Thoughts on Rice From a James Beard Nominated Chef on The Rice Stuff

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Listen up to this conversation with Chef Hari Cameron, great friend to U.S.-grown rice
Oct 12, 2021
ARLINGTON, VA – The Rice Stuff podcast has played host to experts from many fields – farming, rice breeding, conservation, policy, marketing, and more.  A culinary expert joins the podcast for Episode 31, “Sitting Down with Chef Hari Cameron.”

“The one thing we all do is eat,” said USA Rice vice president of communications and domestic promotion and show co-host Michael Klein.  “And whether we’re cooking for ourselves, going out to a fine dining restaurant, or ordering into a speaker, there’s a lot that goes into putting food on a plate.  USA Rice has worked with Chef Hari Cameron for several years as he’s developed recipes for us and served as an amazing uncompensated ambassador for the U.S. rice industry.  It was a privilege to have him on the podcast to hear how the mind of a chef works.”

Chef Hari explained how he develops recipes, both for fine dining and comfort food, talked about how to effectively communicate with chefs, what makes restaurants successful, and revealed his plans for a new educational and community project that will connect people with their food.

He also shared the tools he thinks every home cook and professional chef needs to have and what he thinks about reality cooking television.

“Chef Hari has had so much success in a very tough business and through the pandemic that hit foodservice so hard, I think we’re fortunate to consider him a great friend to the rice industry and we’re happy he took time out to join us for the podcast,” Klein said.

You can find Chef Hari on Instagram where his current top post is a rice recipe he talked about on the podcast.  He sold his fine dining restaurant before the pandemic, but his casual restaurant, Grandpa (Mac), is online @_grandpa_mac and in person in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

New episodes of The Rice Stuff are published on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month and can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.