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Worldchefs Podcast: World on a Plate

Worldchefs Podcast: World on a Plate features conversations with top chefs and leading voices in hospitality exploring food, innovations, and industry news. Tune in for an exclusive look at the culinary world through the lens of experts. Brought to you by Nestlé Professional.

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Episode 106: Journey to Michelin Stardom with Asia’s Best Female Chef, Pichaya 'Pam' Soontornyanakij
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with internationally renowned chef Pam Soontornyanakij, the youngest female chef to receive both a Michelin star and Asia's Best Female Chef award. From her humble beginnings in her family's kitchen to creating the acclaimed Potong restaurant in Bangkok, Chef Pam shares her journey, inspirations, and unique culinary principles. Tune in to explore her innovative approach to Thai Chinese cuisine, the challenges she faced in New York's competitive culinary scene, and her mission to empower the next generation of chefs. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
26:22 19/06/2024
Episode 105: Sweet Success: Inside HUG's Co-Management Model with Anna Hug & Marianne Wüthrich, Co-Managers of HUG
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Anna Hug and Marianne Wüthrich, co-managers of the illustrious Swiss bakery, HUG Familie. They share their distinctive co-CEO management model, exploring its challenges and advantages, particularly in balancing work and family life. Learn how this innovative approach could inspire changes within the hospitality and restaurant industry to attract and retain talent. Tune in to hear how this dynamic duo leads one of the world's top bakery brands to sweet success. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
26:38 05/06/2024
Episode 104: From Training to Triumph with Finland's Winning Culinary Olympics Team
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Katja Tuomainen, Team Manager and Kari Julin, Team Captain to delve into their triumphant journey at the Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart, where they led the Culinary Team of Finland to its first victory. Kari and Katja share insights on their meticulous preparation, the challenges faced, and the strategies behind their winning dishes, which showcased the best of Finnish ingredients. Discover how teamwork, innovation, and a deep connection to their culinary roots brought them to the top. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
27:43 22/05/2024
Episode 103: Beyond the Podium with Two-Time Culinary Olympics Champion Sebastian Pettersson
 On this episode, Ragnar speaks with two-time Culinary Olympian Sebastian Pettersson. From his journey as a pastry chef and chocolatier to leading the Swedish junior culinary team to victory, Sebastian shares insights into the intense training and teamwork required to clinch gold on the world stage. Tune in to hear the secrets behind crafting award-winning dishes and the transformative power of mentorship in shaping future culinary stars. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
32:22 08/05/2024
Episode 102: Culinary Medicine - Bridging the Gap Between Food and Health with Dr. Timothy Harlan
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Dr. Timothy Harlan, also known as Dr. Gourmet, a renowned figure integrating the worlds of culinary arts and medicine. Once a chef himself, Dr. Harlan shares his transformative journey from the kitchen to the clinic, emphasizing how food is the most powerful tool we have for health and well-being. Learn about culinary medicine, the importance of real food over processed options, and how chefs today are positioned uniquely to make significant contributions towards healthier lifestyles. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
37:14 24/04/2024
Episode 101: The Untapped Potential of Neurodiversity in the Kitchen with Max Simpson
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Max Simpson, a trailblazer in neurodiversity and inclusion, to discuss the pivotal role of neurodivergent individuals in enriching and diversifying the hospitality industry. Drawing from over 15 years of experience, Max shares transformative strategies and success stories, particularly within the hospitality sector, emphasizing practical steps organizations can take toward more inclusive employment practices. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
40:21 10/04/2024
Episode 100: Auguste Escoffier's Legacy in Action with Michel Escoffier
On our 100th episode, we commemorate the Escoffier legacy with guest Michel Escoffier, honoring the monumental influence of Auguste Escoffier in modern cuisine. Hear the fascinating history and continuing impact of Escoffier’s innovations from the brigade system to Peach Melba, as told by his great-grandson. Learn how Auguste Escoffier, the father of French cuisine, not only revolutionized the culinary world but also instilled a humanitarian spirit in the profession. Join us to discover how Escoffier's legacy lives on in kitchens around the globe. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
