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This week on The Main Course, host Patrick Martins welcomes to the show Chef Mike Poiarkoff of Vinegar Hill House. Having been at the restaurant for six months now, Mike shares his experiences so far at the charming Brooklyn spot and what brought him specifically to that kitchen. Patrick and Mike shed light on the somewhat mysterious process of coming into a restaurant as a new chef and "trying out" for the position, with Mike securing his role at Vinegar Hill House by simply cooking his own style of simple, rustic food. Mike goes on to explain his way of cooking with the wood-burning oven at the restaurant and how he, for instance, achieves the perfect crust on a chop. Growing up in a close-knit Russian community in Pittsburgh, Mike was introduced to traditional cooking techniques at a young age and, from the sounds of it, this has given him a unique perspective in the kitchen. This program was brought to you by Rolling Press.

"I didn't attend culinary school, I never worked in a professional kitchen. I had the opportunity to learn from somebody very talented, from scratch... I was pushed early, and that was probably the best way that I could have learned." [11:39]

--Mike Poiarkoff on The Main Course


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This week on The Main Course, host Patrick Martins welcomes Chef Josh Laurano to the program. Having completed his first three months as Executive Chef at Lupa in New York City (starting there years ago as a line cook), Josh checks in with Patrick and shares his notable past experiences at Batali & Bastianich restaurants such as: Del Posto, Babbo, and Terry Market in Port Chester. The two also discuss Josh's personal background and how it inspired him to gravitate to the kitchen, starting with the woman known as the knish queen of West Virginia: Josh's mom. She owned and operated a local organic bakery while his dad had a vegetarian restaurant in New Jersey. Josh also addresses the grass-fed beef movement with his thoughts and even offers some tips when cooking with the leaner cuts of meat. Navigating Josh's impressive career with the B&B Hospitality Group, Patrick gets the details of the inner workings of these successful kitchens. This program was brought to you by Rolling Press.

"I try and eat, when I can, the meats that you guys stand behind; locally, organically, delicious meat. Fundamentally, as a chef and a consumer it really comes down to the taste of the product." [5:44]

"You have a couple of options as a young cook starting out. You can work and then party and not do anything in between, or can work and read and you can figure out, "alright I overcooked this, why did I do it."... So, maybe that helped propel me faster." [9:13]

"You can't just say I cook food and I'm a chef. We are responsible for the entire dining experience." [13:46]

--Josh Laurano on The Main Course


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This week on Food Talk, Mike has a full house. His first guest, Ellen Gustafson is a food activist and author of the new book, We the Eaters. Mike talks to Ellen about the politics behind why it is difficult to find and eat nutritious food. The two go back and forth regarding possible solutions to the problem, starting with a single item on your dinner plate. Next up, Mike brings in Patrick Martins, Founder and Chairman of Heritage Radio Network as well as the host of The Main Course, to talk about his new book The Carnivore's Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat. In the book, Patrick highlights fifty ways to be an enlightened carnivore, while taking better care of our planet and ourselves. For the remainder of the program, Mike welcomes Anna Polonsky, US Director of Le Fooding, to share details on the Le Fooding events happening in NYC this summer, including their Beach Club party going down at Rockaway Beach July 11, 12, and 13. Tune in for a packed program!

"We have this dual problem both related to how we nourish ourselves... American eaters have incredible power in the food system. We have dictated what the world eats. Our diet has spread around the world." [7:34]

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"Should we be eating less meat? Yes, probably. We should be eating less commodity meats." [40:03]

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"Le Fooding, in the meantime, never wanted to put stars or grades, because our interests are more about telling stories." [56:41]

--Anna Polonsky on Food Talk


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