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We are joined by Pete Candia, the esteemed food and drink editor at NJ Digest, while surrounded by the cozy ambiance of Osteria Crescendo. Join us as we embark on Pete's inspiring journey – from a discerning eater to a triumphant graduate of culinary school, all while navigating the challenges posed by a progressive muscle wasting disease.
Pete's culinary passion was ignited by the charisma of Emeril Lagasse on television, setting him on a path that led from culinary school to a prominent role in food writing. Discover the captivating narrative of Pete's transition from the bustling kitchen to his current influential position as the food and drink editor at NJ Digest. Delve into the heart of New Jersey's diverse culinary landscape as Pete shares his personal favorites and hidden gems. From the mouthwatering meatballs and hot vinegar chicken dish at Nettie's House of Spaghetti in Falls to the innovative and intriguing Lita, Heirloom Kitchen, and lovesick located in South Jersey.
Drawing upon his extensive experience both in the front and back of the house, Pete offers a unique perspective on restaurant reviews, focusing on positive and uplifting stories rather than negative critiques. Explore Pete's creative ingenuity, including a whimsical April Fools' piece featuring the fictional Vesuvio restaurant from "The Sopranos." Join us in celebrating Pete's unwavering dedication to his culinary passions and his remarkable resilience in the face of adversity.
As Mike and Pete conclude their enlightening conversation, get a sneak peek of the enticing topics and discussions that await in future episodes. From tantalizing tales of gastronomy to explorations of New Jersey's rich culinary heritage, "Greetings From the Garden State" promises to be your guide to the diverse flavors and stories that define this remarkable state.
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