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The Dave Chang Show

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Dave Chang has a few questions. Besides being the chef of the Momofuku restaurants and the creator and host of Netflix’s 'Ugly Delicious,' Dave is an avid student and fan of sports, music, art, film, and, of course, food. In ranging conversations tha...Show More

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Pre-opening Diaries, Vol. 2 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 2)

51:41 | May 3rd, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss choosing the location for Majordomo in Los Angeles (7:53), planning the numerous facets of the restaurant (22:02), and building the menu through test kit...Show More

What Hip-Hop Can Tell Us About Food, With Shad | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 39)

1:10:54 | Jan 31st

The genre of hip-hop music may seem to have little to do with the culinary world, yet there are parallels between the two that dovetail surprisingly well. Dave draws these parallels out with the help of musician and ’Hip-Hop Evolution’ host Shad.

David Choe Tells His Story | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 19)

2:23:44 | Aug 30th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by artist David Choe along with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to explore Choe’s extraordinary life.

Helen Rosner on #MeToo in the Culinary World and Her Long Career on the Food Beat | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 6)

52:14 | May 31st, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with New Yorker food correspondent Helen Rosner to discuss how food journalism has evolved (15:31). They also discuss how sexual misconduct allegations are being handled in the culinary world (27:01). ...Show More

Hasan Minhaj on Comedy As a Conduit | The Dave Chang Show

1:12:42 | Mar 21st

Dave sits down with ‘Patriot Act’ host Hasan Minhaj to discuss how he learned to embrace his cultural heritage, the similarities between food and comedy, and using entertainment to make a difference. ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ Volume 2 is ava...Show More

Momofuku Kawi Pre-Opening Diaries, Vol. 2 | The Dave Chang Show

41:39 | Mar 15th

Eunjo “Jo” Park spent most of her adult life learning to be a good cook. But she never had to learn about being a good chef. In the second of a two-part interview, Dave speaks with Jo about learning from failure and finding an authentic identity for ...Show More

Momofuku Kawi Pre-Opening Diaries, Vol. 1 | The Dave Chang Show

58:07 | Mar 14th

Eunjo “Jo” Park turned down many opportunities to manage her own restaurant in order to focus on cooking. Now the executive chef of the new Momofuku Kawi, she finds herself melding her fine dining background with her Korean American heritage. In the ...Show More

Cooking As an Art, With Jerry Saltz | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 43)

1:29:32 | Feb 28th

The culinary arts may seem to be only nominally related to the arts. But there are more similarities between the food world and the art world—in both abstract and concrete ways. Dave speaks with Pulitzer prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz about the...Show More

Breaking the Ceiling on Breakfast, With Jessica Koslow | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 42)

1:05:52 | Feb 21st

Simple, easy, approachable—these are words that may be used to describe dishes at Sqirl. But the Los Angeles–based cafe did not become one of the most popular restaurants in the city by making dishes in a simple, easy, or approachable fashion. Dave s...Show More

What Makes the Best Food the Best? With Lolis Elie | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 41)

1:16:32 | Feb 14th

People have subjective definitions when it comes to quality, and food is no exception. To compare one genre of food to another often requires nuance and context, making the whole endeavor that much more difficult. Dave speaks to writer and food criti...Show More

Why You Should Go to Spoon by H | The Dave Chang Show

16:58 | Feb 12th

Spoon by H is an unassuming dessert café located in a strip mall near central Los Angeles. Yet Dave named it his 2018 restaurant of the year on this very podcast. In this micropod, Dave sits down with his producer, Isaac Lee, to explain what makes th...Show More

Challenging the Status Quo in Cooking and in Basketball, With Kevin O’Connor | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 40)

1:08:07 | Feb 7th

The NBA has gone through a significant revolution in the past decade, prioritizing efficiency over tradition. The result? A wildly popular league that garners more attention than ever before. Dave sits down with Ringer basketball analyst Kevin O’Conn...Show More

