s gastronomic traditions to a…
J. Kenji López-Alt and The Cult of The Food Lab
Nov 28, 2016 • 59 min
For anyone who’s ever asked, “Why?” in the kitchen, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is your man. After getting his start in restaurant and test kitchens in Boston, Kenji created The Food Lab, a column on Serious Eats dedicated to lassoing the laws of science and…
Evan Sung on Modern Food Photography
Nov 21, 2016 • 53 min
Evan Sung didn’t think he’d be a photographer — let alone one of the most sought-after food photographers in the country. Armed with an undergrad degree in psychology and an insatiable curiosity about people and the world, Sung set out to tell the most…
Vivian Howard Can’t Swear on TV.
Nov 14, 2016 • 48 min
Vivian Howard’s new cookbook Deep Run Roots weighs as much as a newborn, but if you think you’ll find a fried chicken recipe on one of its nearly 600 pages, you are gravely mistaken. The eastern North Carolina-based chef, restaurant owner, and Peabody…
Preeti Mistry: Top Chef, Oakland, India, and Beyond
Nov 7, 2016 • 56 min
Filmmaker turned chef Preeti Mistry cooks Indian food with a distinctly Bay Area sensibility. Think big flavors built from the best ingredients, served in a casual, fun setting. On a recent trip to New York, Mistry stopped by the Eater Upsell studios to…
Ashley Christensen Is at the Center of a Revolution
Oct 31, 2016 • 57 min
Ashley Christensen is a Raleigh-based chef and restaurateur who was shot into the culinary spotlight after opening Poole’s Diner, both because of her unique take on Southern cooking and the way the space brought new life to the community. Now, her work is…
Anthony Bourdain
Oct 24, 2016 • 53 min
Don’t ask Anthony Bourdain to limit himself to other people’s assumptions. It’s been sixteen years since Kitchen Confidential blew up the food world; in the time since, he’s built a career as a full-time expectation-upending maverick. Bourdain’s books,…
Julia Turshen: Building a Better Cookbook
Oct 17, 2016 • 46 min
Why does everyone want to work with Julia Turshen? She’s been known to turn book drafts in entire years before their due date — and also strongly believes there’s no such thing as too much bourbon. A noted cookbook collaborator and writer whose first…
Mario Batali on Celebrities and Pasta Power
Oct 10, 2016 • 46 min
Mario Batali is more than a household name — he’s a Croc-wearing, Vespa-riding, salumi-slicing force of nature. On today’s episode of the Eater Upsell, Mario stops by the hallowed halls (his words) to chat with Helen and Greg about his favorite celebrity…
Curtis Stone’s Fine Dining Fantasy
Oct 3, 2016 • 50 min
Australian-born chef Curtis Stone is giving LA’s fine dining scene a kick in the pants right now at his tasting menu Maude, and its meat-centric spinoff Gwen. In his chat with Helen and Greg, Curtis touches upon all the major moments of his unusual career…
Amanda Cohen’s Weird and Wonderful Vegetables
Sep 26, 2016 • 49 min
Amanda Cohen, the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, is a trailblazer in the world of vegetable-forward cooking and an outspoken advocate for going gratuity-free. The chef, writer, and cookbook author dropped by the Eater Upsell studios to talk with Greg and…
Life Lessons From Eric Ripert
Sep 19, 2016 • 40 min
In this episode, chef Eric Ripert stops by the Upsell studios for a candid conversation with Upsell co-host Greg Morabito. Ripert shares the story of how he rose through the ranks of the New York City fine dining world, and he reveals how he keeps Le…
Marc Summers on the Birth of Food TV
Sep 12, 2016 • 48 min
According to Marc Summers, the beloved game show host, Food Network OG, and powerhouse producer, his whole career arc was a mistake. The magician and pizza fanatic went from a life of judging wet t-shirt contests and selling wholesale smoked salmon to…
Alex Stupak: In Defense of Fancy Tacos
Sep 6, 2016 • 59 min
(Ep 21) Want to hear someone tell it exactly like it is? Talk to Alex Stupak. The chef and restaurateur behind New York’s growing Empellón empire is totally candid about cooking Mexican food as a white guy, the need to stay relevant, and Nine Inch Nails —…
Carla Hall’s Journey to The Chew and Beyond
Aug 29, 2016 • 51 min
(Ep 20) Carla Hall is a badass, culinarily and otherwise. The two-season Top Chef finalist, host on ABC’s The Chew, cookbook author, and chef and owner at Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen drops some major wisdom on this week’s episode of the Eater Upsell,…
Ted Allen on Chopped (and Queer Eye) Secrets
Aug 22, 2016 • 52 min
(Ep 19) Who knew helping clueless dudes learn a thing or two about food and wine would pave the way for this now Emmy-award-winning host, writer, and cookbook author? On the latest episode of The Eater Upsell, Chopped and Chopped Junior host Ted Allen…
Andrew Zimmern’s Brief History of Modern Dining
Aug 15, 2016 • 60 min
(Ep 18) Andrew Zimmern on Taking Risks. The Chef & TV Host delves into his culinary past — and the history of modern American cuisine — in a freewheeling, candid conversation with the hosts of The Eater Upsell.
