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Hot Takes on a Plate
44 minutes | 7 days ago
What Is Healthy?
How big a role does confirmation bias play in how we each decide which foods are healthy? Can we trust what we read online about the latest studies, super foods and diet trends? Are al pastor tacos healthy? Rob Petrone goes deep down the “healthy” rabbit hole with licensed dietician-nutritionist and co-owner of Perelandra Natural Foods, Allison Buckingham, in the latest Hot Takes on a Plate.
27 minutes | a month ago
Food Trends with Maile Carpenter
What will we all be cooking and eating in 2021? Food Network Magazine editor-in-chief Maile Carpenter joins Rob Petrone to discuss food trends -- how they are determined, social media’s role in what we eat and how COVID-19 has influenced our relationship with food. Rob also shares his food trend predictions with Maile.10 Foods and Drinks You’ll See Everywhere in 2021 (Food Network Magazine): https://www.foodnetwork.com/magazine/articles/2021-food-and-drinks
42 minutes | a month ago
David Chang & Accountability (with Hannah Selinger)
It’s no secret David Chang has a temper; he’s personally shared accounts of his rage for years, most recently (and vividly) in his 2020 memoir, Eat a Peach. Chang has always controlled the narrative around his anger -- until writer and former Momofuku corporate beverage director Hannah Selinger wrote a thorough essay this past December for Eater about her time working for Chang and the toxic work environment he fostered.In this special Hot Takes on a Plate, Selinger discusses with Rob Petrone how and why Chang has avoided any major backlash for his behavior over the years and what, exactly, accountability would look like in his case.Read Sellinger’s Eater essay: https://www.eater.com/22193151/momofuku-david-chang-memoir-eat-a-peach-review* CORRECTION: During the interview, Rob says Peter Meehan was fired from his position as editor of the Los Angeles Times food section; Meehan resigned. More here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/dining/peter-meehan-resigns-la-times.html
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Should You Use Those Restaurant Gift Cards?
With restaurants struggling due to COVID-19, should you be using those restaurant gift cards you received for the holidays or paying for meals with your own money and saving them for later (or never)? Rob Petrone shares with his friend, chef-restaurateur Adam Lathan, how guilt has kept him from using gift cards to Adam’s restaurant, The Gumbo Bros, when he orders food from there during the pandemic. Adam’s response to how gift cards work at his restaurant -- and whether you should feel guilty about using those cards -- is enlightening.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Pandemic Thanksgiving with Joe Yonan
Washington Post Food & Dining Editor Joe Yonan joins Rob Petrone to discuss Thanksgiving in the COVID-19 era. The two also debate turkey cooking methods and which sides you can (and can’t) live without.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
America's Best New Restaurants (Pandemic Edition) with Jeff Gordinier
What’s it like attempting to chronicle the best eats our country has to offer during a global pandemic? Esquire Food & Drinks Editor Jeff Gordinier joins Rob Petrone to discuss putting together Esquire’s Best New Restaurants 2020 list.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
A Year Without Restaurant Hunter
On November 13th, 2019, Fios1 News went off the air and, with it, the popular food franchise Rob Petrone developed, executive produced and hosted: Restaurant Hunter. On this special Hot Takes on a Plate, Rob opens up about life after 585 episodes of Restaurant Hunter: what he’s been up to (besides this podcast), what he has in store and why you haven’t seen him on TV in the past year (and may not anytime soon). Rob also answers fan questions and reminisces about the show with longtime show videographer Danyella Vitucci.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
Booze with Brad Thomas Parsons
Award-winning drinks writer Brad Thomas Parsons joins Rob Petrone to debate the best (and worst) in cocktails, liquor, election night drinking and hangover recovery.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
The Halloween Candy Draft (with Ryan Sutton)
Eater New York critic Ryan Sutton squares off against Rob Petrone in the ultimate Halloween candy draft! These two food pros get eight picks each to craft their dream lineups. What candy goes #1? Which notable sweets go undrafted? And whose ‘dream team’ do you prefer? Leave a comment or let Rob know at @RobPetroneTV on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!
44 minutes | 4 months ago
This Chef Won't Let You Eat At His Restaurant (Eric Rivera)
Eric Rivera has picked fights with famous chefs and dished out some of the hottest restaurant takes during the COVID era. The innovative Seattle-based chef and restaurateur discusses his desire to change the restaurant industry (and the opposition he’s faced) with Rob Petrone -- including why he won’t let you eat at his restaurant, Addo. (Major language warning on this one.)
24 minutes | 5 months ago
Two Restaurants. Same Town. Very Different Politics.
