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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.

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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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This week's featured guest on Chef's Story Katy Sparks, Executive Chef at Tavern on the Green. Dorothy Cann Hamilton is in Central Park this week as she chats with Katy, who's background includes cooking at NYC institutions like The Quilted Giraffe and Mesa Grill. Find out what it's like cooking at a restaurant that seats 700(!!) and comes with a storied reputation that rivals any other dining establishment in the country. From an early appreciation of food to her climb up kitchen ladders - find out how this Middlebury born culinary talent rose to the top in a candid and insightful look at her career. This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market

"I was actually a hostess at a bar and little by little I just kept gravitating towards the kitchen because of memories of being in my mom's kitchen - the center of the house." [05:00]

"I learned that you don't have to be a food service to run a restaurant." [17:00]

"The first decision you make is important - but not fatal by any means." [22:00]

"My cooking is very personal. I'm not trying to cater to people's needs." [33:00]

--Katy Sparks on Chef's Story


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