#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

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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#67: The Trial of Foodbeast vs. The Magical Burger (w/ Bear D’Egidio)

March 7, 2019

Foodbeast has made its fair share of enemies in the past, but its not often those foes shows up Foodbeast HQ and hash things out in real time. 

Entrepreneur Bear D'Egidio has seen success in multiple avenues, from paintball parks, to clothing lines.  In his first foray into the food world, he has already created a major buzz with his marshmallow-smothered, flashy Magical Burger. Celebrities across the country traveled to Irvine, California just to try this burger and support D'Egidio. 

Foodbeast was not impressed, and had no interest in covering the colorful burger. 

D'Egidio felt personally attacked and made his way to the Katchup podcast to clear the air, discuss his business acumen, the reception to his loud marketing tactics, and his unorthodox approach to becoming a restaurateur.

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#66: Cooking With FaZe Clan, Esports’ Most Notorious Team

February 28, 2019

The FaZe Clan is esports' most popular video gaming group in the world, and we spoke to their chef to get an inside look at that extravagant culture.

Being a gamer himself, Jose Delossantos, AKA FaZe Cheo, essentially grew up with several of the original FaZe members, as the members typically live together in $10 million mansions.

Cheo's cooking ability afforded him the title of the clan's official chef, and as a fly on the wall, gives us insight on what it's like to live in a house that doubles as a business, being a father figure, albeit a young father figure, to a group of 17 to 22 year olds, and what the eating habits of these pop culture figures are really like. 

The gaming world has blown up into budding businesses for kids who spend hours in their homes, and Chef Cheo has had an inside look at that meteoric rise. 

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#65: Building Your Own Pizza Experience

February 21, 2019

The Pizza Press has taken its build-your-own pizza experience across the country, but it all started in a little shop across from Disneyland. 

Founder and CEO Dara Maleki joins the Katchup and tells how he built the Pizza Press from the ground up, creating a resort-like experience in each restaurant, and why it is important to establish a value-based culture in each shop. 

Maleki also explains the process of franchising, how he came up with the 1920s newspaper theme, and how delivery apps such as Postmates and Uber eats suck businesses dry.

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#64: Exposing Fake Food w/ A Fraud Expert

February 14, 2019

If you've ever ordered sushi in Los Angeles, or red snapper fish, well, anywhere, there's a good chance you've been duped and affected by food fraud. Dr. Rosalee Hellberg, food fraud expert out of Chapman University, joins The Katchup to school us on food that is often mislabeled and passed as something else. From seafood to wine, there are sketchy practices being conducted on food all around us. Thankfully, researchers such as Dr. Hellberg are here to discover these fraudulent doings and expose them to the world. 

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#63: Let’s Talk About Body Image

February 7, 2019

Personal trainer and wellness coach Anne Phung joins the podcast, and takes us through her own struggles with her body image. A former Miss Vietnam winner, societal norms would tell us her pageant body is the goal, but that wasn't the case for her.

Phung takes us through the unhealthy route she took to maintain that type of body, how it affected her mentally and emotionally, and even leading to a period of unhealthy weight gain.

After years of fighting with her body and its image, she found a physical and mental balance, learned to love the process of finding that balance, and now strives to help others do the same. 

The Katchup crew shares its own personal relationships with food, the struggle for balance while being a Foodbeast, and work through the health issues with the help of Phung's expertise. 

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#62: 100 First Dates

January 31, 2019

First date intricacies are hard to navigate, and on top of being a nervous wreck, you have to figure out a fun way to feel out someone for the first time.

With over 100 first dates under her belt, Ashley Rodriguez, of @firsrdatela on TikTok and Instagram, joined The Katchup to help us stop overthinking the dating scene.

Deep diving into first date etiquette, first date horror stories, and first date successes, The Katchup crew finds out how to make dating about the experience, not just the romantic outcome.

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#61: “Breakfast” Is Officially Canceled

January 24, 2019

Breakfast is no longer "The most important meal of the day," as it is now often skipped by folks rushing to work, rushing to school, or even dieters who fast. 

For years, marketers have pushed us toward cereals, oatmeals, bacon, yogurt, and basically anything they want us to spend our dollar, but Americans seem to be moving toward a culture that is not only neglecting those tactics, but breakfast as a whole. 

The Katchup crew discusses its waning interest in traditional breakfast, how diets have changed breakfast over the years, and the perceived importance of breakfast. 

They also dig into how marketing has specifically influenced our breakfast habits, as far back as 1920, when Beech-Nut Packing Company convinced consumers that bacon and eggs were essential and healthy, to current times where handheld pies such as a Pop-Tarts are considered "breakfast." 

Have we all been duped into believing breakfast is more important than it is? Let's discuss. As far as we're concerned, IT'S CANCELED.

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#60: The Quesadilla Kingpin [w/ @AllFlavorNoGrease]

January 17, 2019

From selling weed, to selling candy, and eventually selling quesadillas in his front yard, Keith Garrett, owner of All Flavor No Grease, transformed his life within the rugged streets of Watts, California. What started with fat jokes, being ironically teased by neighborhood friends to sell tacos, turned into a full-fledged business for Garrett.

Many know Chef Keith’s quesadillas, as they have been recognized by fans across the globe, but The Katchup crew wanted to get to know the man behind the grill. In the process, we met Sammy, an alter ego of sorts, and what everyone knew Garrett as growing up. Sammy talked about growing up in the ‘hood, how his quesadillas came to him in a literal dream, and pausing the violence between two of L.A.’s most prominent gangs. 

When it comes to business, that's when "Keith Garrett" comes back to life, as we learned about the value of hospitality, treating everyone like family, and the growing pains of opening his first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Santa Ana, California. 

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