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Justin Melnick, Fred Mullins, & Garret Vandermolen

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Chef Justin Melnick and wine experts Fred Mullins and Garret Vandermolen’s weekly discussion of cooking, drinking, music, and travel with guest experts in the fields. Educational and entertaining stories from the Culinary Rd.™ @culinary.rd @chefmelnick @fmiv @speedfossil Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/culinaryrd/support
 
Everyone you meet, every single day, is fighting a battle you know nothing about. We are all in the process of overcoming something big, something small, but we are faced with the challenge to overcome all the time. You, me, we have overcome 100% of our darkest days. I’m Justin Wren, and I believe we are all Overcomers if we choose to overcome. We all have the option. I have overcome childhood trauma, sexual abuse, immense bullying, depression, suicidal ideation, self-imposed substance abuse ...
 
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Amy Edwards is an expert in using voice to create your best life. She is a 30year+ radio veteran, a rock and roll artist, an author, and the host of The Amy Edwards Show, a podcast helping others transform life to become their best version through more efficient habits, mindset shifts, and radical honesty. Amy has recorded and released 5 albums as …
 
Rick Hansen is a Leadership expert with over two decades of experience in executive leadership and 10 years as a teacher and professor. Rick is the author of Leadership and the Art of Surfing and has a TEDx talk on the power of surfing as a metaphor for life. Rick overcame a significant stutter, and bullying, to become a powerful speaker and positi…
 
Mills Rodgers is a former educator for over a decade, a US Army veteran with a specialty in mental health, a published author, and speaker. “Mr. Rodge,” as he is better known, has created a platform which targets those that that society has either marginalized or overlooked. He is also a champion of children with special needs, with his oldest daug…
 
Sarah Evans is the founder and CEO of Well Aware, a nonprofit which funds and implements lasting clean water systems to drive development and empower communities in East Africa. After 12 years of building Well Aware, entrepreneur and visionary Sarah has now also started Well Beyond, a social good company providing digital solutions that bridge the …
 
Vasavi Kumar is a Licensed Therapist, Certified Mindset + Business Coach, Entrepreneur and Author with a Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Vasavi is a first-generation Indian immigrant, who grew up in a traditional Hindu household in Long Island, New York. She has worked to overcome addiction, bullying, shame, guilt, and worked to find her …
 
Tony Jeffries is an English former professional boxer who won a bronze medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Tony gained 7 British national titles and a European gold medal. In 2012, an undefeated Jeffries was forced to retire due to hand injuries. Now, Tony has built an incredibly successful YouTube channel along with two Box N’ Burn Gyms in LA, a Bo…
 
Caroline Boudreaux is a social entrepreneur who left her career in TV advertising in 2000 to found Texas-based international nonprofit Miracle Foundation. With Miracle Foundation, Caroline has received a variety of awards including: The Hope Award, The Impact Award and the United Nations Humanitarian Award. Through her work as founder of Miracle Fo…
 
Hannah Eden is a fitness powerhouse, whose “Find Your Reason” message has helped millions of people get healthier. Hannah is the creator of Hannah Eden Fitness and the Hannah Eden Fitness App, a coach, and an entrepreneur. Hannah helps others experience transformations, and she has experienced her own recently. Hear how she has overcome her own min…
 
Patrick “Pac-Man” Perez is an award-winning speaker and dancer who has performed across the USA, Canada, Germany and Mexico. He has also authored and co-authored three books focused on choices, identity and bully-prevention. Patrick, as a speaker and through his foundation (the award-winning nonprofit motivational company “Lead, Encourage and Dance…
 
Jimmy Rex is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and real estate agent and investor. He is also the founder of the We Are The They Movement, generating change in the world. He is the host of The Jimmy Rex Show Podcast and the author of the book You End Up Where You’re Heading. He and Justin met last year during an Ayahausca ceremony, and this conversa…
 
Jason Stauffer and Adrienne Jezick are the inventors and founders of the world’s best ice bath, the Morozko Forge. Jason is a combat veteran, and Adrienne suffered numerous health issues until discovering the power of Deliberate Cold Exposure (DCE). Hear how it has helped them overcome both physical and mental obstacles in their lives, and how it c…
 
Andre “Touchy” Fili is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Featherweight division. Fili is of Samoan and Native Hawaiian descent and is currently signed with the UFC. His next fight is vs. Lando Vannata on Sept 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. Today, Justin and Andre talk UFC in Austin, why they’re in the game of fighting, knockouts, and ha…
 
Joah Spearman is an entrepreneur and the founder of Localeur, an author, and is currently running for office in Austin for City Council. Joah has an incredibly moving and powerful overcome story, and was deeply inspired by his mother. Joah tells his story of becoming a first-generation college graduate, who has now served on numerous boards, becomi…
 
Oleg Lougheed’s story will inspire you to overcome the odds because of the incredible way he has in his own life. I am so grateful he shared his story with me and that I get to share it with you now. Growing up in a Russian orphanage, Oleg was mistreated, neglected, and abused. After adoption to the US at age twelve, he has risen up to start the no…
 
