Andrew Talks to Chefs

Episode 236: Eli Kulp (Chef & Host, Chef Radio Podcast)

Episode Summary

Eli Kulp shares about his early career in New York City and Philadelphia, the train accident that changed his life, and his personal and professional adjustment to life as a quadriplegic.

Episode Notes

**Content warning – this episode (briefly) discusses suicidal feelings.**

Eli Kulp inspires us. By age 36, he'd graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, moved from his native Seattle to New York City, and worked in top kitchens before becoming the opening chef de cuisine of the original, fabled Torrisi restaurant. After moving to Philadelphia to take over the kitchen at Fork, a catastrophic Amtrak accident rendered him a quadriplegic. He takes us through all of it, including his post-accident rehabilitation and a professional adjustment that includes continuing to teach cooks, the launch and success of his Chef Radio Podcast, and his role as cohost of local Philly food podcast Delicious City. This is a relatively long one, and also a special one--please be sure to listen to the whole thing. 

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