TOP Talk with Pace Webb

TOP Talk with Pace Webb

Pace Webb is an L.A.-based chef talking about cuisine and the many ways it affects our everyday lives. For any given person, food can be a lifestyle, a cultural experience, a memory of home, or a business. Drawing on her experiences in the L.A. food industry and world travel, Pace examines the world of food the only way she can: from every angle and every side.
  • Thursday, May 26th
  • Middle Eastern Cuisine on the Rise

    These two gals both named Sarah, affectionately called "Squara" by friends, are the brazen duo from Brooklyn who have ventured out west to open restaurants. And they've done just that. Their first location is a falafel stand called "Madcapra" in Grand Central Market serving authentic falafel, lots of pickled goodies, and seriously delicious beverages. They are in the midst of opening a full service restaurant with Jon and Vinny of Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, and Jon and Vinny's. Tune into this episode of TOP Talk for some real talk with some fiercly talented boss ladies who don't take themselves too seriously.
  • Friday, May 20th
  • All About Seafood with Andrew Gruel of Slapfish!

    I mean, I could have gone on and on with this guy! Andrew Gruel, chef and founder of Slapfish Restaurants, is an endless source of information about seafood. Even if you're not into seafood, the environmental aspect alone is fascinating in this episode of TOP Talk.
  • Thursday, May 12th
  • Everson Royce Bar: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

    Don't let his boyish looks fool you, Randy Clement has had hospitality in his blood for a long time. From working as a bus boy to opening a wine store and now a top notch bar, he is passionate about people and wine and lives by the mantra that he's just here to help you discover what kind of wines you like. And treat you like a VIP no matter your age or social status.
  • Thursday, May 5th
  • Cinco de Mayo at El Chavo

    This episode of TOP Talk holds nothing back when it comes to entrepreneurship. Brandyn Tepper and Matt Landes of Cocktail Academy tell all about transforming a neighborhood Mexican restaurant into their take on something new and exciting. To celebrate their new partnership with chefs Phillip Frankland Lee (Top Chef: California) and Alex Carrasco on Cinco de Mayo, El Chavo is hosting a big blow out fiesta with luchador wrestlers, fresh tortillas, live music and amazing El Silencio and Hornitos cocktails!
  • Thursday, April 28th
  • Smitten Ice Cream

    Feeling like your job is a slog? Robyn did too. After getting her MBA, she had the opportunity to join the FBI. . . or make ice cream. Tune into this episode of TOP Talk to hear how she hocked her fresh creations on the streets of San Francisco to create an absolute craze that led to other such crazy things involving science, engineering, and shipping containers.
  • Thursday, April 21st
  • Coachella 2016!

    Can you imagine cooking for hundreds and hundreds of hungry festival goers, feeding fancy VIPs in the middle of the dessert with all of the obstacles that poses? Not to metion the dust and wind. Chef Fretz of Churchkey LA and Top Round fills us in on the behind the scenes of what it takes to serve high quality festival food at Coachella 2016.
  • Thursday, April 14th
  • A Moment with Caroline Styne of Lucques, A.O.C., and Tavern

    She's humble, but she knows her stuff. Caroline Styne is a restaranteur, sommalier and co-founder with Suzanne Goin of Lucques, A.O.C., Larder Baking Company and Tavern. On this episode of TOP Talk we cover how it all got started as a bold 22 year old entrepreneur all the way to the iconic Hollywood Bowl and whole lot of wine and hustle in between.
  • Thursday, March 17th
  • Nick Erven of Fundamental LA

    On this episode of Top Talk we chat with the generally-enthusiastic-about-life, Nick Erven from Fundamental LA on tirelessly honing dishes on a daily basis to be the very best.
  • Thursday, March 10th
  • Feeding the People with Roy Choi

    Sure, Roy Choi is building an empire, but his motivation is far from fame or paper. At the essence of everything he does is the intention to feed as many people as possible, regardless of their socioeconomic class. On this episode of Top Talk, we chat with Roy about everything from "Baby Roy" and young adulthood addictions to the rise of Kogi and feeding the community of Watts at his latest fast casual spot, Locol. An honest, heartfelt, meaty episode, indeed!
  • Thursday, March 3rd
  • Garden On Mars

