The Transition From Award-Winning Pastry Chef to Corporate Chef

About Bill Corbett

This week our podcast guest is Bill Corbett. Many people know him from his years working as a pastry chef with people like Sam MasonWylie DufresneLincoln CarsonMichael Mina, and Daniel Patterson. But he left the world of pastry behind and is currently the executive chef and head of culinary at Salesforce. Bill has been recognized as the Best Pastry Chef 2011 from San Francisco Magazine, and in 2013 he was selected as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine.

Strawberries, ricotta mousse, lemon cake, celery by pastry chef Bill Corbett
Strawberries, ricotta mousse, lemon cake, celery

On This Week’s Podcast

We talk about the transition from being a restaurant pastry chef, to overseeing Salesforce’s Ohana floor kitchens and barista programs across the company’s global towers. There are a lot of changes that come with a change like this. Bill discusses learning to be a better leader, and stepping away from the food.

We also talk about punk rock, and Brooks Headley, and hear about how the Killed by Dessert events came to be. If you’ve never heard of them, they were a series of collaborative dessert events he did with Christina Tosi, Lincoln Carson, Francisco Migoya, Michael Laiskonis, and Brooks Headley. If you’re a fan of pastry chefs, or want to hear about transitioning into the corporate food world, this episode’s for you. 

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Somdip Dey on Using Artificial Intelligence to Combat Food Waste

artificial intelligence scientist somdip dey on fighting food waste

About Somdip Dey

This week’s podcast guest is Somdip Dey. He’s an embedded artificial intelligence scientist and engineer, turned entrepreneur, fighting a war against food waste. He’s the CEO of Nosh Technologies which provides mobile solutions to optimize consumers’ food consumption, and reduces food waste in their households.  He’s also a TEDx speaker.

On This Week’s Podcast

We talk about food waste and some of the technologies helping to combat it. Somdip’s parents we in a horrible car accident, and he was sending them all his money to help with their medical bills. With no money left to buy groceries, he resorted to dumpster diving to survive. This was the seed that started his crusade. You don’t need to be a scientist to follow our conversation. Somdip does get a little bit nerdy about tech, but he breaks it down so it’s easy to understand. So, will AI take over and kill us like in The Terminator? Probably not. But it has helped him create some unique art, like the photo of him I’m using to promote this episode. He’s also begun creating music aided by AI.

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Comedian and Actor Dan Ahdoot on Restaurants, Persian Cooking, His Food Podcast and Cobra Kai

About Dan Ahdoot

For Episode 100 of the podcast, my guest is Dan Ahdoot. He’s a standup comic, actor, writer, producer, and podcast host. He’s a national headliner who’s a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, and is currently acting on Netflix’s Cobra Kai. He’s garnered fans as a character actor on the shows Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, Shameless, Workaholics, and Disney Channel’s Kickin’ It. 

On his podcast Green Eggs and Dan, he takes a new look at “you are what you eat,” and brings listeners in on conversations about food, life, and more, with some of his most entertaining friends. Not your typical food show, Green Eggs and Dan is the type of food podcast you’d make with your friends around the table, roasting more than just food.

Dan’s show has hit #1 on the podcast charts, and his guests have included Jacques Pepin, Ruth Reichl, Padma Lakshmi, Henry Winkler, Paul F Tompkins, and Iliza Schlesinger. Starting in August, you can see him in a brand new Food Network cooking competition show called Raid the Fridge, and he’ll have a food memoir coming out soon called Lost Sole.

On This Week’s Podcast

On the show, we talk about Persian food and cooking, luxury food ingredients, and the dining scene in general. You’ll hear how he went from pre-med to stand-up and acting, and now podcasting. And as a fan of Cobra Kai, I had to know if he was Team Daniel or Team Johnny.

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Recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho

recipe for watermelon gazpacho
recipe for watermelon gazpacho

About Watermelon Gazpacho

This recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho comes from podcast guest Jonathan Bardzik, and is featured in Jonathan’s new cookbook Simple Summer: a recipe for joy and connection

From Jonathan: “10 years ago watermelon gazpacho became popular and nearly ubiquitous on summer restaurant menus here in the Mid-Atlantic. I often find them disappointing with the watermelon used as savory. Watermelon is a delicious fruit, but a pretty mediocre vegetable. This recipe lets the tomatoes shine with a pinch of salt, while the watermelon stars as a sweet, summer fruit brought out by honey and juiced to add liquid to the soup.”

Recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon gazpacho

Serves 6-8

Of all the recipes in this book, this is the one I am proudest of. I have served it at least 100 times since developing it and every time it garners raves. Salt brings out the tomato, and honey makes the watermelon pop. Leave out the watermelon juice, add some cumin and serve this as a salsa over fried fish tacos!

Ingredients:

4 cups finely diced watermelon plus 2 cups cut in 2” chunks

2 large tomatoes, finely diced, about 2 cups

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 tsp lime zest

2 tbs lime juice

1/2 jalapeño, seeded and minced

2 tbs finely chopped basil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 tbs honey

Directions:

Mix together the 4 cups of finely diced watermelon with the tomato, onion lime zest, juice, jalapeño and basil. Stir together.

Press remaining 2 cups of large chunks of watermelon through a food mill or purée in a food processor and strain through a fine sieve to remove solids.

Add watermelon juice, vinegar and honey to soup. Season to taste with salt, pepper and additional honey, if needed.

If you make this soup ahead of time, check the seasoning again before serving. The watermelon and tomatoes will release more moisture and dilute the salt, vinegar and honey.

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The Joy Premium and How it Relates to Charging for Your Work – with Cook and Storyteller Jonathan Bardzik

The Joy Premium and How it Relates to Charging for Your Work - with Cook and Storyteller Jonathan Bardzik

About Jonathan Bardzik

This week my guest is Jonathan Bardzik. He’s a storyteller, cook, and author. He’s a performer, speaking and cooking for private and corporate audiences, creating customized experiences that build connection. He’s appeared with more than 900 audiences, been on the TedX stage, written 4 books, and his new television series, Jonathan’s Kitchen: Seasons to Taste recently debuted on Revry. His work has been covered by USAToday, The Washington Post, and Food Network Magazine. Overcoming hurdles, including once setting the Christmas dinner table on fire, Jonathan celebrates 10 years in business this month.

quinoa tower by chef jonathan bardzik

On This Week’s Podcast

On the show, we talk about how he started his cooking and speaking career, and he shares his advice on how you can start too. We discuss why he wanted to write cookbooks, and some tips for those listeners who might want to do the same. We talk about his new TV show, and improvisation while speaking and cooking. Jonathan also explains what the joy premium is, and how it’s related to charging for your work. How much joy does a dinner bring you? If you’re excited about an event, maybe you’d be ok with charging less. If it seems like the client might be challenging, and this is just a transactional event, you’d better get that money. What are your thought’s?  Feel free to comment on Facebook, Instagram or shoot me a DM or email.

washington dc chef jonathan bardzik cooking at the farmer's market

And next week is episode 100. I think this is quite the milestone. The episode will still be about food, but my guest is an actor whose resume includes the TV show Cobra Kai. Intrigued? Come back next week.

tacos by chef jonathan bardzik

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