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A Hungry Society

Heritage Radio Network

Food media is blowing up, yet entire communities are left out of the conversation. Food is the best way to get to know each other and cultures outside of our own, and it's important that everyone has a seat at the table to tell their story. Food writer and photographer Korsha Wilson created A Hungry Society to foster more diverse and inclusive conversations about the culinary world. Each week, Korsha looks critically at the current state of the food world and welcomes guests to discuss the role of food in their lives.
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Today's guest is Krishnendu Ray, Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU. He was a faculty member and the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at The Culinary Institute of America and is the author of The Migrant’s Table (2004), The Ethnic Restaurateur (2016), and the co-editor of Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia (2012). His most recent work is on street vending in global cities with attention to questions of law, livelihood, and liveliness of cities.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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Chef Chris began his culinary career in Philadelphia when the city was in the midst of a culinary revolution. He worked alongside notable chefs such as Al Paris, Michael Solomanov, and with the Starr Restaurant Group as sous chef to Franklin Becker and Marcus Samuelsson. After honing his skills in Philly for 15 years, Chef Chris moved to New York City where he led as the Executive Chef for CNN and Time Warner. There he cooked for international dignitaries such as Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, South African President Nelson Mandela, as well as many actors, professional athletes and top media personalities. In November 2010, Chef Chris opened Brooklyn Commune with his wife Eugenie. They both shared a love for food and community and embarked on a mission to bring people together around food. They developed socially responsible programs including kids cooking classes that benefited a local women’s shelter, free monthly meals and healthy recipe sharing in underprivileged neighborhoods, and other local as well as international efforts. They were honored with the Community Leader Award by CAMBA for their work and commitment to raising the community. Chef Chris continues his social advocacy work as a brand ambassador for the Institute of Culinary Education, inspiring up and coming chefs, and also with the Food Bank of NYC in their mission to eradicate hunger. In April 2016, they opened Butterfunk Kitchen, a soul food restaurant that is heritage cooking at its finest. The restaurant was recognized by Brooklyn Magazine as one of 10 BEST New Restaurants in 2016 and received high praise from the New York Times. Chef Chris also competed on season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef and earned his place as a top four finalist, showcasing his family’s migration soul food. The recognition from the series has amplified his mission to give soul food the respect it deserves as honorable American cuisine. In February 2018, Chris spearheaded a dinner at the James Beard House for Juneteenth Day, commemorating the date when slavery was finally abolished in all of the United States. This was an historic event for the James Beard House, being the first to ever honor an African American holiday and will proudly continue as an annual dinner. Chris continues to share the history and development of African American culture through a cookbook, sharing his family’s recipes and stories across seven generations and with the recent opening of his third restaurant BIRDMAN in Bridgeport CT.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and food writer from the Washington D.C. area. He blogs at Afroculinaria.com. He’s appeared on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, Many Rivers to Cross with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, and has lectured to over 400 groups. He has served as a judge for the James Beard Awards and is a fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance and TED and the first Revolutionary in Residence at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Southern Living named Twitty, one of "Fifty People Changing the South and the Root.com added him to tbeir 100 most influential African Americans under 45. Beyonce beat him out as number one.” HarperCollins released Twitty’s The Cooking Gene, in 2017, tracing his ancestry through from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom, a finalist for The Kirkus Prize and The Art of Eating Prize and a third place winner of Barnes&Noble's Discover New Writer's Awards in Nonfiction. THE COOKING GENE WON the 2018 James Beard Award for best writing as well as book of the year, his piece on visiting Ghana in Bon Appetit will included in Best Food Writing in 2019 and was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award.

Image courtesy of Johnathan M. Lewis.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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"Lazarus Lynch is an entrepreneur, chef, musician, author and multi-media host. He is a two-time Chopped champion, host of Food Network Digital’s Comfort Nation, and author of the cookbook, Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul.

Born and raised in New York City, Lazarus learned to cook at an early age under the tutelage of his late father, who shared traditional recipes from his family’s southern heritage. Inspired by his father, Lazarus developed a joyful, bold approach to food and vibrant aesthetic that put a modern spin on the soul food of his father’s kitchen. Lazarus' passion for cooking led him to create the culinary content platform and brand, Son of a Southern Chef— a 2017 Saveur Blog Awards nominee.

Lazarus has appeared on The Food Network, NBC, ABC, NPR, BuzzFeed, Tastemade, The Cooking Channel, and The Today Show. He was also the host of Snapchat’s first cooking show, Chopped U.

Lazarus is a World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Recipient, an alumnus and supporter of Food & Finance High School in New York City, and a 4-H Luminary."

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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This episode is part-interview with Zella Palmer, educator, food historian, author and filmmaker who serves as the Chair and Director of the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture in New Orleans. This episode is also a tribute to the late chef, Leah Chase and a discussion of her legacy and impact on New Orleans and America.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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