Mar 20, 2018

Deirdra Jones, Designer

When in a restaurant, how much attention do you pay to the outfits worn by the wait staff? Probably, not much. That's so not the case for Deirdra Jones. Along with her husband, they founded Jones of Boerum Hill, a high-end uniform and apron company to: "fill a void in the market for a workwear company to take a more fashion forward approach to uniforms and aprons." And have they ever! Their line can be found in top bars, restaurants and hotels all over the world. Meet and get to know yet another creative woman.

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Jan 23, 2018

Susan Spicer, Chef/Restauranteur

According to the National Restaurant Association, only 19% of chefs in the U.S. are women. You're about to meet one of them. Susan Spicer has been dubbed a one-woman industry in New Orleans. She is the chef/owner of 3 Big Easy restaurants: Mondo, Rosedale and the French Quarter's culinary landmark, Bayona. Inducted into the James Beard Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America and a member of the Culinary Hall of Fame, Susan shares her passion and drive to prepare creative classic dishes, while expanding on local culinary traditions.

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Aug 22, 2017

Cynthia Hill, Television and Film Producer

Award-winning director Cynthia Hill's newest documentary series is the 8-part "Road to Race Day," which offers a behind the scenes look at the world of NASCAR racing told through the people who make it happen. Cynthia's made it happen with her films that focus on critical but often overlooked stories of the American South...and beyond. Perhaps you're familiar with "A Chef's Life," her first tv series which has been broadcast on PBS since 2013. It won both a Peabody and Daytime Emmy Award. There's plenty too talk about with this born and bred North Carolinian who also happens to be....a pharmacist!

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Dec 27, 2016

Marcia Thompson, Restauranteur

Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room has been a fixture on historic and beautiful Jones Street in Savannah, Georgia since 1943. Open Monday-Friday from 11:00am-2:00pm, diners wait in line for seats at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Once inside, they're greeted by an assortment of delicious home-cooked Southern dishes. You're about to meet Marcia Thompson, whose late grandmother, Sema, is Mrs. Wilkes, considered a pioneer for women in the restaurant business. This is a fascinating and mouth watering conversation about love, family and history.

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Jul 5, 2016

Amanda Pacheco, Pastry Chef

Hear what life is like as Pastry Chef of the venerated Balthazar Bakery - where thousands of croissants, baguettes, scones, breads, tarts, cakes, pies and mini pastries are lovingly made daily at its Englewood, New Jersey 14,000 square foot facility. Amanda Pacheco, who earned degrees in both Culinary and Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales, began working at Balthazar as a pastry cook, worked her way up to sous pastry chef and in 2015, snagged her dream job - Pastry Chef. Amanda, who supervises a staff of 8, gets to work at 5:00am 5 days a week, including holidays - Thanksgiving, New Year's Day, Easter. But, it's a labor of love.Grab an iced tea and a galette and check out this mouth-watering conversation.

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May 3, 2016

Valerie Shulock, Chef, Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner

She might not have any formal culinary training, but that didn't stop Valerie Shulock from launching her own catering business, Basil Tree. That was back in 1987, when she and two friends cooked and created in a cramped kitchen in Somerville, Mass making unique dishes for area cafes and take-out markets. Today, Val has more than 30 employees who work out of a much larger space in Cambridge. Basil Tree Catering & Cafe is a business with a conscience, working closely with the Boston area's charitable organizations and shelters. As a certified Sustainable Business leader, Val and company recycle and re-compost more than 90% of their waste. Val shares her philosophy, work ethic and some of her delicious dishes - made from scratch with fresh, all natural ingredients.

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Feb 2, 2016

Dana Gunders

Dana Gunders has her work cut out. A Staff Scientist at the prestigious National Resources Defense Council, she leads the organization's work on reducing food waste and promoting sustainability throughout our food systems and supply chains. Dana is the author of the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook, which she describes as a 'light-hearted kitchen reference book packed with handy information to help reduce the amount of food wasted in our daily lives." By the way, the average household of 4 spends about $120 a month on food that's never eaten! Tune in - there's plenty of food for thought in this conversation.

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Jan 26, 2016

Nancy Easton

Readin', writin,' rithmetic, repast. It's a combination Nancy Easton strongly supports. In 2005, she co-founded Wellness in the Schools (WITS). As Executive Director, Nancy's goal has been to inspire healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for children in the public schools. She has helped WITS grow from 3 New York City public schools to more than 70 - impacting some 40,000 students. WITS works with a committed team of professionals, including renown, well-respected Executive Chef Bill Telepan.

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Dec 1, 2015

Stefanie Sacks

Ever since she was a teenager, Stefanie Sacks has been on a mission - to help all of us develop healthy eating habits by providing the lowdown on what we put in our mouths. Her book, What the Fork Are You Eating? An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate, exposes the truth about what's hidden in our food. It also provides an action plan with 50 time-tested recipes. You can't afford to miss what this Culinary Nutritionist, author, teacher and professional chef has to say.

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Nov 24, 2015

Danielle Saunders

Danielle Saunders' love of cooking began at the tender age of 5 when she started helping her family prepare Sunday dinner. She's still going strong. So strong in fact, that in 2011 she wowed the judges at the Food Network, becoming the first female African-American winner of its hit TV show "Chopped." She also walked off with top honors on "Chopped Champions." She's studied with the best and her client list has grown along with her culinary career - Danielle was Sean Combs' personal chef and has also cooked for Oprah, Tom Hanks and Mary J. Blige. This is a conversation sure to whet your appetite.

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