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Leiti Hsu is back for a brand new episode of WORD OF MOUTH after a brief hiatus! She's full of energy and joined by a great guest to get things back on track. Hear from Chris Jaeckle, the talented chef behind All'onda, a modern Venetian inspired Italian restaurant with Japanese influences in New York City. Chris is a fine dining vet, having worked as head chef at Michael White's Ai Fiori and spending almost a decade in kitchens like Tabla, Eleven Madison Park and Moriomoto. Tune in and hear why his mom is so important to him, why other cultures fascinate him and what it was like dealing with a brain tumor amidst a difficult time in his career. This program was brought to you by Of a Kind.

"When you're about to put 110-120 hours a week into something, other things seem to slip away." [08:00]

"I'm a very curious person - I'm always trying to understand cultures and quite often that's through food." [16:00]

"Everyone rubs you the wrong way sometimes. It's about finding those people who rub you the wrong way the least." [42:00]

--Chris Jaeckle on WORD OF MOUTH


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Take a trip to South Beach on a brand new episode of the business of The Business as Phil Colicchio is joined by Chef Michael Schwartz. Honored with the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South in 2010, Michael Schwartz has gained national recognition for his commitment to community and responsible, seasonal food sourcing. In Miami, diners flock to his restaurants, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Harry’s Pizzeria, both well known for their mix of laid-back atmosphere and straightforward, homemade food that uses fresh, local ingredients. Find out how a bad business decision turned out to be a good one for Michael and hear what makes Miami such a unique place to cook. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.

"I feel like I'm in a position now where I can coach and mentor younger people and it's great - I get pleasure from that." [05:00]

"The biggest dumbest business decision ever is to walk away from a successful business and make an emotional non-business decision without a plan to move forward." [10:00]

The seasons are upside down in Miami - it took me a long time to grasp that and really embrace what Miami has to offer, which is a lot." [15:00]

--Michael Schwartz on the business of The Business


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Daniel Humm is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Eleven Madison Park, in New York City. Eleven Madison Park expresses the spirit of grand New York dining, with executive chef Daniel Humm's masterfully prepared pure, market-driven cuisine. A native of Switzerland, Daniel began his culinary training at the age of 14. He went on to cook at a number of the finest Swiss hotels and restaurants before earning his first Michelin star at the young age of 24, as the executive chef at Gasthaus zum Gupf in the Swiss Alps. In 2003, Daniel moved to the United States and became the executive chef at Campton Place in San Francisco, receiving four stars from the San Francisco Chronicle. Three years later, Chef Daniel moved to New York to become the executive chef at Eleven Madison Park, where, in 2008 he was named Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux. Over the course of Chef Daniel’s tenure, he and the restaurant have received numerous accolades including four stars from the New York Times, six James Beard Foundation Awards (including Best Chef: New York City, Outstanding Service, and Outstanding Restaurant in America), as well as three Michelin Stars and a spot on the San Pellegrino list of the World’s 50 Best restaurants. Tune-in to hear from one of the most respected chef's in the food industry today. This program has been sponsored by Brooklyn Slate.

"I've made cooking my sport. I feel like there is a race every day, and that race is service." [8:35]

"I just always want to love what I do. To this day, my favorite part is being in the kitchen, being with the chefs, and creating dishes. That's my favorite part." [47:30]

-- Daniel Humm on Chef's Story


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