The Chef as a Leader, With Adam Grant | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 38)

1:05:15 | Jan 24th

Being a chef is a lot more than just cooking; it requires the ability to manage a kitchen and everyone who works in it. Dave learned the hard way that he needed to control his infamous temper in order to excel as a leader. He discusses this and much ...Show More

René Redzepi: The Relentless Innovator | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 37)

1:10:18 | Jan 17th

Noma has been considered one of the greatest restaurants in the world for over a decade. Dave’s longtime friend, Noma head chef and co-owner René Redzepi, takes us through how the Danish restaurant flourished with its extraordinary dedication to rein...Show More

Looking Back and Moving Forward | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 36)

49:17 | Jan 10th

So much has happened to Dave in 2018. Here are his thoughts, unfiltered. We’re trying something new: Send any questions you may have to askdave@majordomomedia.com.

Majordomo Post-opening Diaries, Vol. 2: Back of House | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 35)

55:25 | Dec 27th, 2018

As the first year of Majordomo draws to a close, Dave sits down with his key staffers at the Los Angeles restaurant to review the journey since launch. This week, he speaks with the back-of-house leaders: executive chef Jude Parra-Sickels and chef de...Show More

Majordomo Post-Opening Diaries, Vol. 1: Front of House | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 34)

1:08:15 | Dec 20th, 2018

As the first year of Majordomo draws to a close, Dave sits down with his key staffers at the Los Angeles restaurant to review the journey since launch. This week, he speaks with the front-of-house leaders: general manager Christine Larroucau and beve...Show More

Food Trends of 2018 With Bill Simmons | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 33)

1:04:36 | Dec 13th, 2018

This year has been a memorable one for food; Dave reviews 2018’s biggest food developments with the help of the Podfather, Bill Simmons. And, of course, they talk about some sports too.

Jeremy Fox Tells His Story | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 32)

1:11:02 | Dec 6th, 2018

Chef Jeremy Fox reinvented cooking with vegetables at Ubuntu. But the recognition and accolades, in both earning and receiving, were not without their costs. Dave speaks to the ingenious chef about finding balance and returning to the culinary world....Show More

Embracing Cultural Identity With Jon M. Chu | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 31)

1:31:31 | Nov 29th, 2018

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a worldwide phenomenon, the sixth highest-grossing rom-com of all time, and a cultural touchstone for many East Asians. But for its director, Jon M. Chu, the road to creating the first major Hollywood film with an all-Asian cas...Show More

Joshua Skenes: The Maverick of Cooking | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 30)

2:02:10 | Nov 15th, 2018

Saison chef Joshua Skenes didn’t become one of the greatest chefs in the world by reading a textbook or by chasing accolades. All that mattered was the food.

Steven Yeun: Exploring and Embracing the Korean American Duality | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 29)

1:11:45 | Nov 8th, 2018

Filming ’Burning’ allowed actor Steven Yeun to grapple with being in South Korea as a Korean American (9:07), the unique Korean sentiment of “Han” (22:22), and the expectations to represent Asian America (54:20) … all of which Dave can relate to.

Challenging the Status Quo in Cooking and in Football With Kevin Clark | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 28)

40:53 | Nov 1st, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with Ringer NFL writer Kevin Clark to compare the tension between progress and orthodoxy in the culinary arts to a similar dissonance in the NFL.

Evan Kleiman: Telling the Story of Food | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 27)

1:29:08 | Oct 25th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with 'Good Food' host Evan Kleiman to discuss growing up as a food lover in Los Angeles (1:20), innovation in dining during the '70s and '80s (23:24), the trials and tribulations of operating a restauran...Show More

Ike Barinholtz: Restoring a Frayed Nation, One Movie at a Time | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 26)

1:02:12 | Oct 18th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by comedian-turned-filmmaker Ike Barinholtz to discuss the uniqueness of the Thanksgiving meal (7:37), how politics bleeds into culture at large (24:43), and finding pragmatism in a fractured discourse (...Show More

Making Sense of Modern Politics With John Heilemann | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 25)

1:06:29 | Oct 11th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder David Chang sits down with political journalist John Heilemann to discuss Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial appointment to the Supreme Court (4:11) and the future for the United States government (40:12).

