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Alan Geaam’s story is all about perseverance. The Lebanese chef arrived in Paris 20 years ago and worked as a dishwasher while sleeping in a park. Now he’s a Michelin-starred chef with a restaurant named after him. We asked him about how it felt to get his first star, what cooking for a colonel in the Lebanese army was like and more. We wrap up with comedian Taylor Ortega on her childhood obsession with secret foods. 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.