    Jeanette and Erin, the masterminds behind the urban gardening project (Garden on Mars) are examples of what we should all be doing: helping to leave the world, or even neighborhood for that matter, a better place.
  • Thursday, February 25th
  • Ricardo Zarate on Peru, Passion, and his New Cookbook, The Fire of Peru

    Ricardo embodies what you think of when you think sunshine-y happy Peru. He is charming and full of passion and life. He opens up about his struggles starting out and all the barriers he had to overcome. He is so pumped about his new book, The Fire of Peru, and opening his new spot. Both projects will reflect Ricardo in the most authentic light we've seen him in yet.
  • Thursday, February 18th
  • Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill

    I could have talked to Mary Sue for hours. She has so much to say about all topics and her passion for cooking is tireless. On this episode of Top Talk, we cover everything from cooking international dishes and how to have a successfull partnership to building an empire and keeping in close contact with your fans and customers. Be sure to grab tickets to City Night where Mary Sue and Susan revive their first restaurant together from the 80s for one night only at Border Grill!
  • Thursday, February 11th
  • Ally Brooke on Baking and Making Music

    Music and food: my two favorite things!
    Joining me on this week's episode of Top Talk, is the effervescent Ally Brooke of Fifth Harmony. This foodie at heart took a break from recording the group's new album to talk about her passion for baking, her love of Mexican cuisine plus her favorite dishes to cook. Plus we'll hear the inside scoop on 5H's upcoming new music coming this year.
  • Thursday, February 4th
  • Superbowl Sunday with Eric Greenspan!

    Eric Greenspan is THE man to talk to about fun, hard work, living life to the fullest, and really good comfort food. Show off on Superbowl Sunday with these pro tips on how to make the BEST grilled cheese and how to give your burger a make-over.
  • Thursday, January 28th
  • The Bellwether: It's a Family Affair

    Ever considered going into business with your family? Learn what it takes to make it work on this episode of TOP Talk. Ted and Ann Marie are co-owners (and in-laws) of the new restaurant, The Bellwether located in an up and coming area of Los Angeles. The menu is produce-centric with an infusion-based cocktail program and the goal is to be like a "Cheers" for the neighborhood. With the team's strong Italian roots, I can't imagine The Bellwether is anything but a good time. . . where everybody knows your name!
  • Thursday, January 21st
  • Better Booch: The Tale of Two Musicians

    Trey and Ashleigh are not only super talented musicians (having backed up the likes of Rihanna), but they are a dynamo married couple turned entrepreneurs. On this episode of Top Talk we learn about how the quest for something better turns into something great.
  • Thursday, January 14th
  • Geri Hirsch on Quick and Healthy Foods and Becoming a Lifestyle Expert

    Geri Hirsch has an enviable lifestyle. She eats the cleanest food, she's wears the best clothes, she travels the world, and she pretty. Really pretty. But there's much more behind that pretty face! Geri is a smart savvy dynamo who shares a huge passion for entertaining and living well. Her secret to success? "don't stop hustling!" Learn more about clean eating hacks and keys to success on this episode of Top Talk.
  • Thursday, January 7th
  • A Love Story with A Side of Paella

    On this episode of Top Talk we chat with Ben Schuster, a real ray of sunshine, about his journey from being a top accountant to a paella cook. Cozy up for this one with a warm cup of tea if you're longing for summer days and a very romantic story filled with love, and of course food
  • Thursday, December 31st, 2015
  • Sammies and Ceviche with Freddy Vargas

    Scarpetta Executive Chef, Freddy Vargas opens up to us about his journey into the culinary world and teaches us that the grass isn't always greener. What exciitng and different cuisine can we expect from Freddy in the future? Tune into this episode of Top Talk to find out!
  • Thursday, December 24th, 2015
  • Real Talk on Top Talk with Chef Brendan Collins

    The food business is no fluffy topic and it is most certainly one of the most difficult professions. On this episode of Top Talk we talk with Chef Brendan Collins of Hollywood's newest and certainly best restaurant, Birch. Don't be fooled, the first half of the show is very real and very intense with gratuitous "f - bombs", but we get warm and cozy during the second half!
  • Thursday, December 10th, 2015
  • Pierre Deschamps creator of the Documentary, Noma: My Perfect Storm