Khabib-McGregor Reactions With Kevin Clark | The Dave Chang Show

17:18 | Oct 9th, 2018

In this micro-pod, chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with The Ringer’s Kevin Clark to relive the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 229 and the ensuing brawl.

Finding Purpose in Cooking: Dan Giusti of Brigaid | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 24)

1:08:57 | Oct 4th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with Brigaid chef Dan Giusti to discuss how Giusti’s career led up to becoming head chef at Noma (4:37) and leaving the top position at one of the world’s greatest restaurants to service more people (36:...Show More

From Cooking Prodigy to Culinary Artist: Jessica Largey | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 23)

1:23:59 | Sep 27th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with Simone chef Jessica Largey to discuss her extraordinary ascent as a prodigious cook in elite kitchens (0:47), developing an artistic voice with food (51:12), and transitioning to opening a restauran...Show More

Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, Part 2 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 22)

48:11 | Sep 21st, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi to recount her experience working under Wylie Dufresne (1:36), how she helped advance Momofuku (14:05), and the trials and tribulations of opening the first Milk Bar (3...Show More

Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, Part 1 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 21)

1:03:49 | Sep 20th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi to discuss the unique challenge of opening a new restaurant (6:37), fostering creative innovation in the kitchen (20:56), and developing a work ethic in high-pressure e...Show More

Vivek Garipalli on the Power of Taking Risks | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 21)

1:04:08 | Sep 13th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by cofounder and CEO of Clover Health Vivek Garipalli to discuss how he overcame those who underestimated him (16:56), the power of taking risks when you're young (20:12), and what he learned from buying...Show More

Revolutionizing Japanese Cuisine in America With David Schlosser | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 20)

1:20:19 | Sep 6th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by Shibumi chef David Schlosser to discuss Schlosser’s advanced career leading up to working in Japan (0:56), learning the highest forms of Japanese fine dining as a foreigner (33:43), and challenging th...Show More

JJ Redick on L.A. vs NYC, Food-Sports Parallels, and Challenging Norms | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 18)

54:33 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick to discuss the Los Angeles–New York debate (1:05) and the parallels between restaurant management and professional sports (15:00). Then, J.J. turns the tables and as...Show More

Nick Kroll, Part 2: Growing Beyond | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 17)

49:41 | Aug 16th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang continues his conversation with comedian Nick Kroll. They discuss how personal experiences shaped the development of ‘Big Mouth’ (0:38), the importance of work-life balance (18:58), and setting others up for succe...Show More

Nick Kroll, Part 1: The Origin Story | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 16)

51:50 | Aug 9th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang and comedian Nick Kroll discuss how they first met almost 20 years ago (5:08), Nick’s early days in comedy while he was still in college (11:21), why he’s glad his success came later in life (23:53), and finding t...Show More

Good Girl Dinette Chef Diep Tran on Her Life and What Makes Vietnamese Food So Special | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 15)

1:15:23 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by Good Girl Dinette owner and chef Diep Tran to discuss what it was like fleeing Vietnam as a child (3:00), how she was inspired by her grandmother's hustle (20:20), the great pho debate (35:20), what i...Show More

The Evolution of the Las Vegas Food Scene, With Joe House, Shaun King, and Matt Rudofker | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 14)

1:00:54 | Jul 26th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with ‘House of Carbs’ host Joe House, Momofuku Las Vegas executive chef Shaun King, and Momofuku global director of culinary operations Matt Rudofker to discuss how Las Vegas became a culinary destinatio...Show More

Lena Waithe on Staying True to Herself and What Inspires Her | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 13)

46:42 | Jul 19th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with Lena Waithe to discuss why she doesn't want people to strive to be "the next Lena Waithe" (1:35), where she gets her inspiration (21:01), and why she decided to write in a chef character in her show...Show More

Producer Micro-Pod: A Tease for This Week's Lena Waithe Interview | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 12)

06:24 | Jul 17th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by producers Aggi Ashagre and Isaac Lee in this micropod. They look ahead to Thursday's episode featuring screenwriter, producer, and actress Lena Waithe and discuss queer representation in media.

