Guess what? We have a cookbook coming out really soon, as you may have heard by now. It's called MUNCHIES: Late-Night Meals from the World's Best Chefs, and it's a gluttonous ode to all of the amazing food, fun, and debauchery you've seen on our series Chef's Night Out.
For this very special one-hour episode of MUNCHIES: The Podcast, our editor-in-chief, Helen Hollyman, who co-authored the book, sits down with Chris Grosso, executive producer of MUNCHIES and VICELAND, for a behind-the-scenes look at VICE's hit show Chef's Night Out and how it inspired a cookbook.
Their conversation begins with an origin story of MUNCHIES itself, with Chris narrating how it all began with a late night tailing David Chang. Chef's Night Out has now made over 200 episodes showing chef's at their best: partying late-night and eating all of their favorite dishes (and, uh, drinking, too) at their most beloved haunts. Chris Grosso and his crack team have traveled the world documenting how chefs eat after work, so who better to take us behind the scenes and reveal the wild moments that couldn't make the cut?
"Chefs get murdered with food," Grosso tells us. "If you're a chef, and you go out, you're going to your friend's restaurant. And they're going to send you the entire menu because you only get to eat there once in a while, and the whole time, they just keep saying, 'Fuck you, fuck you.'"
Among many other things, Chris and Helen discuss episodes that went completely off the rails, the best chefs to party with, and his personal favorite hangover cure. It's an episode packed with insider knowledge and wild stories that can only come from behind the lens.