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, October 20th
  • Northern Italian Cuisine and the American Dream: an Interview with Chef Bruce Kalman

    Bruce Kalman cooks with one main ingredient: love. Tune into this episode of TOP Talk to hear all about the winding road that led him to his acclaimed Southern California restaurant, Union and the eco-system he is building.
  • Thursday, October 13th
  • Nourishing the Soul with Ziggy Marley

    Ziggy's new cookbook, Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook, is an extension of all the thing Ziggy stands for: peace, love, and freedom. Tune into this episode of TOP Talk to hear just how all of these ideals translate into his cooking.
  • Thursday, October 6th
  • Jerkin' Around with Three Jerks Jerky

    You know when something just feels right and make a whole lotta sense? Everything about the Three Jerks (filet mignon beef jerky) is on brand from the Jerks' personalities to the branding and verbiage and most importantly the tenderness and flavor in the product. It is GOOOOOOOD jerky, ya'll! Tune into this episode of TOP Talk to hear about the entrepreneurial rollercoaster and the challenges of exploding on Shark Tank. Buckle up for this is one heck of a ride!
  • Thursday, September 29th
  • All About Coffee from Lucky Jack founder, Richard Karno

    I don't know about you, but I simply must have one cup of coffee every morning, or else. But there is so much that goes into that one miraculous ritual of a cup. Richard Karno founded Groundworks coffee years ago on a whim. His first location was actually a bookstore that just happened to have an espresso machine. But we all know what happened to book sales, so coffee turned out to be the better business model. Tune into this episode of TOP Talk to hear all about his wild ride building a business and serving some of the best coffee in Southern California.
  • Thursday, September 15th
  • Esquela Taqueria: The Vision of a Restaurant

    Steven Arroyo is an artist of sorts. On this episode of Top Talk he shares a bit about his creative process of curating the ideal restaurant space. Learn about all the moving pieces it takes to have a great customer experience. And some of his craziest moments in this nutty industry will leave your jaw agape! Never a dull moment. Never a dull moment, indeed.
  • Thursday, September 8th
  • Robert Egger of L.A. Kitchen Is Redefining Food Distribution

    I could talk to this guy for hours! Robert Egger is a former nightclub owner turned social reformist through food. For over 20 years he has paved the way for providing affordable food to those in need on a large scale in the most resourceful fashion, combining imperfect ingredients and imperfect people. It's really all so humbling becuase at the end of the day, aren't we all imperfect? Tune into this episode of TOP Talk to get a whole new perspective on our food system. This is a truly life -changing story not to be missed!
  • Thursday, September 1st
  • LA Food and Wine Debrief & Luxury Experience Curator, David Bernahl

    Not too much is known about David Bernahl, or at least about his crazy entrepreneurial start. He's just one of those people that didn't think there was anything he couldn't do. There is so much power in just going for it. Tune into this episode of TOP Talk for the ultimate food and lifestlye entreprenur success story. We cover this past weekend's LA Food and Wine Festival and all the fun highlights!
  • Thursday, August 25th
  • From Emilia Romagna to Los Angeles

    Spending summers with his mother's family in Emilia Romagna, Steve Samson learned to appreciate regional Italian food from a young age. This week's episode of TOP Talk is a great story of how to trust your instincts and pursue the career of your dreams, despite any personal doubts. Plus we hear all about the exciting Northern Italian dishes to come at his newest project, Rossoblu!
  • Thursday, August 18th
  • Making Tea Fun

    Billy Dietz has found his true calling as a Tea Development Specialist at DavidsTea (Yes, this is a real job. Tune in to find out more about how he got on that train!). He gives us a thorough, but never boring, overview of the main varieites, steeping times, and my favorite of all, how to incorporate teas into other cooking recipes.
  • Thursday, August 4th
  • Hospitality: The Heart of the Industry

    Luke Mathot, Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts in the Americas, grew up in the hotel business. From a young age he found great joy in entertaining family and friends. Hear how Luke worked his way up from the bottom and what it takes to make the best guest experience possible.
  • Thursday, July 28th
  • Pazzo for Semolina Pasta!

    Even as a child Leah was obsessed with the Italian culture. It's no surprise she met and married one. Her love of pasta drove her all over Italy to learn the art of pasta-making so that she could create her own line of high quality, small batch, low -temperature dried, organic semolina pasta. Tune into this episode of Top Talk to learn all about the temperment of pasta - making.
  • Thursday, July 7th
  • Fun with the Founders of Foodstirs!

    Do you love creating special memories with your family, but don't love all of the mess? Three savvy ladies (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Galit Laibow, Gia Russo) decided to make it easier on us (as well as artificial flavor - free) by creating a pre-measured baking kit with a recipe of your choosing. Tune into this episode of Top Talk to hear how this dynamic trio went for it and where they are headed.
  • Thursday, June 30th
  • McConnells for National Ice Cream Month!

    Hear all about why McConnell's is THE best on the shelf when it comes to your ice cream indulgences this summer. Owner, Michael Palmer, tells us all about the rich history of McConnell's and the process of making every little ingredient from scratch at the original dairy in Santa Barbara.
  • Thursday, June 23rd
  • Queen of Poke: Dakota Weiss

    Ever wondered how these cool food concepts come to life? Chef Dakota Weiss shares the organic unfolding story of how she and her team created Sweetfin Poke, a casual concept that serves various combinations of poke bowls. But wait! There's more! She has a line of crazy flavored popcorn called Pop Parlor and if that wasn't enough she has another restaurant called Estrella where they are hosting a wine pairing event this Sunday, June 26th with Onx Wines. Get in on the fun, people!
  • Thursday, June 16th
  • A Chat with Sherry Villanueva: Santa Barbara's Restaurant Queen

    At the age of 50, Sherry Villanueva took a leap into the restaurant world. No small feat. Since day 1 she has been applying her background knowledge in consumer research to give the patrons exactly the experience they desire and it's working. Tune into this episode of TOP Talk to learn how to turn your visions into a reality!
  • Thursday, June 9th
  • Salo Series: Filipino Food Goes International

    Yana Gilbuena is a Philippines native from the nation's 7,107- island archipelago. Devastated and helpless from the aftermath of the typhoon, she started a pop - up cooking traditional kamayan feasts over all 50 of the United States in an effort to fundraise and give back to her homeland. She named the pop - up "Salo Series" after the Filipino word for party, "salo." Tune into this episode of Top Talk to hear this fearless story and to find out where in the world to join the next salo!
  • Thursday, June 2nd
  • The (Real) Big Night

    Remember that Stanley Tucci movie, Big Night? Well, the story of Valentino (restaurant) is the real live version. The tale of a real Italian from Italy on a quest to serve real Italian food in the 1970s in Los Angeles. Tune into this episode of Top Talk to learn how Piero Salvaggio came to the United States as a bus boy and how he overcame all of the hurdles of creating and sustaining a successful restaurant for 40 years and building an internationally renowned wine list.
  • 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.

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