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BFF with the Chef aims to unite a community of like-minded enthusiasts who want to cook beyond recipes, better understand ingredients and hone their techniques and culinary instincts to cook the food they really want to eat. Each week, Nicole invites a new blogger or culinary professional to her podcast for honest, candid conversations about what they’re cooking, eating and the knowledge, inspiration, and experiences behind it all.
 
Whether you’re a super fan of Food Network or a super foodie you’re going to want to hear this! Each week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire sits down with our favorite Food Network stars, chefs and hosts dishing on all things delicious in the food world and pulling back the curtain for a behind the scenes taste of the network’s hottest shows. From taste-making trends to fiery foodie feuds, nothing’s off the menu.
 
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Somali cook and food journalist Hawa Hassan shares the importance of stories and the inspiration behind her award-winning cookbook. This week on Food Network Obsessed, Hawa Hassan talks to host Jaymee Sire about how her Somali roots have shaped her food perspective and the path she planned to get to where she is today. Hawa shares the process of de…
 
This week, chef Michael Symon chats with Jaymee about his culinary career in Cleveland and how the food scene has evolved over the past two decades. He talks about how the various European influences of his childhood shaped him as a chef and the first thing he learned to make. Michael explains his “meat-centric” style of cooking, why pork is his fa…
 
Host Jaymee Sire chats with the dynamic brother-chef duo, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, about growing up together, focusing on similar career paths, and their new show, Battle of the Brothers. The brothers share their experiences growing up with a healthy sibling rivalry and their first experience in the kitchen together at a Holiday Inn with Bryan …
 
This week, the answers to all your July 4th food questions on a special Snack Break episode. Jaymee is joined by Ginevra Iverson, Director of Food Network’s Culinary Test Kitchen, to give you the best grill tips, tricks for grilling everything from the best burgers, crispy fish, and exciting veggie and fruit options in the mix (grilled cabbage with…
 
Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson shares his journey from breakfast pop-ups to full-blown restaurants and the importance of positive feedback. Darnell shares the unique challenges he faced when cooking for the 2008 Olympics and how one teacher gave him the confidence to pursue becoming a chef. Darnell talks about his passion for breakfast and the unexpe…
 
Chef Christian Petroni shares his life growing up in the Bronx and his journey to being a member of the Food Network family. This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire chats with chef and restaurateur Christian Petroni about his Bronx-Italian heritage and his signature sweaters. He talks about his Gabagool lifestyle brand and gives Jaymee…
 
Host Jaymee Sire chats with chef and Chopped judge Scott Conant to talk about his 35 year industry career. Scott talks about how crucial travel has been in influencing his cooking style, his next dream destination, and his admiration for his wife’s Turkish culture. He talks about the change of scenery from New York to Arizona and what excites him a…
 
Former professional athlete and chef Eddie Jackson shares his Texas upbringing, culinary influences and Bobby Flay stories. This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire chats with former professional athlete turned chef, Eddie Jackson. He shares how his Texas roots shaped both his love of food and football. He talks about the family members…
 
On this special bonus episode, I interview Chef Léa Piel, a French chef raised in the South of France. Chef Léa originally started her professional life by going to med school, but after deciding to follow her passion, she switched to culinary school and has not looked back. Chef Léa started her culinary career at Fera, the esteemed restaurant of t…
 
Chef Amanda Freitag talks about approachable cooking, her collection of menus, and love of culinary education. This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire chats with chef Amanda Freitag on what it means to be “Amanda AF.” She talks about the teacher who encouraged her to become a chef and her own love of teaching. Amanda talks about her mi…
 
This week on Food Network Obsessed, Antonia Lofaso chats with host Jaymee Sire about growing up in an Italian-American family in Long Island and the cultural shift she experienced moving to the West Coast at an early age. She talks about balancing being a restaurateur and mom, and her personal parenting philosophy. Antonia shares her process of con…
 
Carla Hall talks about her personal “yes” philosophy, her journey to Food Network, and how she manages to stay positive. This week on Food Network Obsessed, chef and TV personality Carla Hall joins host Jaymee Sire to start off their chat with a dance party. Carla talks about going from accountant—to model—to chef and how growing up in the South sh…
 
Jet Tila shares his childhood in the first Thai market in the US in LA, Tournament of Champions experience, and the stories behind his many tattoos. This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire sits down with Jet Tila to talk about their brief time as floor reporters on the Iron Chef franchise and the time he avoided an awkward encounter wi…
 
Giada De Laurentiis talks about her new cookbook, Eat Better, Feel Better, her career and her decade-long health journey, and filming ‘Bobby and Giada in Italy’. Giada talks about the personal health issues that inspired her latest cookbook, and her favorite nutritious recipes from the book (Plus, what she typically eats in a day unless she’s trave…
 
This week on Food Network Obsessed, world-renowned chef and Food Network star Maneet Chauhan talks about her recent Tournament of Champions win. Maneet shares what it’s like being a woman in a male-dominated profession and what really makes a chef, a chef. Maneet also talks about her spice cabinet must-haves and the comfort dishes that take her bac…
 
