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Behind the Podcast : Davia Nelson on Cooking By Ear

with Cal Peternell and Kristina Loring

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After 22 years as head chef at the iconic Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, Cal Peternell left and teamed up with audio producer Kristina Loring to work on a new venture, a podcast called “Cooking By Ear.” In each episode, Cal visits the kitchen of a famous friend, like Frances McDormand and Alexander Payne, where they talk about everything from food to family to poetry to film. Listeners are encouraged to cook along in real time, so they’ll have a complete meal by the end of the episode.

In this behind the scenes look at the making of an episode, Cal cooks and chats with Davia Nelson, one half of the Kitchen Sisters team, an award-winning radio producer, podcaster, and author whose work focuses on cooking, culture, diversity, and activism.

After 22 years in the iconic Berkeley, California, kitchen, Peternell left Chez Panisse last year and teamed up with audio producer Kristina Loring to focus on a new venture : Cooking By Ear, a podcast in which he visits the kitchens of his iconic friends to cook a dish and chat about everything from food and family to poetry and film.  

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Pre-Production Cooking By Ear

  2. 02

    Production: Cooking By Ear

  3. 03

    Post Production: Cooking By Ear


Meet Your Experts

Cal Peternell

Cal Peternell was the chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley for over twenty years. In addition to creating daily menus and running the kitchens at Alice Waters’ influential restaurant, he helped to teach a generation of new cooks, and organized countless events to promote quality public education, sustainable agriculture, and support for the arts.

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Kristina Loring

Kristina Loring is a sound-oriented storyteller and co-creator/producer for the cooking podcast Cooking By Ear.  Her audio work has appeared on McSweeney's The Organist podcast, Dan Savage’s Hot Mic on Audible,  The Future is Here on Audible,  NPR stations WCAI and KALW, PRX's Public Radio Remix, and the interactive media platform War Ink.

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