Narrowsburg is a small hamlet in the Catskills, New York. Donald Trump won the town it resides in, Tusten, in 2016 by 12 percentage points. But many of the restaurants there are a draw for tourists and weekenders that come from liberal places like Manhattan and Brooklyn. On this special Hot Takes on a Plate, Rob Petrone talks to the owner of one of those destination restaurants, Phil South of The Laundrette, who has not hid his progressive politics in this conservative town -- a town with another restaurant that is famous for a very large Trump sign.
32 minutes | 5 months ago
Is Pumpkin Spice Nice?
It’s pumpkin spice season -- also known as the most polarizing time of the (food) year. Food Network’s Ali Khan and The Takeout’s Allison Robicelli join Rob Petrone to spill all their hot takes on pumpkin-spiced lattes, pumpkin ales, and even pumpkin-spiced turkeys and mac & cheese!
41 minutes | 5 months ago
Dan Pashman on 10 Years of Food Hot Takes
Dan Pashman is arguably the most successful food podcaster there has ever been. His trailblazing show, The Sporkful, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. On this special Hot Takes on a Plate, Dan chats with Rob Petrone about bouncing back from adversity, The Sporkful’s evolution and what he’s learned about food in the past 10 years. Rob then challenges some of Dan’s all-time hottest food takes, including his most controversial one: A hot dog is a sandwich.
30 minutes | 5 months ago
Awards with Alicia Kennedy
In the wake of the James Beard Awards deciding not to announce its culinary winners this year (and opting to forgo its traditional awards presentations altogether in 2021), Rob Petrone speaks with food writer Alicia Kennedy about her recent essay on awards -- what purpose they serve, the biases baked into them, and the conflicting emotions and realities that surround them for those in the restaurant and food media worlds.Read Alicia’s work here: https://aliciakennedy.substack.com/
36 minutes | 6 months ago
Wilson Tang Believes In New York, Market Corrections And Chinese Takeout
Rob Petrone chats with Nom Wah Tea Parlor owner Wilson Tang about running one of New York’s most iconic restaurants during COVID-19, whether the city’s move to allow indoor dining at a quarter capacity at the end of September will be enough to save restaurants and all the (premature) obituaries being written about their city. Rob and Wilson also debate whether federal bailouts are the answer to the industry’s problems. Plus … are Sesame Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken the same thing? Are soup dumplings the best dumplings? The two share hot takes on Chinese food.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
My Mental Health Routine
With COVID-19 continuing to be a massive part of our lives and the fall tending to be a busier (and more stressful) time of year, Rob Petrone takes a break from his usual food debates to share how he handles anxiety by opening up about his mental health routine.
26 minutes | 6 months ago
Back To School Bites (Figuratively and Literally) with Carrie Melago
Chalkbeat Managing Editor for Local News Carrie Melago joins Rob Petrone to discuss an upcoming school year like no other -- how much it bites (as in everything feels BAD) and actual bites (as in hot takes on the school lunches and cafeteria foods we all grew up eating). Has there ever been a podcast that discussed PPE and sloppy joes? There is now.
29 minutes | 6 months ago
Can You Criticize Restaurants Online During COVID?
With restaurants struggling financially and employees risking their health to serve diners, is it okay to write negative online restaurant reviews during COVID-19? Rob Petrone explores this topic with restaurateurs Paulie Giannone of Paulie Gee’s and Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Heather Freiser of Beginnings Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, Long Island. Hear how Paulie uniquely responded to a critical Yelp review calling one of his employees a “hipster window boy” and how Heather used social media to fight back against a particularly harsh post where social distancing and mask wearing were involved.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
Bars with Kevin Sintumuang
Esquire's culture and lifestyle director, Kevin Sintumuang, joins Rob Petrone to discuss what it was like releasing the magazine's annual Best Bars in America feature during a global pandemic. The two also dish hot takes on America's best city for bars and if it's acceptable for parents to bring kids to bars.Esquire's Best Bars in America, 2020: http://www.esquire.com/food-drink/bars/a32617871/best-bars-america-2020/
34 minutes | 7 months ago
Coffee with Arsalan Pourmand
Coffee is better than alcohol. The only way to drink coffee is black. Coffee should never be paired with a savory brunch. These are just some of the coffee hot takes Rob Petrone is throwing at one of his favorite coffee roasters, Arsalan Pourmand of Flux Coffee in Farmingdale, New York, on this week’s Hot Takes on a Plate. (Warning: Arsalan's very passionate about coffee, so there are a few curse words sprinkled into this one.) Plus, Rob name-drops some great coffee roasters and coffee shops you should support!For more on Flux: https://www.fluxcoffee.com/
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