On this week’s episode of Food Network Obsessed, Jaymee Sire talks to Maile Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief of Food Network Magazine and The Pioneer Woman Magazine. Maile talks about what it takes to create each issue for Food Network Magazine and the process behind choosing the cover story (including what the worst-selling cover of all time was). Maile…
 
This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire answers a few listener questions before diving into conversation with Tyler Florence. Tyler talks about what it was like to film in frigid Alaska for the latest season of The Great Food Truck Race and the process behind developing the intense challenges. He talks about why small towns are the bes…
 
This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire shares the foods she’s currently obsessed with before diving into a conversation with Food Network star, Robert Irvine. Robert is the host of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible and Dinner: Impossible, and talks about how his experience filming is a direct reflection of his lived experience. He…
 
On this week’s episode of Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire plays a fun game in honor of guest Guy Fieri. He joins the podcast to talk all things Tournament of Champions and who actually is in charge of the diabolical randomizer. They discuss the cutthroat, sports-style bracket challenges and how they developed the show to stand out from the …
 
This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire plays a game of Would You Rather and dives into a conversation with host, food writer, blogger and influencer Ali Khan. Khan talks about his lifelong obsession with food and his journey into food media (plus how much the food media landscape has changed since he started). He also shares the crazi…
 
On this week’s episode of Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire shares her thoughts on Food Network’s forecasted food trends for 2021 before diving into a conversation with Chopped Host, Ted Allen. Ted goes in-depth about the process of filming Chopped and how, after hundreds of episodes, the team has it down to a tight 10 hour day. Ted talks abo…
 
This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire sits down with Alex Guarnaschelli, esteemed chef and host of Supermarket Stakeout. The Iron Chef talks about her humble start on Food Network and how she overcame a few early missteps by pumping up the charisma. She describes how her first interaction with Bobby Flay ended in tears and gets real …
 
This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire sits down with Food Network star Anne Burrell to talk all about Worst Cooks in America. Find out if the cooks on the show are really that awful and what it’s like working with her new co-host, Carla Hall. Anne describes her approach to coaching cooks and advice for how to get back to basics if yo…
 
This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire talks about trying the TikTok tortilla hack and what’s on her menu for the big game. She chats with the Sandwich King and larger-than-life personality, Jeff Mauro, about his new show, Kitchen Crash, and the unique challenge the contestants face when raiding strangers’ kitchens for ingredients. Je…
 
On this week’s episode of Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire sits down with Kardea Brown to talk about everything from her Gullah background to having a television crew move into her backyard in South Carolina. Kardea shares what it means to her to keep her Gullah traditions alive through food and the importance of sharing those flavors and re…
 
On this week’s episode, host Jaymee Sire talks with Valerie Bertinelli, television legend and host of Kids Baking Championship. Learn how Valerie got her start on the network, what the heck an “ITK” is and the story behind Valerie’s Home Cooking. Valerie describes what it’s like working with kids and not having the heart to eliminate any contestant…
 
This week on Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire chats with Josh Capon — successful chef, restaurateur and seven-time NYC Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash winner. Find out his burger secret weapon, and get his advice on how to be a good chef (spoiler: it has nothing to do with food!). Josh also talks about his virtual series Cooking with the Ca…
 
On the first episode of Food Network Obsessed, host Jaymee Sire chats with YouTube sensation and Food Network judge Kalen Allen. Find out how he started making viral food recipe reaction videos that took him from full-time student to full-blown star in a matter of weeks. Kalen gets honest about staying true to your dreams, being an activist in the …
 
Coming in January 2021, Food Network Obsessed is the official podcast of Food Network. Each week, host Jaymee Sire sits down with stars, chefs and hosts from Food Network’s hottest shows for a conversation where nothing is off the menu. They’ll dish on all things food, upcoming projects, go-to guilty pleasures and the delicious trends they’re watch…
 
Today, I'm interviewing Chef Angela Michelle, the founder and chef owner behind the cooking education company Culinary Kisses. Chef Angela was a fashion model for 25 years before she traded in her stiletto heels for chef whites, driven by her passion for cooking that was nurtured since she was six years old. Chef Angela decided to start her company…
 
Today, I'm chatting with Becky Striepe, a vegan food writer, cookbook author, and by the time this airs, podcast host. Becky has been a vegan since 2006 and has been developing simple vegan recipes since 2008. At her blog, Glue and Glitter, you'll find easy vegan comfort food recipes that don't sacrifice flavor along with tips for making eating veg…
 
Today, I'm excited to interview Chef Joel Gamoran, one of the nation's most well-known sustainability focused chefs and the host of A&E's hit series Scraps. In addition to his television show, Joel also previously served as the Head National Chef for Sur La Table and makes monthly appearances on NBC's Today Show. Joel's book, Cooking Scrappy, shows…
 
Today, I'm excited to interview Jason Logsdon, the brains behind Amazing Food Made Easy, one of the largest sous vide and modernist cooking blogs on the internet and of course, Makin’ Bacon, a website dedicated to helping food bloggers succeed in the business. Jason is also a bestselling author who has published 14 cookbooks that have sold more tha…
 