Travis Hatch and Josh Levine are the hosts of the popular “Struggle to Strength” Podcast. Travis is a videographer and photographer, and Josh is a sports nutrition specialist and the founder of The Muscle Building Method. This week, the two share their own stories of struggle to strength, and their routines and methods to stay on top of their own s…
 
AJ Forsythe is a longtime friend, successful entrepreneur, and real-time philanthropist. Plus, he and Justin wrestled together and touch on their wrestling days in high school in Dallas. Today we also learn not only about AJ’s business journey and groundbeaking ideas (check out Coop.farm), but also about his inspiring work in Ukraine. His small gro…
 
This week! A special episode of Justin on Aaron Alexander's Align Podcast for Overcome with Justin Wren. Our old podcast network abruptly closed down. We are working on getting Amy’s studio at our house set up while I’m getting in the groove at a great studio in Austin. This will be the best thing for the podcast as we are now entirely independent …
 
“The biggest disability is a bad mindset.” My good friend Nick Santonastasso is a POWERHOUSE of a human, and to me, the definition of an Overcomer. That’s why I felt this episode is so important that we are airing it twice. This was my first episode of this podcast, and Nick was the perfect first guest to set the tone of what I want this show to be…
 
Gilbert Tuhabonye is a true Overcomer. Gilbert is the founder of The Gazelle Foundation, which brings clean water to Burundi, Africa, where he grew up. Gilbert is an accomplished runner, which not only saved his life, but he has also run with the Olympic torch and been recognized by the White House. Gilbert survived a harrowing attack and burning i…
 
Jaime Villalovos is an ultra-successful financial advisor, business coach, and author. Jaime has built her dream life herself, and overcome the hand of adversity she was dealt in life. She has overcome trauma, poverty, hardship, abuse, and her own mind, to now have a passionate marriage, thriving business, and happy family with four children. Her n…
 
Justin Melnick is a police officer and former combat photographer who served in Afghanistan, best known for playing Brock Reynolds on CBS' "SEAL Team". He is also the handler of Pepper, a Belgian Malinois, who appears as the K9 dog on the series and joins in studio today, and real-life owner of now-retired Dita, Pepper’s sister, who appeared as Cer…
 
Ben Greenfield is a leader in health and wellness, and is the author of 13 books with a new one on parenting, out soon. He is a highly sought after podcast guest as well as a pioneer in podcasting, having his own show since about the first 20 shows on iTunes, having to code each individual episode. He is a renaissance man, a total human optimizer, …
 
Q+A with Justin this week! We have so many questions that we are continuing this series. Write in with your questions at overcomepodcast@gmail.com. In part 2’s Q+A, Amy asks Justin: Would he shave his beard? Comeback fight Onnit and being one of their pro athletes and how that came about How he feels about Austin Bullying: discernment and handling …
 
Hans Kim is an up-and-coming comedian who broke out on Kill Tony and has become a regular there. Hans has opened up for Joe Rogan and Tony Hinchcliffe, and is a veteran at what he does after nearly a decade of dedication to standup. Listen for how he overcame expectations, and how he chooses to truly dedicate himself to his passion and dream, and h…
 
Khalil Rafati is the founder of Sunlife Organics, and has an intense and powerful story of overcoming heroin and cocaine addiction. He has turned his life into a true testament of what is possible, as he is also the founder of Riviera Recovery, the founder of 13 Sunlife Organics stores and counting, founder of Malibu Beach Yoga, and the author of t…
 
Everyone you meet, every single day, is fighting a battle you know nothing about. We are all in the process of overcoming something big, something small, but we are faced with the challenge to overcome all the time. You, me, we have overcome 100% of our darkest days. I’m Justin Wren, and I believe we are all Overcomers if we choose to overcome. We …
 
Q+A with Justin this week! We have so many questions that we are continuing this series. Write in with your questions at overcomepodcast@gmail.com. In part 1 Q+A, Amy asks Justin: His hair routine How he started public speaking (SUCH a great story that he’s never shared before) What ‘Overcome’ means to him Coaches: his in MMA now and then, and how …
 
Bernard Amadei is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, founding president of Engineers Without Borders, co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International Network. Bernard developed new strategies for rethinking and reinventing engineering with people in the forefront. Bernard is also a mentor to Justin, an…
 
Garrain Jones is a coach, international inspirational speaker, podcaster, and bestselling author of Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life. Garrain shares his powerful Overcomer story today, which will speak to your heart and motivate and inspire you to your core. He was once $200K in debt and living a lie, and he chose to embrace his “superpower of…
 
Seize the day with this week’s guest, Sky King. Sky is an entrepreneur and podcaster, creating systems to incentivize authenticity in media, and he is the founder of ModernStoa.co, which helps prominent thought leaders sincerely monetize their podcasts. A thought leader himself, he has launched his own podcast, Sky King’s Mental Playground, which i…
 
