Andrew Talks to Chefs

Episode 97: Whitney Otawka; Laura & Sayat Ozyilmaz

Episode Summary

Andrew sits down with chef Whitney Otawka, author of the fascinating new cookbook The Saltwater Table, with recipes and stories inspired by her time on Georgia's Cumberland Island, and with Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz, the chef-couple behind San Francisco's wildly popular Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Noosh.

Episode Notes

Whitney Otawka, whom some listeners might remember from her stint on Top Chef, just released a new cookbook, The Saltwater Table, based on her exploration and interpretation of the terroir of Georgia's Cumberland Island. It's a fascinating read, and Whitney's story--she grew up as a wannabe archeologist in Southern California, discovered cooking in a first job in a two-person kitchen in Berkeley, and flowered as a chef after moving to Athens, Georgia--is compelling, to say the least.

In our second interview, Andrew visits with husband-and-wife chef-restaurateurs Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz of San Francisco's hit restaurant Noosh. They share the story of how they met and how their stories and sensibilities--one's a lifelong cook, the other a career-changer--complement one another, and how Noosh came to be.

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