How to sharpen your knives, what drinks to serve, where your seafood comes from – WDET’s Ann Delisi and James Beard-nominated Chef James Rigato are here to empower you in the kitchen and have some fun along the way. Through interviews with chefs and industry experts, the Essential Cooking Podcast is a key ingredient in your culinary journey.
Hosted By: Ann Delisi, James Rigato
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In this episode of Essential Cooking, Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato speak with Samantha Stanisz about how she transformed her grass lawn into a food forest, and how you can do the same.
Ann Delisi talks with Chef James Rigato about cooking for the vegans at your Thanksgiving table.
Essential Cooking: Chef Javier Bardauil brings a wood-fired Argentinian culinary experience to Detroit
He sat down with Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about his restaurant, learning from world-renowned chef Francis Mallman and his culinary journey from Argentina to Detroit.
Distinguished Chef Andrew Carmellini joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to discuss how the rise in media attention surrounding chefs has changed the industry.
Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato talk with Abby Olitzky, operator of Spencer in Ann Arbor, about engaging with the farming communities in Michigan, sourcing fresh produce year-round and more.
Chef Phil Jones talks with Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato about how he is using plant-based food to address food insecurity in the city of Detroit.
Mabel Gray owner/executive chef James Rigato tells Ann Delisi why he is so inspired by Japanese culture.
In this episode of Essential Cooking, State Sen. Mallory McMorrow joins Ann Delisi and James Rigato to talk about how COVID-19 forced the state government and restaurant industry to work together.
Jon Kung, a Detroit chef, has exploded in popularity with their TikTok cooking lessons. Kung joins Ann Delisi to talk about third culture cuisine and the success he’s found in recent years.
Essential Cooking: Anais Martinez, aka The Curious Mexican, showcases Mexico City’s culinary treasures
Food writer and tour guide Anais Martinez talks about the culinary gems that travelers can look forward to when visiting Mexico City, which she also writes about in her blog, The Curious Mexican.
Essential Cooking: The most demanding culinary job in Detroit with Certified Master Chef Shawn Loving
Master Chef Shawn Loving talks with Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato about running Detroit’s most challenging kitchen and how LeBron James got him started cooking for professional athletes and celebrities.
Ann Delisi and James Rigato talk with Ken Nagao, managing partner at Sharaku, an acclaimed Japanese restaurant in West Bloomfield celebrating 25 years in business.
Chef James Rigato reports back from his trip to the Valle de Guadalupe in the Baja Peninsula where he talks about regional differences in tacos, and what makes the wine in Baja so special.
In this episode of the Essential Cooking podcast, Val Markel of Val’s Pizza talks about Detroit-style pizza and how she has found her niche by embracing a traditional pizza that is a world apart from Detroit square – Neapolitan.
Antoine Przekop is a sommelier who has worked in the food and wine business for a long time. Przekop joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk wine and sourcing fresh seafood.
Brennan Calnin of Satellite Food Truck talks about supply chain headaches, the rising popularity of vegan food, and the pros and cons of owning a food truck.
Desiré Vincent Levy talks about supporting food workers in Detroit during the pandemic and facilitating training and job placements with Detroit Kitchen Terminal.
In this episode of the Essential Cooking podcast, Dazmonique Carr of Deeply Rooted Produce joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about delivering locally grown produce to Detroiters.
In this episode of the Essential Cooking podcast, Sean O’Keefe of Mari Vineyards talks about what makes Michigan-made wine so unique, and how climate change is affecting the delicate environmental balance necessary for growing grapes in Michigan.
In this episode of the Essential Cooking Podcast, Ryan Burk of Angry Orchard talks about the apple’s journey from Kazakhstan to North America, and the myriad varieties that make well-balanced hard cider.