Andrew Talks to Chefs

Episode 122: A Talk About "The Talk" with Chef Erick Williams & his father Ricardo Isom

Episode Summary

Chef Erick Williams and his father Ricardo Isom headline a conversation about an unfortunate American tradition known as "The Talk."

Episode Notes

Friend of the show (and of Andrew personally) chef Erick Williams of Chicago's Virtue restaurant recently asked us to host a conversation between him and his father, Ricardo Isom, about an unfortunate American tradition known as "The Talk," in which Black parents tell their children how to behave in interactions with the police. 

Sparked by the murder of George Floyd and the protests it inspired, and shared on the week Jacob Blake was shot in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this conversation explores the experience of two Black men of two different generations.

This is also a fine time to revisit our first conversation with Erick Williams.

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(Photo: Ricardo Isom, left, and Erick Williams, right, photographed several years ago with chef Michael Kornick.)