47:52 27/03/2024
Episode 99: Mentoring the Next Generation of Chefs with Isaiah Gerrard & German Lam
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with German Lam, the 'Dragon Chef', and rising culinary talent, Isaiah Gerrard. Delve into their inspiring journeys, intergenerational mentorship, and the importance of a balanced 'Freestyle Lifestyle'. Learn how German, a seasoned chef turned mentor, influences the next generation of industry leaders, like Isaiah. Explore how this unique relationship nurtures personal and professional growth, fostering a supportive culinary community. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
35:59 13/03/2024
Episode 98: The Power of Reverse Leadership with André Wiringa
On this episode, André Wiringa, founder of Start Reverse and a seasoned strategy consultant, shares the secrets to successful leadership and transforming hospitality brands. From crafting unique brand identities to empowering frontline teams, Andre's reverse leadership approach provides a blueprint for award-winning customer experiences. Discover the 5D journey and how it can revolutionize your business, and gain insights into the changing landscape of leadership in the hospitality industry. Whether you're a restaurant owner or part of a large hotel chain, this episode offers valuable strategies for success. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
34:27 28/02/2024
Episode 97: Destination Bangkok - Elevate Your Skills in Thailand's Culinary Playground with Dusit Thani's John Lohr
On this episode, Ragnar talks with John Lohr, the Executive Director of External Affairs at Dusit Thani College in Bangkok. They discuss the importance of international experience for young chefs and professionals in the hospitality industry, highlighting the opportunities for career growth and personal development that come with exploring different cultures and working in diverse environments. Hear more about the future of education, advocating for shorter, more accessible courses that focus on practical skills and job readiness. Get insights into the dynamic world of hospitality and culinary arts, and how Worldchefs' Education Partners are rethinking traditional educational models. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
27:32 14/02/2024
Episode 96: Hire Better and Hire Faster - Talent Trends for 2024 with Hosco CEO Olivier Bracard
On this episode, Ragnar discusses talent trends in the hospitality industry with Olivier Bracard, CEO and Co-founder of Hosco, the first hospitality-specific platform for career development, recruitment, networking and life learning.They dive in to Hosco’s latest Talent Trends report, highlighting the industry's improvements post-COVID and the importance of addressing burnout and facilitating career growth. Tune in for valuable insights into the current state and future of talent in the hospitality industry. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
29:31 31/01/2024
Episode 95: Secrets of Gelato - An Inside Scoop with Kenny Kong
On this episode, Ragnar interviews renowned pastry expert and President of the Gelato World Cup jury, Kenny Kong. They delve into the secrets of gelato, discussing its importance in the pastry world, unique flavors, techniques of making perfect gelato and the upcoming Gelato World Cup. Get an inside look into the the judging criteria of the prestigous Worldchefs endorsed event, taking place in Rimini, Italy, in January 2024. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
37:51 17/01/2024
Episode 94: Inspiration and Innovation in the Digital Age - Empowering Chefs to Create with Gastronomixs' Inge Meijs
On this episode, Ragnar discusses the transformative power of technology in kitchens with Inge Meijs, co-founder of Gastronomixs. They explore how Gastronomixs enhances culinary creativity, assists in recipe creation, and keeps chefs updated with recent trends. Tune in to learn more about Gastronomixs' journey, their unique offering, and explore how they are shaping the future of professional kitchens. Plus, get an exclusive Worldchefs discount code for Gastronomixs membership! World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
37:37 03/01/2024
Episode 93: Leadership Lessons from a Chef - Finding Time to be Great with Charles Carroll
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Charles Carroll, CEC, AAC, past president of Worldchefs, for an in-depth conversation about his culinary journey and leadership lessons. They discuss the dedication and love for the art of cooking that has shaped Chef Charles' illustrious career, along with his unique perspective on motivational leadership. Hear more on the importance of passionate teamwork, personal growth and maintaining a fine balance between professional commitments and personal life, especially during the hectic holiday season. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
