It’s no secret that Escoffier students, as well as our Chef Instructors, are passionate about food and the business of food. And in order to be a lifelong student of the craft, one must always keep learning. Fortunately, technology has provided a host of tools to make this possible!
Whether you’re interested in culinary arts, baking and pastry, hospitality and restaurant operations management, or plant-based cuisine, there’s a podcast out there for you. Here are ten of the top podcast series we recommend for current and aspiring culinarians.
The tagline of The Sporkful really says it all: “It’s not for foodies, it’s for eaters.” Sound like you? This podcast might be right up your alley.
Host Dan Pashman is a two-time James Beard Award nominee (impressive, right?). His guests include world-renowned chefs, culinary experts, and even comedians, to cover everything from diet culture to imposter syndrome to hunting down hard-to-find native fruits.
If you’re fascinated by the history and origins of certain foods or ingredients, then this is the podcast for you. Immerse yourself in global cuisines as you’re taken on virtual field trips around the world. You’ll even stop by archaeological digs to understand how the ancients grew food.
Hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley cover topics ranging from the health implications of Omega-3 fatty acids to whether insect guts are the secret ingredient for making the best kimchi.
In order to run a successful food service business of any kind, there are some crucial keys to internal culture, product marketing, and more. So if you’re a budding entrepreneur or currently in the industry, this one’s worth listening to.
Host Eric Cacciatore and his guests give a wealth of guidance to restaurant owners and entrepreneurs, as well as those establishing businesses even outside of the food industry. This podcast is applicable to those in the culinary arts and pastry arts as well as those interested in hospitality and restaurant operations management.
The Splendid Table
As far as classic food podcasts go, The Splendid Table is consistently cited as one of the best food podcasts out there. Coming to us from American Public Media, Francis Lam, the current host and award-winning writer, takes us on a diverse journey back through time as we go over food history and listen to expert interviews and questions with the audience.
Past topics include discussions with frozen burrito royalty, tips for pairing wine with junk food (yes, you read that right) and a deeper look at the foods that connect us regardless of culture. Turn this one on while you’re perfecting the techniques you learned in your online culinary arts programs.
Radio Cherry Bombe
For women in the culinary industry, or those championing women, this podcast is a must-listen. Each week, host Kerry Diamond features female chefs, bakers, entrepreneurs, and other creatives who are shaping the future of women’s role in the industry.
Tackling some tough topics and sharing stories from the culinary road, you might find parts of your own life — or that of someone you know — in these episodes.
Intrigued by topics like food justice, sustainability, and nutrition? Give Food Tank a try. Host Danielle Nierenberg talks through best practices for the greatest environmental and social impact plus current food policy issues.
Featured guests have discussed plant-based lifestyles, eliminating food waste, vertical farming, and more. You’ll finish each episode feeling more educated and more empowered.
This podcast is all about featuring original narratives from the world of Southern cuisine. Created by the Southern Foodways Alliance, it focuses on the soul of Southern Cuisine and its rich history with food.
Gravy covers some of the more diverse aspects of the history behind Southern cuisine from Mahalia Jackson’s Glori-Fried Chicken to the blend of Mexican cuisine in Arkansas. You’ll visit Alabama and the Carolinas, hear from Floridian Cuban Americans, and talk about tempeh with Indonesian immigrants in Houston.
I’ll Drink to That
Let’s face it, most of us wish that we knew more about wine. Fortunately, Host Levi Dalton, a former sommelier from New York, is here to help. Levi brings in some of the world’s greatest winemakers to talk about the different trends in the wine industry.
With a charming interviewing style, you’ll hear stories about vineyards and cultivation techniques around the world that will set you up to become a connoisseur. So uncork a bottle of Bordeaux and take a listen into the fascinating world of wine.
The perfect podcast for baking aficionados, Preheated brings award-winning bakers and self-described “passionate amateurs,” Andrea and Stefin, with their expertise and casual humor. While the podcast wrapped at the end of 2020, it still provides a wealth of resources for current and aspiring bakers.
The show is filled with different recipes and techniques they try, as well as transparency about mistakes made and suggestions for improvement. These lifelong friends are lovable characters to have in your ears as you bake, bringing valuable kitchen wisdom that will help you hone your skills — and keep you laughing along the way.
The Ultimate Dish
Of course, we’d be remiss not to plug our own podcast, featuring many of Escoffier’s own Chef Instructors as well as other distinguished guests from across the industry. Hosted by our own incredibly talented and personable Chef Kirk T. Bachmann, The Ultimate Dish dives into various facets of great food, with inspiring stories and deep-dive talks along the way.
What’s unique about the podcast is that in addition to successful chefs and bakers, we also host authors, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, educators, and more. We cover a wide range of topics that’ll leave you feeling inspired and encouraged on your journey — like how to run a Michelin-starred restaurant, sustainable farming techniques, why chefs ride motorcycles, and how mistakes can help you grow as an entrepreneur.
Have Something to Share? Now It’s Your Turn.
Do you work in a restaurant or run a food business? Or perhaps you have specialized knowledge about a specific food or technique? Consider getting yourself invited to speak on one of these podcasts by getting in touch with the podcast host or creator to share your story.
Podcasters are always on the hunt for new content, and being featured as a guest speaker on a podcast is a great (typically free) marketing strategy for building your business or culinary career.
And if you’ve got enough content to create your own podcast, you can even give the influencer role a try! There are enough culinarians searching for engaging content that you can certainly find your niche and your audience among them.
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- 5 Best Cooking Shows According to Professional Chefs
This article was originally published on June 17, 2015, and has since been updated.