    Noma is synonymous with the word "local". Award winning documentarian, Pierre Deschamps and I discuss the journey of Noma and how he captured the essence of "the perfect storm" as we watch Rene Redzepi rise, fall and recover. In theatres and available on iTunes and Amazon on December 18th.
  • Thursday, November 19th, 2015
  • Fabio Vibiani on Building an Empire

    Remember how Italians are supposed to work less and be super chill? Not so much when it comes to the work ethic of Fabio Vibiani. On this episode of Top Talk we learn how this Top Chef alum went from having no bed to a worldwide empire.
  • Thursday, November 12th, 2015
  • Knife Fight's Ilan Hall on Vegan Ramen and Staying Inspired

    Ilan Hall has come a long way since working at a fish shack in Long Island. We all came to know him from winning Season 2 of Top Chef, but I personally got to know his food at The Gorbals here in LA. He has since opened The Gorbals in Brooklyn, the new home to his competition cooking show on the Esquire Network, Knife Fight. His cuisine is flavorful and interesting without trying too hard. It's just simply deliciuos. On this episode of Top Talk we chat about how he serendipitously developed his vegan ramen concept, Ramen Hood and how to keep inspired as a culinary artist.
  • Thursday, October 29th, 2015
  • Halloween with Master Pastry Chef, Richard Ruskell

    From competing on many Food Network shows to cooking at the most luxurious hotels, Richard Ruskell remains humble and talented. We hear about his crazy ride to the top and his simple yet sophisticated Halloween recipes!
  • Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
  • Thug Kitchen

    Hanging with the creators of Thug Kitchen is full of wit and banter, but even more exciting than profuse swearing is hearing a true rags to riches tale that will make everyone want to keep reaching for the stars. We talk about making "clean" food accessible and fun!
  • Thursday, October 15th, 2015
  • The Sweet South with Kimberly Schlapman from Little Big Town

    Little Big Town singer, Kimberly Schlapman, sings like an angel and cooks like one too. Kimberly shares her childhood idols in both food and music and gives us some juicy tips on some of her favorite recipes.
  • Thursday, October 8th, 2015
  • From Midtown to Motown: Food is the New Rock

    Zach Brooks is the founder of NYC's famous food blog, Midtown Lunch. Zach is a passionate (self-proclaimed) eater and an eloquent speaker on the topics of food and music. His podcast, Food is the New Rock hosts chefs or rockstars that discuss food and music. What could be better?!
  • Thursday, September 10th, 2015
  • Hedley & Bennet: The Apple of the Apron World

    The energetic and driven Ellen is the founder of Hedley & Bennett, a line of American made custom aprons. Ellen shares her inspiring story of wanting to create beautiful duds for chefs and to simply leave the world a better place all around. From little to big, that is clearly this #apronsquad leader's mission.
  • Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
  • BBQ Time with the "King of Q", Myron Mixon

    This Labor Day weekend many grills will be manned and BBQ will be devoured. Before you ignite yours, take a listen to our interview with The"King of Q" himself, Myron Mixon. Not only did he speak to us about his grilling innovations and his pet peeves of the competition world but he shares one of his triple threat recipes! Get ready to take notes.
  • Thursday, August 27th, 2015
  • The Rise of Fast Casual

    In-N-Out Burger, Shake Shack, Chipotle. The fast casual model is undeniably exploding. But why? And why now? Steve Fretz and Noah Ellis of LA's Top Round are here to give a little insight into this fascinating and totally delicious phenomenon.
  • Thursday, August 20th, 2015
  • The Real Adam Richman

    Adam Richman is the host of NBC's "Food Fighters", but he is so much more than a TV host and a food enthusiast. He opens up to us about soccer, charity and his love (I mean obsession) with rare kicks and mens fashion. Epic plans are on the horizon for this well-traveled man from Brooklyn doing big, big things.
  • Thursday, August 13th, 2015
  • From Babo to The Springs: A Chef's Tale of Traditional to Alternative Cooking

    Michael Falso cooked at Mario Batali's Babo in New York and while he loved everything from the quality of the food and amazing flavors of regional Italian cooking, he wasn't feeling well. At all. He simply started to eat more vegetables and realized how different he felt. This renewed sensation of health and energy drove him on a path of discovery for health and well being, which has led him to Los Angeles' premiere vegan eatery, The Springs.
  • Thursday, August 6th, 2015
  • Food, Wine, and Beer Take Center Stage at Outside Lands Music Festival

