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The Man Who Lives on Pizza Alone Is Still Very Much Alive

Munchies is our wide-eyed answer to the glut of sleepy TV food shows. We're plying our favorite chefs with food, drink, and questions, and then scouring their kitchens for late-night snacks.

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  • The Man Who Lives on Pizza Alone Is Still Very Much Alive

    A few months ago, a guy named Dan Janssen made international headlines after we interviewed him about his 25-year pizza diet. We recently spent a few days with Dan to explore where the self-proclaimed “King of Pizza” finds the perfect slice.

  • Callie Speer

    For our first foray into Lone Star State dining, we chose pastry chef Callie Speer of Swift's Attic in Austin, Texas. After a long shift of doling out desserts with names like "Popcorn and a Movie" and "The Randy Watson," she grabbed her crew and headed out for a night on the tow…

  • Seamus Mullen

    Seamus Mullen is a James Beard nominated chef and owner of Tertulia, a Spanish restaurant located in Manhattan’s West Village. We dropped in to pay him a visit, but Seamus was busy breaking down an entire lamb, so we watched him cut up some organs while he discussed the finer poi…

  • Jeepney

    Miguel Trinidad, Nicole Ponseca, and Tomas De Los Reyes own Jeepney, a Filipino restaurant in NYC. They made us an epic Kamayan feast, and gave us a hangover we will never forget.

  • Jackson Boxer

    Jackson Boxer runs Brunswick House, a grand Georgian townhouse that was previously home to squat raves and rubble before he transformed it into one of South London's destination restaurants.

  • Lee Tiernan

    Lee Tiernan is head chef of St. John Bread & Wine, East London's little sister to the world-famous St. John Bar & Restaurant. He made us pig's head blood cakes, ox-heart and Sriracha bagels, and nearly got us set on fire.

  • Whoopi Goldburger

    W.P. Gold Burger, a.k.a. Whoopi Goldburger, is a no-nonsense burger joint in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. It was founded by Shogo and Taiji, who have been buddies since grade school and are not actually fans of Ms. Goldberg's work.

  • Alexei Zimin

    All the stories you hear about Russians and drinking are true; anyone who says otherwise is a liar. And most of the stories you hear about chefs and drinking are true, too. With that in mind, Moscow's Alexei Zimin was everything we hoped a Russian chef would be.

  • Xemei

    The Best Place in Barcelona to Get Drunk and Forget About How Underpaid You Are

  • Josh Ozersky

    We first met food writer Josh Ozersky while filming our Michael White Munchies episode. Josh showed up to the shoot with a half-eaten sandwich and then proceeded to order some pasta before we headed to three more r…

  • Hopgood's Foodliner

    Situated in the middle of Toronto's Roncesvalles neighborhood—a historically Polish area that's now been gentrified—Hopgood's Foodliner imports the energy and flavor of Canadian Maritimes cuisine and chefs it up slightly. We took the Hopgood's crew out to one of their favorite re…

  • Drunk Chefs Made Us Ramen Burgers in Tokyo

    For VICE Japan's second Munchies episode we hung out with American-born ramen fanatic Keizo Shimamoto, head chef at renowned ramen joint Bassanova in Shindaita Station, Tokyo. Keizo and his fellow ramen obsessives Boom and Hiroshi took us on a whistle-stop walking tour of

  • Daniel Castaño

    When Colombians get together, they roll deep. So when we went to Bogotá to sample former Mario Batali-pupil Daniel Castaño's classical Italian fare at his restaurant, Emilia Romagna, we brought a big-ass bus to cart around the crew. And true to form, we filled the bus with a rowd…

  • Mexicali Taco & Co.

