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Mitchell Davis, the James Beard Foundation's executive vice president, tell us what to expect ahead of this weekend's award ceremony.

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James Beard Foundation executive vice president, Mitchell Davis, Ph.D, joins us before heading to Chicago for a busy weekend followed by Monday night’s awards gala at the Lyric Opera. He talks about how the Foundation has reacted to the #MeToo era, the beginnings of the food studies program at New York University, the James Beard’s Chef Bootcamp for Policy and Change, this year’s theme of the James Beard Awards and more. We wrap with comedian Fareeha Khan on why she loves fried rice so much. But first, the news:

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Food Republic Today is hosted by our Editorial Director, Richard Martin, with co-host Krista Ruane, Zero Point Zero culinary creative director, and produced by Zero Point Zero Production. Our producer is Katie Guhl with assistance from Tiffany Do. The episode features music by Ghostly International artists including Michna, whose “Metal Baile Joint” is the theme song.