Tim Kennedy is an active duty Master Sergeant and Green Beret in the US Army. He has fought professional MMA with the UFC, Strikeforce, the WEC, ShoMMA, and HDNet Fights, retiring from the MMA in 2017. Tim has founded Sheepdog Response, his new school Apogee Academy, 4 Pillars Fit, Woobies, and RangerUP. Today, we talk about what Tim overcomes in h…
 
It’s dessert first….sort of. Chef and Fred wrap up Season 2 with their thoughts on Last Courses and all that’s great about Spring--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/culinaryrd/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/culinaryrd/suppor…
 
Up and coming comedian Nat Rogachevsky (Kill Tony) joins today to talk stand-up comedy and his powerful story of recovery from heroin addiction. Nat has performed with Tony Hinchcliffe, Matt Rife, and Craig Conant, as well as Brian Redban's Secret Show. A simultaneously heartfelt and hilarious episode that will inspire you with Nat’s journey out of…
 
Ted Wynott the overseer of wine importer The Sorting Table discusses the importance of a good Tortilla and why a case of wine is more than just a box --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/culinaryrd/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor…
 
Certified badass Matt Vincent, two-time Highland Games World Champion, CEO of HVIII Brand Goods, host of UMSO Podcast, CEO of Habit Coffee Co, and Onnit Pro Athlete joins this week to talk some serious truth to us all. You’ll leave this conversation ready to seize the moment and live your life to the fullest, every day. Listen in on how you can win…
 
Chef and Garret talk about feeding kids and the immense challenge that is, can't we just move on from chicken fingers? Plus Pea Soup is all that and Fred flakes out --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/culinaryrd/messageSupport this podcast:…
 
Daniele Bolelli is an author, philosopher, university professor, single father, podcaster, and a true martial artist at heart. He is the host of “The Drunken Taoist” podcast and historical podcast “History on Fire.” Daniele breaks down life principles, lessons from martial arts, and knowledge in simple form, to help us overcome what is holding us b…
 
So this week sees us discussing why Groundhogs Day doesn’t work for Chef & Fred really pushes International Surfing Day, so Happy Valentines Day?--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/culinaryrd/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/c…
 
Rafael Lovato, Jr. is the Bellator Middleweight World Champion, and a mixed martial artist and BJJ competitor and instructor. He is a true master and the greatest American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor ever. Rafael is a true champion in life, too, overcoming cerebral cavernoma and moving forward to continue fighting and pursue his calling to teach…
 
The gifted cheese maker Sam Kennedy makes a return visit to Culinary Rd. to discuss blue cheese, happy cows, & his virtual farmer’s market--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/culinaryrd/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/culinary…
 
Host of Align Podcast [LINK], Author, and Movement Expert Aaron Alexander joins to talk his new book The Align Method, out now, which is a field guide to feeling better. Aaron talks how to let health permeate your life in this powerful episode! Plus, don’t miss the breathwork session he leads us through during the conversation! Join the Fight for t…
 
Anthony Esperance is a musician and songwriter with the band Papa Roach (guitar/keys/backing vocals/songwriting). Anthony and Justin met in treatment recently, and discuss Anthony’s road through addiction and path to recovery, and their friendship and growth together. WARNING: This episode contains talk about graphic violence and traumatic videos. …
 
It’s all about the incredible edible egg this go round. This humble ingredient brings so much to the table. Plus, Chef introduces “if you could have just one”--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/culinaryrd/messageSupport this podcast: https:…
 
Justin is out of treatment and shares his experience, breakthroughs, and what’s to come as he moves into active recovery and healing. He also shares the powerful experience of ART, or Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and working through deep-seated trauma. WARNING: Issues of sexual abuse are discussed in this episode. HOPE-SHOT: Healing is available…
 
In this episode we decided to spotlight veggies. You’re old childhood enemy deserves praise because they are not only good for you but they’re freakin delicious! Also we launch a new segment, “Secret Weapon”--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.…
 
This episode’s interview was recorded the day Justin left for rehab and was originally aired on The Amy Edwards Show, listen to that episode here or watch the episode on YouTube here. Justin and his producer and partner, Amy, discuss his leaving for treatment in the intro and the events surrounding this recording and his leaving. Join the Fight for…
 
This week Chef, Garret, and Fred get saucy. That’s right we talk shop about sauces; the who, what, why, and Hollandaise is just the best. Plus Fred waxes nostalgic over a classic French dish --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/culinaryrd/me…
 
Dr. Daniel Amen practices as a psychiatrist and brain disorder specialist as director of the Amen Clinics. He is a five-time New York Times best-selling author as of 2012. Amen has built a profitable business around the use of SPECT imaging for purported diagnostic purposes. He has studied my brain and is an expert on addiction and brain function, …
 
This week, along with our good friend Garret, we dive into the effervescent world of Champagne & it’s peers and of course we talk about our favorite NYE traditions! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/culinaryrd/messageSupport this podcast:…
 
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