Introducing In the Kitchen with Bret Thorn, our latest culinary podcast: Part 2

March 06, 2020 00:38:47
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Introducing In the Kitchen with Bret Thorn, our latest culinary podcast: Part 2

Hosted By

Holly Petre Sam Oches

Show Notes

From the writers and editors at Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality and Extra Serving comes a new podcast starring senior food and beverage editor Bret Thorn. In this podcast, he will have conversations with restaurant chefs and beverage innovators about leadership, trends and the culinary industry. The first podcast is a two-part interview with French chef and restauranteur Daniel Boulud, who reflects on his 40 years in America and mentorship. Take a listen and subscribe!

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