Steve Dolinsky and Rick Bayless with chef Kevin Hickey of The Duck Inn.
In January 2014, Rick Bayless, the award-winning chef behind the Frontera restaurant empire, and Steve Dolinsky, ABC 7 Chicago’s “Hungry Hound” food reporter, paired up to create The Feed Podcast, a weekly audio talk show on food, plus travel, wine, beer, and spirits. This spring, the podcast won a 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Book, Broadcast, and Journalism.
“We were pretty surprised,” says Dolinsky, citing competition from the venerable Southern Foodways Alliance. “But we’re doing a more ambitious podcast. We wanted to make it feel like a radio show.” With a varied diet of interviews; cooking segments; reports from dining frontiers such as Lima, Peru; and chef challenges, the podcast is the aural equivalent of a magazine with a nose for sussing out unexpected foodies, such as Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche. Their dream guest? Not critic Ruth Reichl or bad boy Anthony Bourdain, but ex-Chicago comic and Portlandia star Fred Armisen. Explains Dolinsky, “We like the unexpected.”