Alton Brown
Dec 21, 2015 • 58 min
Legendary television host and cookbook author Alton Brown drops by the Upsell studio to talk about the changing shape of food TV, the weirdness and wonderfulness of fame, life on the road, the military strategy of Cutthroat Kitchen, and how making dinner…
Gabe Stulman
Dec 7, 2015 • 71 min
Gabriel Stulman is the proprietor of Happy Cooking Hospitality. A Wisconsin native, Stulman moved to New York in 2003 and began working front of the house positions in downtown Manhattan restaurants. After opening the Little Owl and Market Table in the…
Yotam Ottolenghi
Nov 23, 2015 • 50 min
Jerusalem-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi became an unlikely cookbook superstar when his collection of vegetarian-leaning recipes, Plenty, became a blockbuster global bestseller. Four books and several restaurants later, he’s credited with…
Garrett Oliver
Nov 9, 2015 • 79 min
Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery. A native New Yorker, Oliver has been making beer for over two decades. He is the editor in chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, and the author of the Brewmaster’s Table. In 2014, Garrett took home…
David Kinch
Oct 26, 2015 • 59 min
David Kinch is the chef/proprietor of the fine dining restaurant Manresa in Los Gatos, California. Kinch has received numerous accolades over the years, including the Best Chef, Pacific James Beard Award in 2010, and three stars for Manresa in the most…
Jessica Koslow
Oct 12, 2015 • 47 min
Jessica Koslow is the chef/owner of Sqirl in Los Angeles. The chef first earned acclaim for making fruit jams, which she sold at farmer’s markets in the LA Area. Koslow found a space for her jam company in the Silver Lake neighborhood in 2011, and it…
Emeril Lagasse
Sep 28, 2015 • 58 min
Emeril Lagasse is the James Beard Award-winning chef/owner behind 12 restaurants across the country, including the 25-year-old Emeril’s in New Orleans and Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House in Las Vegas. Lagasse has authored over 15 cookbooks during his…
Gabrielle Hamilton
Sep 14, 2015 • 47 min
Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef-owner of iconic New York City restaurant Prune, the author of both the memoir Blood, Bones, and Butter and the Prune cookbook, and the star of season 4 of the PBS series Mind of a Chef.
Jen Agg
Aug 31, 2015 • 60 min
Jen Agg is a savvy, outspoken restaurateur who’s quietly shifted the paradigm in Toronto’s food scene with her restaurants, including the Black Hoof. She’s the founder of Kitchen Bitches: Smashing the Patriarchy One Plate at a Time, a conference…
Bill Addison
Aug 17, 2015 • 47 min
Bill Addison is’s restaurant editor, a job that keeps him dining around the country for the majority of the year. Before coming aboard the Eater mothership, Bill was the food editor and restaurant critic at Atlanta Magazine, and before that he…
Alex Raij
Aug 3, 2015 • 38 min
Alex Raij and her husband Eder Montero are the chef/operators of some of New York’s best Spanish restaurants, including La Vara and El Quinto Pino. Raij is currently working on her first book with Montero, Welcome Basque.
Hugh Acheson
Jul 20, 2015 • 49 min
Chef/restaurateur Hugh Acheson operates a string of popular restaurants in Georgia, including Empire State South, The Florence, and The National. In addition to publishing two cookbooks, Acheson is a frequent judge on Top Chef.
David Lebovitz
Jul 6, 2015 • 58 min
David Lebovitz is the author of numerous books, including The Sweet Life in Paris and My Paris Kitchen. A former pastry chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, Lebovitz now lives in Paris and has been actively blogging about cooking since 1999.
John Besh
Jun 22, 2015 • 44 min
John Besh is the chef/restaurateur behind some of New Orleans’ most popular restaurants, including August, Domenica, Shaya, Luke, and Borgne. In 2011, the chef established The John Besh Foundation, a non-profit that provides grants, loans, and…
Anita Lo
Jun 8, 2015 • 34 min
Anita Lo is the chef/owner of Annisa in New York City, which has received numerous accolades over the years, including a coveted three star rating from the New York Times. Outside of Annisa, Lo competed on Iron Chef America and published a cookbook,…
Michael Solomonov
May 25, 2015 • 56 min
Chef Michael Solomonov operates a cluster of acclaimed Philadelphia restaurants with his partner Steve Cook, including Dizengoff, Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, Percy Street Barbecue, and their flagship, Zahav. In fall 2015, Solomonov will publish his first…
Dan Barber
May 11, 2015 • 35 min
Dan Barber is the chef/restaurateur behind Blue Hill in New York City and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY. A seminal figure in the farm-to-table movement, Barber recently won a James Beard Award for his bookThe Third Plate: Field Notes on…