Show 294, October 20, 2018: Food Entrepreneur Lawrence Longo, Judge for “Battle of the Burgers”

Lawrence Longo at Battle of the BurgersOne of the esteemed members of the judging panel for Battle of the Burgers is food entrepreneur Lawrence Longo. He’s on the enviable mission to eat a burger each and every day in 2018.

He’s also the architect of the Off The Menu app. Off The Menu discovers and curates secret menu items from restaurants, bars and cafes across North America. Their worthy mandate is to: “Make Every Meal More Exciting.”

Lawrence or “Bigshot” as people refer to him around the food world, created the Secret Burger Showdown for the LA Times Food Bowl this year and currently has a cookbook and television show in the works. He can be seen as the host of the “Bigshot Burger Review Show” on Instagram Television (@BIGSHOT) where he has eaten and reviewed over 230 burgers this year.

Lawrence keeps in shape thanks to celebrity fitness trainer (and wife) Astrid Swan.

We’ll meet burger devotee and “Battle of the Burgers” judge Lawrence Longo.


Show 257, January 20, 2018: Master Sommelier Cameron J. Douglas, NZ Wine Navigator Part One

Cameron DouglasCameron Douglas enjoys the distinction of being New Zealand’s first certified Master Sommelier. He serves on the Board for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. He takes his position as unofficial Ambassador for New Zealand wine very seriously. Cameron is an experienced wine writer, commentator, judge, reviewer, presenter and consultant.

Cameron also serves as the curator for NZ Wine Navigator. There is lots more to know about premium New Zealand wines than simply the big name grassy, Sauvignon Blancs that have earned the country deserved global acclaim.

We’ll meet him.


Show 97, November 15, 2014: Simon Majumdar

Simon MajumdarYou know food historian Simon Majumdar as the no-nonsense judge on Food Network’s hit series, “Cutthroat Kitchen” with Alton Brown. Majumdar’s new food series, “EAT: The Story of Food” launches Friday, November 21st @ 9:00 p.m. PST on National Geographic Channel. The show examines how food impacts societies throughout history.

“This is a wonderful way to look at the world because it’s so universal.” Majumdar said. “As I’ve travelled around the world I’ve seen how much food impacts every society and every period in history, and how much it impacts the world we live in today”

“Traveling around the United States over the past year, I saw that it’s a country that finds lots of ways to argue with each other – over religion, guns, politics, you name it. But once you have a meal with someone in their home, it becomes a different equation. I always say it’s hard to have an argument with someone when you have a mouthful of ribs. I think if we all are together, we’d probably have a better society.”