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Hospitality industry veterans, Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, get behind the scenes of North Carolina's burgeoning food and beverage culture. Hear from local chefs, sommelier's, distillers, farmers, brewers and the whole lot of them in the NC F&B podcast. 

"Our intention is to create a behind-the-scenes conversation between industry professionals. Whether we are speaking with an advanced level sommelier about their wine program or a chef about breaking down an entire pig, we just want the conversation to be real, unedited and honest. The food and beverage world is a unique industry, and North Carolina's food scene is growing everyday.

Take a listen. We hope to entertain, teach and inspire while offering some specific information about the NC food scene."

 -Max & Matt

Apr 4, 2024

We are joined by a newly minted contestant on Top Chef from Durham, NC Savannah Miller. Max & Matt delve into Savannah's culinary journey, from her beginnings in Southern Pines and education at the New England Culinary Institute to her roles in various restaurants, including her current role at M Tempura. The conversation highlights her early interest in pastry, her move toward a broader culinary role, and her experiences with Top Chef — including the audition process, working under the scrutiny of cameras and judges, and the challenges and opportunities that come with being on the show. Additionally, the hosts discuss their upcoming event, Bubbles and Brisket, and extend an invitation to Savannah to participate. The episode also touches on potential career paths post-Top Chef, and Savannah shares her dreams of owning a business that encompasses a restaurant, events, and a commissary kitchen on a farm.

  • 03:06 Savannah's Journey: From Southern Pines to Top Chef
  • 15:09 A Deep Dive into Top Chef and Savannah's Journey on the Show
  • 25:27 The Unique Experience of Filming Top Chef in Wisconsin
  • 29:06 The Intense World of Cooking Competitions
  • 30:10 The Evolution of Chef Caliber on Cooking Shows
  • 37:17 The Impact of Reality TV on Personal and Professional Life
  • 39:21 Dreams and Aspirations Post-Top Chef
  • 51:13 Reflecting on the Top Chef Experience and Future Opportunities 

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