    What's it like to curate the food, wine and beer choices for one of the biggest gourmet music festivals? We hear from three experts to tell us about how they make sure the culinary experience is just as good as the bands on stage for Outside Lands 2015.
  • Thursday, July 30th, 2015
  • Graham Elliot Prepares for Lollapalooza

    Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot (MasterChef and MasterChef Junior) loves music. A lot! Each year, he curates the food found at Lollapalooza's Chow Town serving the over 300,000 attendees and cooks for bands taking the stage that weekend. On this episode of Top Talk, we dish on the craziness of cooking at festivals and who we would be if we were musicians instead of chefs.
  • Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
  • Inspiring Tales of Couture Florals and Designer Wedding Cakes

    Both featured in publications such as US Weekly, People and In Style, Eddie Zaratsian (couture floral designer) and Kimberly Bailey (custom cake queen) talk about how to gain inspiration as an artist, the craziness of the events business, and what they're into creating right now.
  • Thursday, July 16th, 2015
  • What's Cooking Gaby?!

    Food and Lifestyle Blogger, Gaby Dalkin shares her favorite summertime entertaining trends inspired by her recent trips to Sweden and Copenhagen and how you can make them at home too!
  • Thursday, July 9th, 2015
  • The Travel Bite: from Bordeaux to Bologna

    Travel journalist, Rachelle Lucas of's "The Travel Bite" went from banker to inn keeper to world-traveler. Hear her latest on wine trails in Bordeaux and pistachio coffees in Bologna.
  • Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
  • LA Street Food Fest

    The LA Street Food Fest is coming up on July 11th! Two hundred hand-selected, established and up and coming chefs will be serving up their individual twist on LA Street Food from tacos to donuts and so much more. Founder of LA Street Food Fest and PR Firm Sauce LA, Shawna Dawson, joins us to tell all and we have so much to talk about!
  • Thursday, June 25th, 2015
  • Get Chef'd!

    Co-founder of Chef'd, Jesse Langley and hot mama Croatian Chef'd cook, Kristina Kuzmic tell all about the wonders of mise en place'd meals to your doorstep to bring the family close together.
  • Thursday, June 18th, 2015
  • Cooking with Dad

    Being a chef is already a crazy lifestyle. But being a dad too?! That's a little nuts. General Manager of Market Hall in Seattle and former chef, Jason Rice shares stories of fatherhood and cooking and how to balance it all.
  • Thursday, June 11th, 2015
  • Underground Dining

    The biggest underground dining group in America is called Dinner Lab. Join me and Dinner Lab, LA Market Manager, Kelly Valentine for a friendly chat on what the movement means and how to get in on the fun!
  • Thursday, June 4th, 2015
  • Food Entreprenuer-ing

    Food Startups are all the rage. Co-founder of Local Food Lab dishes on their socially conscious – focused culinary boot camp program for those brave souls interested in making the leap into the F & B industry. Raquel, founder of Tava Ghee, shares her story of growing up practicing an Ayruvedic lifestyle and bringing it to the masses with fabulous flavors of ghee! Sharone Hackman of Hack’s BBQ sauces tell us about following his passion and leaving the security of a cushy job in finance to make his dreams come true.
  • Thursday, May 28th, 2015
  • Fermentation Nation!

    It's freaky and funky alright, but fermented things are so good for you! Learn all about the fascinating process of fermentation and two tales of entrepreneurs who have taken the leap and made a real name for themselves in the world of sauerkraut and kombucha.
  • Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
  • Summer summer summertime: Grilling and Ice Cream!

