Andrew Talks to Chefs

Episode 175: Zach Engel (Galit--Chicago, IL); Scott Varricchio (Citrus Grillhouse--Vero Beach, FL) on enduring COVID

Episode Summary

Zach Engel discusses his road to Chicago's Galit restaurant. Scott Varricchio of Vero Beach's Citrus Grillhouse recounts his recent brush with COVID.

Episode Notes

On Andrew's (second) recent book-research trip to Chicago, a chance encounter with Galit restaurant's Zach Engel led to a pod sitdown. Zach shares what it was like to grow up the son of a rabbi in Florida, to zero in on MIddle Eastern food in jobs with Philly's Mike Solomonov and New Orleans' Alon Shaya, as well as time cooking in Israel, before putting down roots in Chicago.

And in the Line-Up, our news and commentary segment, friend of the pod Scott Varricchio of Citrus Grillhouse in Vero Beach, Florida, joins us to discuss his recent brush with, and recovery from, COVID (despite being fully vaccinated) and shares his on-the-ground thoughts from one of the most challenged and divided states in the union where the pandemic response is concerned.

In our jobs-of-the-week segment, we share some of the great positions our sponsor Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions (BMRS) is currently looking to fill.  (Andrew Talks to Chefs listeners are encouraged to reach out to BMRS at the special, dedicated email address created just for you at

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