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#77: World’s Best Pizza Lands In Hollywood

#77: World’s Best Pizza Lands In Hollywood

May 16, 2019

Italy is the birthplace of pizza, and while many try to replicate the classic Neapolitan style, there's nothing quite like the real thing. Well, now one of the oldest pizza shops in Italy has touched down on U.S. soil for the first time, as L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele just opened in Los Angeles, California. 

Considered by many, including the whole Foodbeast office, the best pizza in the world, da Michele has been the go-to pizzeria in Naples for almost 150 years. 

With imported ingredients, a classic two pizza menu, and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere,  Da Michele is now bringing a taste of Italy to Hollywood. 

On this episode of The Katchup, we talk to Francesco Zimone, the man responsible for making the groundbreaking move happen. Zimone explains what it took to convince the pizzeria's family to give their blessing, why he chose Los Angeles to bear this historic pizza, and the obstacles he had to maneuver through before opening the hottest new restaurant in L.A.

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#76: Lao Chef Calls Out Foodbeast

#76: Lao Chef Calls Out Foodbeast

May 10, 2019

After Foodbeast posted a video highlighting a restaurant and a special menu they called the "Lao Table Feast," a Lao chef spoke up for the underrepresented community and called out the content within the video. Saying that there was not a single Lao dish on the menu, chef Saeng Douangdara accused Foodbeast of misrepresenting the culture.

In a tense conversation about culture, the Katchup crew strived to learn more bout Lao cuisine, how its history connects to Thai-American food, and how lesser known cuisines can be better highlighted in media. 

In this episode, we learn about the how Lao people came to the U.S., why they would hide their food under the "Thai" name, and what it has taken for the community to get exposure for its home cuisine. 

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#75: Beyond Meat Goes Public, Vegans Go Mainstream

#75: Beyond Meat Goes Public, Vegans Go Mainstream

May 2, 2019

Vegans were the bud of jokes for years, but with the rise of plant-based meats, and the announcement that vegan powerhouse Beyond Meat is now being publicly traded, no one is laughing anymore.

From Del Taco to Burger King, plant-based meats are really hitting their stride in major restaurants, and it is becoming a social norm faster than anyone could have predicted. 

On this week's episode we bring in chef Skyler Tanksley, co-founder of Munchies Vegan Diner, and our resident food scientist Constantine Spyrou to break down the current plant-based movement, and what we can expect in the future. 

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#74: An Epic Meal Talk w/ chef Josh Elkin

#74: An Epic Meal Talk w/ chef Josh Elkin

April 26, 2019

Chef and TV personality Josh Elkin got his cooking chops with a Canadian-based YouTube food show that took the world by storm in 2010.

Elkin was one of the original members of Epic Meal Time, a show where a group of friends amazed, disgusted, and ultimately intrigued millions of viewers with food creations that were never thought possible, such as Fast food lasagnagiant bacon-wrapped burgers, and even a literal pizza palace.

Josh joins the Katchup and gives a behind the scenes look at what it was like to help build that Epic Meal Time brand, and how it shaped who he is today.

Elkin has built his brand on creating some of the most insane food combinations you'll ever see. From his famous Poutine Tornado in 2015, to his more recent binges of turning anything from hash browns to Fruity Pebbles, into taco shells, Josh is the original stunt food artist. 

For the first time ever, Elkin publicly details his highs, lows, and the brutal growing pains of being part of skyrocketing show with no training manual. It all leads to a triumphant realization of what his strengths in this food space really were, as Elkin's story is one of grit and determination to pursue a passion by any means necessary. 

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#73: High At Medieval Times

#73: High At Medieval Times

April 18, 2019

Medieval Times is known for its classic dinner + show experience that takes you through a story of knights fighting for supremacy. 

It was quite the experience as kids, and the Katchup crew thought it would be interesting to go back as adults.

Oh yea, and go back high as a kite.

Geoff and Elie tried a few different edibles, jumped in their Ubers and with a sober Producer Izzy observing, experienced the nostalgic medieval show in a unique state of mind. 

The trio reported back, detailing the dinner, the constant feeling of confusion and overall pretty damn good time at the Buena Park, California location. 

