This Bites: Chef of the Year, and the James Beard Awards

The culinary podcast featuring 88Nine’s Tarik Moody and MilMag’s Ann Christenson talking about all things dining-related.

Listen to my co-host Tarik Moody and I talk about what we always talk about ‒ food and anything related to it ‒ on this installment of This Bites (on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee).

We start with a little promo of “Chef of the Year,” the March cover story for Milwaukee Magazine.

Sanford chef-owner Justin Aprahamian is the magazine’s very first Chef of the Year, and Tarik and I discuss how Aprahamian earned the title and a few of the more surprising things I learned about him when I was researching the story.

Among the Sanford owner’s achievements is picking up the Best Chef: Midwest award from the James Beard Association in 2014. In late February, the Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for the 2019 awards, and Tarik and I talk through some of those nominees, which include several Milwaukee names. A few of them (like Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge) are first-time nominees. Such a fascinating topic, and we’ll revisit it when the finalists are announced on March 27.

Listen to “March 1st – Chef of the Year, Wisconsin connections at this year’s James Beard Awards, and a Snack Boys Hotel Madrid cookout collab!” on Spreaker.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.