Amanda Cohen** has been chef-owner of downtown New York City’s groundbreaking vegetable restaurant Dirt Candy for nearly a decade. Dirt Candy began as a 350-square-foot labor of love and grew into its current, much larger home two years ago. Recently Amanda shifted to an all-tasting-menu format, so we thought it was a perfect time to check in with this always thoughtful, entertaining chef. (Fans of Andrew’s prior podcast, The Front Burner with Jimmy and Andrew, will remember her as one of our most frequent and favorite guests.) Amanda takes us through her career, the unique challenges of being a vegetable-focused chef, the omnipresent turbulence of the hospitality business, and the joys of using her restaurant to support causes she believes in.
** This episode originally aired on our former host network; Andrew Talks to Chefs is an independent podcast and this site is its official home and the best source for current postings and show archives.