HHH014 Interview with Chef John | Food Wishes

Interview with Chef John Mitzewich, creator of Food Wishes! Chef John is a YouTube legend. He started his channel and recipe website in 2007 then partnered with the AllRecipes site in 2011. His videos are known for funny voiceover and commentary combined with delicious recipes you can make at home. In this podcast interview with Chef John, we talk about how he produces his videos, the best pick-up line, recipe theft, and what the hell is microseasoning?

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You can listen to the episode below or on Soundcloud.

Show Notes:

  • Paul Smith’s College
  • Glacier National Park
  • Garde mange
  • Ryan’s Cafe (get their Chicken Marsala recipe)
  • Chef John’s best pickup line
  • Pan sauces
  • Pattern interrupt!
  • Average Betty
  • YouTube copycats?
  • Clotted cream (Video)
  • Satay tri-tip (Video)
  • Micro-seasoning
  • Seasoning to taste
  • AllRecipes
  • A $50 date in San Francisco???
  • Dosa – South Indian lentil crepes
  • Instant potatoes (video)
  • How to submit your food wish!


  1. Belinda Avey on April 18, 2017 at 9:45 am

    “That’s OK…no one is listening to this.” ?Thanks, Hilah…that was fun!

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      He cracks me up!

  2. Tony on April 18, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Watching you and him for years.

    Love the podcast.

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks so much, Tony!

  3. Marks on April 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    And as always, enjoy! What a legend.

  4. jean-marc on April 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I told you i could not wait…i was right. You, your great questions (instant potatoes)….him, his wit….your laugh…what a treat…will listen over and over…
    Boring meeting at work, mmm…one ear bud and HHH014 and boum…all good again
    Thanks so much

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Jean-Marc!
      This was a really fun interview to record. Chef John is so funny and fun ?

  5. royeh on April 19, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Two of my favorites. Was so exited when your email showed up saying that you’d done this with Chef John. Did kitchen work in my teens though 20s while in school & in the service. Flipped a coin when I was about to leave the service, to go to chef school or tech school. Landed on tech school. So, now retired as an electron chaser, still love cooking.

    Thanks for what you both do.

    peace royeh

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you, Roheh ?
      Chef John is definitely one of my favorite internet friends. So happy you liked this interview. He is an easy conversationalist!

  6. Gus on April 20, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Great interview Hilah, Chef John is a legend. Pure charismatic culinary experience in little 8 minutes flics. Genius!

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      He’s brilliant! Thanks for listening, Gus ?

  7. Li Tyler on April 20, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I am cooking lamb stew while I am listening to this!

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Podcasts are great to listen to while cooking! Thanks, Li! ?

  8. Chris Myers on April 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    You and Chef John taught me to cook!

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      OMG Yay! Thank you! ?

  9. Rhonda on April 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I love Chef John! He’s so talented and funny! I watch his videos all the time!

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      He’s the best! ?

  10. Bryan Soto on April 20, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    What a treat! Thank you so much for having Chef John on your podcast.

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      So glad you enjoyed, Bryan! It was a real treat for me to talk with CJ ?

  11. Gorak The Destroyer on April 21, 2017 at 8:53 am

    two of the best! great interview Hilah!

  12. Stefan Johansson on April 22, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Hi Hilah.

    I just found you and I am so happy for that. You are so great.
    Lots of hugs from Sweden.

    Best r

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you, Stefan!

  13. Jason Smith - yes, my real name on April 22, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Just think….. If I wasn’t a Chef John Super Fan, I NEVER would’ve met you! I’m a Hilah fan for life now!

    Luv ya much!!

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Yay!! ?

  14. Tony Duffy on April 23, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Hilah Cooking and Food Wishes are my most favorite shows on YouTube

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you, Tony!

  15. Michele on April 23, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Thank you both.

  16. Ken on April 25, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I’m sorry but the man has a freakishly small spoon!

  17. Steven on April 25, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I used to watch him but honestly, after a while, I found him to be such a jerk in his comments to his viewers. This is really off-putting to me. People–who have no cooking experience, who know pretty much nothing about cooking–would ask a basic question and he will give a really snotty answer.

    Have you ever met someone who says things like, “Man, you suck. Just kidding!” You know, someone who always puts in a dig but then says “just kidding” at the end. He’s like that.

    His cooking videos are great, though.

  18. Stephanie M on April 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    This was amazing to listen to! I am a huge fan of Chef John, and because of him, my husband is convinced I’m a great cook (haaa!). It was so nice to get to know more about him.

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, Stephanie! John is a fun person to interview ?

  19. Janie on May 1, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Love Chef John. I’ve learned so much from his videos. Thanks for this podcast.
    Love your voice too Hilah.

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks, Janie!

  20. Gi on May 7, 2017 at 2:43 am

    I was wondering if is there a way to download the “music” track of the podcast? I use to listen to podcasts on my way to school on the train with my old mp3 player, so no soundcloud or iTunes on it 😀 Hope to have an answer! (:

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Yes! Hi Gi! Yes you can download from this page. On the podcast player, at the bottom there are three little dots. Click that and a ‘download’ option will pop up.

  21. Thomas W Drury on June 27, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Hilah! This was such a delightful podcast. Hilah Cooking and Food Wishes are two of my favorite cooking shows!
    If you haven’t already thought of it … I think it’d be amazing if you got YouTubers Maangchi [from Maangchi] or Pai [from Pailin’s Kitchen] on one of these! They seem like they’d be super fun and interesting to listen to since they are both Asian-born and live in North America now.

    • Hilah on July 11, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Hi Tom!

      I’m SO glad you enjoyed this podcast! John is such a fun guy. I will be interviewing Maangchi for sure! Hoping to get out to NYC in September to do it in-person. I will look up Pailin’s channel, too. Haven’t seen that one.

      Thanks for writing!

  22. James D Rudow on August 18, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    This is a a great podcast. I love Chef John.

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