46:16 20/12/2023
Episode 92: Thrive to Perform - Perform to Thrive with Krumma Jonsdottir
Positive Performances "Thrive to Perform, Perform to Thrive" On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Krumma Jonsdottir, people development professional and executive coach. With 20+ years of experience in international hospitality management, training, and mentoring, Krumma's expertise bridges hospitality with positive psychology to help F&B professionals develop their leadership skills. Hear more about leadership development focusing on future and current leaders’ performance and multidimensional wellbeing. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
41:38 06/12/2023
Episode 91: Generations of Learning - Navigating the Culinary Education Revolution with Kirk Bachmann of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Kirk Bachmann, President and Provost of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado. They dive into Kirk's rich and fascinating carrer as a chef and educator, and take the pulse of culinary education today. Hear Kirk's insights on how culinary training has changed and how it's evolving. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
47:15 22/11/2023
Episode 90: Empowering Women in the Culinary Industry - Taking Action with Chef Zana of the South African Chefs' Association
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Chef Zana Alvarado of SA Chefs to address gender disparities in the culinary world and support the advancement of women in this male-dominated industry. Chef Zana, the National Chairperson for SA Chefs' Women in Culinary Committee, shares more on the Women in Culinary initiative, her personal journey in the industry, and the need for more awareness and inclusion in culinary education. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
41:00 11/11/2023
Episode 89: A Taste of ‘La Dolce Vita’ in the Competition Arena - Get the Scoop on the Gelato World Cup's 10th Edition with Flavia Morelli & Valentina Sorgente
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Flavia Morelli and Valentina Sorgente of the Italian Exhibition Group S.P.A. to introduce a new collaboration set to bring 'La Dolce Vita' to the competition arena during prestigous Gelato World Cup. Hear how competitions translate to career success, the latest updates on a brand new format for the Gelato World Cup's 10th edition, and all there is to see and enjoy in the event's host city of Rimini, Italy. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
36:25 19/10/2023
Episode 88: Inside Singapore's Culinary Culture with Eric Neo, President of Singapore Chefs' Association
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Eric Neo, the President of the Singapore Chef Association, about the upcoming Worldchefs Congress & Expo in Singapore. Discover Singapore's rich culinary culture, from laksa to chili crab, and hear Eric's journey from Young Chef to President. Eric and Ragnar invite chefs and hospitality professionals from around the world to attend the Congress for an unmissable program of networking, learning, and inspiration. Plus, don't miss the Young Chefs Billy Gallagher Forum, where young talents can interact and learn from peers worldwide. Get your tickets now with limited-time Early Bird rates. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
26:05 04/10/2023
Episode 87: Unlock the Power of Digital Badging with Sam Egerton, Sales Leader at the City & Guilds
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Sam Egerton, City & Guilds Sales Lead for Recognition Services. City & Guilds and Worldchefs have been working together for over 10 years, bringing to the industry the first Global Hospitality Certification. Tune in to learn more about digital badging, and how powerful it can be as a tool for your business and your skills. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
37:44 26/07/2023
Episode 86: From Competitor to Judge - An Inside Look at Culinary Competitions with Ann Brown of Worldchefs Culinary Competition Committee
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Ann Brown, a recent appointee of Worldchefs Culinary Competition Committee, about her journey from award-winning competition chef to international judge. Hear her advice for aspiring chefs, an inside look into the development of competition rules and standards, and how to get the most out of competition experiences. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
35:36 05/07/2023
Episode 85: Inclusive Leadership and Sustainable Luxury - Building Strong Teams and Promoting Diversity with Frank M. Pfaller, Founder of The Hotelier Guild
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Frank M. Pfaller, Founder President of HoteliersGuild, about inclusive leadership, sustainable luxury, and the empowerment of underrepresented voices in the global hospitality industry. Gain valuable insights into transforming the landscape of hospitality while promoting diversity and excellence.World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