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#72: Don’t Call it A Comeback: What The Michelin Guide Will Do To LA’s Food Scene

#72: Don’t Call it A Comeback: What The Michelin Guide Will Do To LA’s Food Scene

April 11, 2019

With news dropping that the Michelin Guide is returning to California after a 9-year absence, we brought in Farley Elliott of Eater.com to explain exactly what that means for the city of Los Angeles, its food, and why we should or shouldn't care. 

The guide itself is highly regarded around the world, and has been a go-to for food connoisseurs, for decades.

If there is one person who is completely in tune with the Los Angeles food scene, it is Elliott. Priding himself on being the first to report restaurant openings, closings, and pretty much anything happening within the Los Angeles food infrastructure, there is not much that gets by the seasoned reporter. 

In this episode, Elliott also touches on ruffling the feathers of restaurateurs, how he gets the scoop before anyone else, and some of the up-and-coming trends in the L.A. food scene, i.e. Tijuana street-style tacos. 

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#71: The Michael Bay of Food Videos

#71: The Michael Bay of Food Videos

April 4, 2019

Whether it's a Food Network recipe, or something you randomly caught on a Facebook post, food videos have become formulaic. They don't always leave much room for creativity, but that can all change, and we're beginning to see it through award-winning director/producer David Ma.

Ma has brought food to life through his visually stunning concepts, and is leading the charge against the typical food videos you see today.

Ma gained notoriety through his "Food Films" series, which displays food recipes in the style of famous directors, from Michael Bay to Quentin Tarantino, and has even caught the eye of some of those directors. 

Ma joins the Katchup to talk about what it's like to produce a visually appealing recipe video, commercial, his passion projects, and how he keeps his creative visions in tact in a world that expects videos to look a specific way. 

Ma is the Michael Bay of food videos, and when it's all said and done, the landscape might never be the same. 

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#70: The TRUE American Food No One’s Talking About

#70: The TRUE American Food No One’s Talking About

March 28, 2019

When you think of American food, you probably think of burgers, hot dogs, or apple pie, but if we dig deeper, indigenous food has been so stripped away from American culture, that we don't even think twice about it.

On this week's Katchpup episode, we are joined by Uproxx's Steve Bramucci, and an extra special guest in writer Zach Johnston, who has made it his mission to bring indigenous, American Indian food to light. 

Johnston explains what indigenous food actually consists of, gives a brutal current and historic look at what reservations life is like, and highlights indigenous chefs who are trying to bring American Indian food into the mainstream. 

*Note* "American Indian" and "indigenous" were both terms preferred by Johnston in the conversation.

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#69: Inside The Selfie-Powered Vending Machine

#69: Inside The Selfie-Powered Vending Machine

March 21, 2019

A pair of Instagram-powered vending machines have appeared in Los Angeles and California. The concept is simple: The Dream Machine gives you a specific hashtag, you take a selfie, post it, and receive a randomly chosen prize within the vending machine, including Nissin Cup Noodles, videogames and gift cards.

The vending machines definitely gives off Black Mirror vibes, providing a sneak peek into a world where social media is used as currency, which may or may not scare you.

Admittedly, Foodbeast is behind these insane machines, and we talked to the two geniuses who built them, essentially from scratch. 

Developers Rudy Chaney and Christopher Abouabdo explain what it took to create something that didn't exist, had no blueprint to follow, and resulted in a futuristic concept that has had people flocking to the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, California, and the Las Vegas South Premium Outlets in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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#68: She Is The Shrimp Daddy

#68: She Is The Shrimp Daddy

March 14, 2019

On a whim, June Quan quit her job at a law firm, and with no set direction, jumped head first into the food blogging world. Eventually finding herself in the restaurateur world, she co-owns three popular restaurants (Shrimp Daddy, Chichi Dango, and Sip Matcha) in Southern California. 

June joins the Katchup to explain the difficulty of leaving a steady job in order to chase a dream. She details how she used social media to her advantage, building a voice that people can trust, and using that to launch successful restaurant concepts. 

Quan also delves into the process of working with business partners you can trust, and going the "food stall" route with her restaurants. 

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