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The Culinati Podcast

Sep 22, 2021

On this episode, Holly talks with Benjamin Coutts, beverage director at Soskei Modern Omakase in Winter Park, Florida, and long-time wine and spirits professional.

They discuss what the right beverage pairing means in elevating cuisine, how wine and spirits can deepen a diner's connection to flavor and gastronomic...


Aug 13, 2021

On this episode, Holly interviews chef Paula DaSilva, executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale.

They discuss the importance of raising the next generation of young chefs, how COVID-19 affected her as a hotel executive chef in a major tourism destination, and how her lesbian identity has played a part in her...


Jun 28, 2021

On this episode, Holly interviews chef Joseph Creech, owner of Hunger Street Tacos in Winter Park and soon opening a second location in Winter Garden at Plant Street Market.

They discuss the importance of exploring the diversity of Mexican cooking styles, why saving heritage ingredients is paramount, and whether Orlando...


May 20, 2021

On this episode, Holly talks with Erin Allport, a career restaurant manager and operations director. Erin's resume includes some of Orlando's lauded dining rooms, including The Ravenous Pig, Txokos Basque Kitchen and The New Standard. 

They talk about how getting creative saved The New Standard during COVID-19, why...


Apr 16, 2021

On this episode, Holly talks with Michael Collantes, chef and restaurateur behind Taglish Collective, a restaurant group based in Orlando. Taglish Collective is comprised of two locations of Taglish Filipino-American Fare, Soseki Modern Omakase and Perla's Pizza. 

They talk about why chefs need to take care of their...