25:06 21/06/2023
Episode 84: From Meat to Leather - Understanding the Global Impact of the Vegan Trend with Thomas Heinen, Fourth-Generation Tanner
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Thomas Heinen, a fourth-generation tanner and leather manufacturer, to discuss the global picture of animal husbandry and its connection to the culinary industry. Their conversation sheds light on the vegan trend, its impact on consumer demand, and the important role of leather in various sectors. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
31:15 07/06/2023
Episode 83: A Network for Life with Global Young Chef Leader Jasper Jek
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Jasper Jek, Vice-Chairman of Worldchefs Global Development of Young Chefs Committee and co-founder of Super Simple, a chain of quick service restaurants in Singapore. Jasper was intrumental in setting up the first Young Chefs Club, and over 10 years later remains a key voice in empowering young culinary professionals worldwide. Hear his story and insights on what the industry must do to attract and retain young talent and support the next generation of industry leaders. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
38:03 25/05/2023
Episode 82: How to Grow Your Plant-Based Menu with Rohini Alam
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Rohini Alam, the Global Category Lead for Plant-Based offerings at Nestlé Professional. Rohini brings her extensive experience in the food service industry to the development of vegan and plant-based products, helping chefs to deliver amazing dining experiences to consumers. Tune in to hear about shifting trends, how restaurants can adapt to changing consumer demands and capture an expanding market, plus some tips and common pitfalls to avoid. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional and Electrolux Food Foundation.
34:36 10/05/2023
Episode 81: Stress in the Kitchen with Wonda Grobbelaar
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Wonda Grobbelaar - chef, soft skills training expert, and PhD candidate studying stress in the kitchen. Tune in to hear about her research on stress and automation technology in the industry, her findings on contributing factors to stress, and her recommendations for future-proofing culinary education. To participate in a worldwide survey on stress in back of house, visit worldchefs.org/podcasts. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional.
40:12 19/04/2023
Episode 80: How To Launch Your Food Media Brand with Jessica Formicola
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with author and recipe creator Jessica Formicola. Psychotherapist turned food blogger and TV personality, she brings elevated everyday recipes to the masses through her brand Savory Experiments. Jessica shares her story and approachable advice for getting started in food media. Tune in to hear key insights on building a business online, setting goals for recipe content, and the importance of knowing your audience. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional.
34:20 05/04/2023
Episode 79: What's Cooking in Kitchen Design Trends with Nathan Logan
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Nathan Logan, Senior Project Manager at Stys Hospitality Initiative (SHI). After a successful career as an chef, Nathan pivoted to consulting and founded his own company, ML Restaurant Solutions. In his role with SHI, he has designed and managed high-prfile development, renovation and capital improvement projects.Tune in to hear key trends in the hospitality and restaurant industry when it comes to concepts and design, and how to adapt to a fast-changing environment. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional.
27:51 22/03/2023
Episode 78: Autistic, Gifted, and Welcome in the Kitchen with Chef Franklin Becker
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Chef Franklin Becker, an award-winning chef, Top Chef alum, and autism awareness advocate. He has helped to raise more than $14 million dollars for various autism charities. Working with Autism Speaks, Chef Franklin has attracted many of the culinary world’s top talent to the cause. Tune in to hear his story and how the industry can welcome autistic and gifted persons into the kitchen and the culinary world. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional.
35:22 08/03/2023
Episode 77: Boost the Bookability of Your Rental with Bart-Jan Leyts
On this episode, Ragnar speaks with Bart-Jan Leyt. At just 22 years old, he's created an algorithm that can improve the revenue of hotels and bed and breakfasts by an average of 24%. First tested in his family business, it now serves 290 integrations through his fast-growing start-up, Loreca Consultancy. Tune in to hear his input on technology in hospitality, the biggest challenges right now for F&B businesses, and how hoteliers can take back control of their rentals by boosting OTA and maximizing traffic. World on a Plate is supported by Nestlé Professional.
28:29 19/02/2023