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June 21, 2024
This Is TASTE 421: Charleston Isn’t Ordinary with Mike Lata

Mike Lata is chef and co-owner of the restaurants FIG and The Ordinary in Charleston, South Carolina, and one of the most respected voices in Southern cooking. It was really exciting to have Mike into our studio to talk about his journey to opening FIG more than 20 years ago and how he defines Southern cuisine in 2024. It’s so great catching up with Mike, and we hope you enjoy this conversation.

Also on the show it’s the return of three things, where Aliza and Matt talk about three things that gets them excited. On this episode: Jim Meehan’s new book, The Bartender’s Pantry, the new modern Korean diner Kisa in NYC, the amazing pizza at Chicago’s Milly’s Pizza in the Pan, the summer of granita, hop water is getting even better with St. Elmo and others, and horseshoe crab festival was incredible.

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Matt Rodbard

Matt Rodbard is the editor in chief of TASTE and author of Koreatown: A Cookbook, a New York Times best-seller, and Food IQ: 100 Questions, Answers, and Recipes to Raise Your Cooking Smarts.