    Who would ever think that funky ice cream flavors could be the passport to international destinations for the curious (and traditional) palate? Founder of Scoops Ice Cream tells us all about his favorite flavors for summer. Chef Christian Page fills us in on preserving authenticity in his favorite nostalgic dish: the hamburger.
  • Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
  • Vegan isn't just for Vegans

    Can you believe that there is a festival dedicated to the Vegan Food scene?! A 6th annual one at that! Thousands of people will gather at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, May 16th to enjoy vegan eats and drinks. We learn all about luxardo cherry small batch beer and how Follow Your Heart has evolved from a lesser known hippie restaurant in the San Fernando Valley to a national vegan condiment and cheese brand!
  • Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
  • Tea Time with Zhena Muzyka from Gypsy Tea

    Zhena's story exemplifies the quote, "necessity is the mother of invention". With only $6 to her name and an infant with special needs, she set out to peddle tea only to turn it into a multi - million dollar business. Zhena shares tea rituals that make even your teenagers open up and tea party ideas for your little ones!
  • Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
  • Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

    Sprits guru, Paul Sanguinetti teaches us about the nuances of tequila and mezcal flavors. His favorite recipes are utlizing simple, yet high quality ingredients. Listen up for some flavor-packed cocktail ideas!
  • Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
  • A Chat with Aida Mollenkamp

    Food & Lifestyle maven, Aida Mollenkamp shares her story of following her passion for food and travel and tells us all about the long and rewarding road to becoming a food personality.
  • Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
  • Feeding People, Loving the Earth

    The real mother earth and pioneer urban forager, Nance Klehm, enlightens on the importance of clean soil. Farm Box (CSA) founder, Reisha Fryzer is the ultimate hippie chic mama! CSA boxes are here to save the day and keep you healthy. Earth day is everyday!
  • Thursday, April 9th, 2015
  • Cooking at Coachella

    You have to be a special kind of crazy to be a chef to begin with, but you have to be a whole other level of crazy to cook at big music festivals. Hear how the pros are preparing for the country's biggest music festival!
  • Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
  • Celebrating Easter Desserts and Spring Bounty!

    Andrea Boudewijn, owner of Superfine Bakery, shares her favorite Easter desserts. We talk about our love for high brow and low brow on this sweet holiday.
  • Thursday, March 26th, 2015
  • The Great Juice Debate

    Aside from bone broth, juice is the undeniably the biggest health trend right now. Hear both sides of the story from Juice Served Here Director of Operations, Danielle Charboneau and Registered Dietiecian, Susan Dopart.
  • Thursday, March 19th, 2015
  • Spilling the Olive Oil

    Industry experts and olive oil lovers, John and Ana, give us the run down on olive oil- where the best is being produced and how to select it with your dishes and what brands to trust.
  • Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
  • Selecting Sustainable Seafood

    We hear from the Seafood Watch program to learn all about how to select sustainable seafood so you can get the most healthy and environmentally sound choices. Pace dishes on some fish recipes from easy to difficult and debunks myths about cooking fish.
  • Thursday, March 5th, 2015
  • Food Trends for 2015

    Food Reporter, Krista Simmons tells all about the food trends to look out for this year. And you're going to be surprised!
  • Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
  • Building an Empire Part 2: For the Love of Burgers!

    Umami Burger has taken off like a wild fire over the last few years. Founder, Adam Fleischman gives us the scoop on putting it all on the line and taking risks.
  • Thursday, February 19th, 2015
  • Building an Empire Part 1: For the Love of Food!

    Jet Tila is a prominent Thai- American chef who is well on his way to building an empire. With mutiple concepts all over the U.S. and appearances on multiple Food Network shows, he dishes out his secrets to success and even a few simple recipes!
  • Thursday, February 12th, 2015
  • Champagne, Chocolate Toffee, and Ice Cream: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Love is in the air! And well, even if it’s not you should eat fine chocolates and drink champagne anyway. Because that’s love too. I know it’s so cliche around Valentines Day to have champagne and chocolate, but there is a reason it’s cliche- because it’s good! We’re going to hear from the movers and shakers at Moet Chandon, Oregon Bark, and Sheila Mae on their favorite romantic treats.
  • Thursday, February 5th, 2015
  • Down on the Farm with Jonathan Peters

    Nestled in a Victorian era attic in the middle of Texas, Pace and Jonathan rap about the differences between cooking in LA vs. Texas. Peters, originally trained with Gordon Ramsey, has returned to his roots to bring world class technique to the south.
  • Monday, February 2nd, 2015
  • The Full Paleo with Robb Wolf

    Paleo expert and biochemist, Robb Wolf, sheds some light on the paleo lifestyle, which extends far beyond diet. Here Robbs' fascinating ideas on returning to utopia and a return to a more natural ecosystem for a better and more delicious tomorrow.

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