    For the second ever Munchies episode shot in LA, we chose the gentlemen from Mexicali Taco & Co., Esdras Ochoa and Javier Fragrosso. We wanted to do an episode on Mexicali because we stopped by there after a shoot a few months back and were blown away by how good the food

  • Andrew Zimmern

    You might know Andrew Zimmern from his Travel Channel show 'Bizarre Foods' in which he wolfs down unsightly things halfway across the world. Maybe you've wondered what eats when he's out with friends in New York. For this episode of 'Munchies,' Andrew chose to start at Osteria Mo…

  • Hatos Bar

    Our buddies from VICE Japan hung out with the crew from Hatos Bar in Tokyo's Naka-Meguro neighborhood. Hatos Bar serves up American-style pit barbecue at its best. Owners Sou Ieki and Dubrai showed us their favorite places to go out and then got wasted before cooking up some barb…

  • The Marrow

    Going into this episode, I thought that because of Harold's experience with filming, this was going to be a piece of cake, and he would drop everything to tell the camera about how his love of cooking evolved from an early age, and blah blah blah, etc., etc. Instead, for the firs…

  • Bar Isabel

    Grant van Gameren doesn't necessarily want to hear that Bar Isabel, his new restaurant in Toronto's Little Italy, is Spanish or Mediterranean, even though that's basically what it is. So what we can say without offending anyone is that it serves an amazing whole grilled octopus,

  • Walter's

    So you're an all-American boy, and you meet a potential sex partner who doesn't seem terrible on OkCupid. After the second date things are looking pretty decent, and now you need a not-too-expensive place to go for dinner and drinks that also has to be super casual so you can wea…

  • Craft

    James Tracey might be the coolest chef we have ever shot for 'Munchies.' We were shocked by how relaxed he is considering he's the executive chef at Craft and Colicchio & Sons. He likes his razor clams raw and his beer cold. He also likes Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, Motor City,…

  • Blue Hill

    This 'Munchies' episode is going to make whatever you eat today look like shit. It features chef Trevor Kunk of Blue Hill, one of the early bastions of farm-to-table cooking in New York City. The food Trevor and his team put out is revelatory: Their parsnip steak and salt-baked r…

  • Enrique Olvera

    Enrique is not afraid to mix ants with mayonnaise and coffee and put it all on ears of baby corn. The 14-course tasting menu at his restaurant, Pujol, is considered by many to be the finest in Mexico.

  • Joe Beef

    'Munchies' finally touches down in Montreal, the boozy, food-loving birthplace of VICE. Joe Beef co-owner David McMillan takes us on an insanely delicious food tour of the city that ends with a wood board covered in smoked meat. Enjoy.

  • Jonathan Benno

    Jonathan Benno is head chef of Lincoln Ristorante, a modern Italian restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Center. He's worked with Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Napa Valley and at New York’s Per Se. For this episode of 'Munchies,' Benno chose to visit chef Nick Kim, who tra…

  • Best Pizza

    How cool would it be if pizza delivery guys wore capes? Bill Meier, who delivers pies for Williamsburg's Best Pizza, is thinking of rocking one as he bikes around town, and we couldn't support him more. In this episode of 'Munchies,' we follow Bill and Best Pizza's owner, Frank P…

  • Guu Izakaya

    Toronto's Guu Izakaya is a rare restaurant for a few reasons. It's the only place we know of where the staff happily shouts at you as soon as you enter the door. It's also one of the few Japanese spots in the city that's actually run by Japanese people.

  • The Black Hoof

    Headed up by mastermind Jen Agg and her chef de cuisine, Brandon Olson, Toronto's The Black Hoof is known for its giant charcuterie boards, tuna with sweetbreads, horse tartare, and foie gras with Nutella.

  • The Meatball Shop

    Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow are two meatballs from Manhattan who love meatball subs. In this episode of 'Munchies' we do what we always do with our rising-star chefs: check out their food, go out and get them drunk, and then come back to their restaurant and make them cook…

  • Emma Hearst

    In this episode of Munchies we follow Emma Hearst of Sorella and her business partner Sarah Krathen along with pastry chef Yarisis Jacobo to Mesa Coyoacan in Williamsburg for enough tequila to kill a burro. The night is capped off by a return to Sorella to feast on Yarisis's fabu…

  • Battersby

    The chef-owners of Battersby, Joe Ogrodnek and Walker Stern, take their jobs very seriously. They also take drinking Fernet Branca very seriously. In this episode of Munchies, these two gentlemen grabbed their sous chef Mike Sowa and headed to Henry Public and then Brooklyn Socia…