Alan Yang Returns to Discuss His Hollywood Takeover | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 11)

49:30 | Jul 12th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by screenwriter and producer Alan Yang in this second installment of their conversation about some of Alan's latest projects (1:18), Asian representation in pop culture (14:49), and how inclusion in Holl...Show More

‘Master of None’ Cocreator Alan Yang on Breaking Out of Harvard and Into Comedy | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 10)

41:57 | Jun 28th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by screenwriter and producer Alan Yang to discuss how he transitioned from studying biology into comedy (5:23), making it in Hollywood (20:11), and some fun behind-the-scenes tidbits that 'Parks and Recr...Show More

Pre-opening Diaries, Vol. 5 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 9)

57:15 | Jun 21st, 2018

In this final installment of the pre-opening diaries, chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss the restaurant review process (8:15), dealing with poor reviews (28:05), and what to look forward t...Show More

Dave Chang on Mental Health and Holding on to Hope | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 8)

25:01 | Jun 14th, 2018

A brief note on this episode from chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang: "This week on the podcast, I want to open up a little about my own experiences with mental health in the hopes that we can chip away at some of the stigmas around it. I ...Show More

Chloe Kim on the Olympics, Korean American Identity, and Supportive Parents | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 7)

47:43 | Jun 7th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with Olympic gold-medalist snowboarder Chloe Kim to discuss dealing with heightened pressures at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics (2:30), overcoming difficulties growing up as a Korean American athlete (16:...Show More

Growing Up With Asian Immigrant Parents | The Dave Chang Show

07:20 | Jun 5th, 2018

In this micropod, chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang previews his interview with Olympic gold-medalist snowboarder Chloe Kim by sharing his experiences playing competitive golf as a child.

MSG, Korean Food, and Cultural Appropriation | The Dave Chang Show

31:28 | May 29th, 2018

In this not-so-micro pod, chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by his producers, Isaac Lee and Aggi Ashagre, to discuss the racist implications behind the public perception of MSG, how Korean cuisine became popular in America, and dealing w...Show More

Pre-opening Diaries, Vol. 4 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 4)

56:28 | May 24th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss launching the Majordomo restaurant in Los Angeles (3:12), the reasons for its immediate success (20:55), and hit menu items (35:49).

Rian Johnson and Karina Longworth on Dealing With Criticism | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 4)

59:02 | May 17th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson and ‘You Must Remember This’ host Karina Longworth to discuss innovating within the confines of expectation and facing subsequent criticism.

Rehashing ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ With Mallory Rubin | The Dave Chang Show

14:54 | May 14th, 2018

In his first micropod, chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin to recapitulate their debate over the controversial film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’ Stay tuned for Dave’s interview with ‘Last Jedi’ director Rian...Show More

Pre-opening Diaries, Vol. 3 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 3)

1:00:05 | May 10th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss developing unique menu items through test dinners (4:32), utilizing local California ingredients in the dishes (28:50), and accounting for customers’ req...Show More

Pre-opening Diaries, Vol. 1 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 1)

47:41 | Apr 26th, 2018

Chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss the steps leading up to moving to Los Angeles (5:57), using past mistakes as lessons to apply during the Majordomo launch (17:34), and the unique struggl...Show More

Introducing ‘The Dave Chang Show’

01:26 | Apr 24th, 2018

Coming soon from 'The Ringer' and Majordomo Media: Join chef and founder of Momofuku Dave Chang as he shares his thoughts on the culinary world, launching his new Los Angeles restaurant Majordomo, being a star chef, and much more.