This week, I'm interviewing Daina Falk, the founder of Hungry Fan, a food website that is dedicated to helping sports fans have a great time and eat well while doing it. Having been an avid sports fan her entire life, Daina decided to create a platform for tailgaters, home gaters, sports bar goers, and sporting event attendees of the world that foc…
 
Today, I'm excited to interview the incredible Nicole Tingwall, the talented chef and food stylist behind the blog and food styling account Windy City Dinner Fairy. Nicole gained a passion for cooking at an early age and as a graduate of the Culinary Hospitality Institute of Chicago, she served in many roles in the food industry, from the front of …
 
Today, I'm chatting with Brandi Wharton, the creator behind the blog Inspired Fresh Life. Brandi is a former high school English teacher who left the field to head into bartending, inspired by her love of cooking. She started her blog in 2016 and hasn't looked back. Brandi's blog focuses on easy, healthy recipes, many which fit into either the Whol…
 
Today, I'm interviewing Chef Josh Walbolt, a chef whose most recent position was at Eleven Madison Park. Chef Josh started his illustrious culinary career in high school where he was a two time Minnesota state champion in a culinary arts competition called ProStart, a competition that is sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational …
 
Today, I'm interviewing Chef Tony Maddog Maggert, a 23-year military veteran who decided to become a chef after he retired from the Army. Chef Maddog began his culinary journey in the US Marine Corps after he got put on extra duty in the kitchen galley. During that time, he fell in love with the work and decided to stay for an extra five months. Ch…
 
Today I'm chatting with Kellie and Aaron Johnsen, the founders of Experience Winefulness, a company that focuses on helping others experience the joy of learning about wine by focusing on mindfulness and positive mental health. Kellie is a trained marriage and relationship counselor by day, and Aaron is a retired United States Marine. They started …
 
Today I'm chatting with Lola Osinkolu, the writer and voice behind Chef Lola's Kitchen, a blog and YouTube channel that focuses on easy, family-friendly meals and recipes with an African influence. Lola was born and raised in Nigeria, where her passion for cooking started at a very young age. She cooked her first family meal at the age of eight and…
 
Today I'm interviewing Chef Rocky Dunnam, the Executive Chef for the Missouri University Healthcare System in Columbia, Missouri. Chef Rocky began his culinary career at the Le Cordon Bleu and has worked for more than 10 years in the hospitality industry. Chef Rocky has competed in the American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year Central Regional …
 
Aloha friends and foodies, and welcome to season five. The first guest of this season is Joe Gatto, a private chef who hosts the culinary TV series From Scratch, currently debuting on Pluto TV. Bringing his passion for scratch cooking, big personality and knowledge of film, Joe has created a truly unique cooking show from making his own charcoal, h…
 
Today I'm interviewing Jessica Gavin, the incredibly accomplished blogger behind JessicaGavin.com, a food blog and website that focuses on the science behind cooking. Jessica is a certified culinary scientist and a certified food scientist with a passion for helping home cooks get a good dinner on the table. Jessica worked full time in research and…
 
Today I'm interviewing Belqui, the blogger behind Belqui's Twist, a food blog that focuses on Latin fusion comfort food with a twist. Belqui started her food blog just over a year ago, but has been an avid home cook for 10 years. Cooking was a way for her to keep herself upbeat through the harrowing journey of working through her son's autism diagn…
 
Today I'm interviewing Amanda Kanashiro, the blogger behind Eat at Our Table, a food blog dedicated to helping others live a gluten free lifestyle. Several years ago, Amanda was diagnosed with celiac disease, which requires a strict gluten free diet. While she was heartbroken over the food she could no longer eat, Amanda decided that she would star…
 
Today I'm interviewing Chef Ed Harris, winner of Food Network's Chopped Turbo Powered season four and Iron Chef International. He's also appeared as a chef on 24-hour Restaurant Battle, which his team won. Chef Ed began his culinary education at the Art Institute of New York City. For more than 20 years, he's been heavily involved in several aspect…
 
Today I'm interviewing Chef Tristan B. Jones, an American chef, who currently lives in Prague. Tristan grew up on a small farm in Texas, cooking game meat that he hunted as a child. He also grew up in the kitchen, cooking family meals with his mother. It was that curiosity of food that inspired him to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando, Florida. From…
 
Today I'm interviewing Chef Joshua Tango, a chef who spent nearly 10 months working at the French Laundry. Josh is originally from Los Angeles, but he left the city to join the United States Marine Corps where he served four years in the infantry. After his time in service, Josh decided he wanted to cook professionally, so he took a job at the firs…
 
Today I'm interviewing Chef Darnell Ferguson, AKA Super Chef. Originally from Ohio, Darnell's love of cooking started from adolescence and would continue on as he graduated from Sullivan University in Kentucky with a degree in the Culinary Arts. However, after taking a wrong turn along his journey, Darnell found himself on a self-destructive path, …
 
Today I'm interviewing Chef Cristina Nishioka, the Honolulu based pastry chef behind the Instagram account Beyond Pastry. A graduate of baking school, Cristina started out her life as an apprentice baker, eventually working her way up at a company to become the general manager. She did this all while also attending college to pursue a degree in his…
 
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