Love + Grit
FoodChasers’ Kitchen & Chef Hoon Rhee

FoodChasers’ Kitchen & Chef Hoon Rhee

August 18, 2022

We're taking you on a culinary journey with Dr. Maya, Dr. Kala Johnstone and Chef Hoon Rhee. Philly twins Dr. Maya and Dr. Kala began their careers as Philadelphia public school teachers, but soon felt the pull of their vision boards and decided to launch FoodChasers' Kitchen. Since opening in December 2021, they’ve cooked for memorable guests, including Salt-N-Pepa and Khelani, and were featured in a Pepsi commercial supporting Black-owned businesses. Philly born and bred, Chef Rhee was recently named executive chef at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He’s done it all in the culinary industry, working as a line and pastry chef, bartender, barista and everything in between in restaurants around the world, including Philly’s Lacroix at The Rittenhouse Hotel, Jean-Georges Philadelphia, Morimoto, The Modern, Masa, Daniel and others.  
 
The hosts also share their perfect Philly itineraries. 

Darrell Alston & Camille Bell

Darrell Alston & Camille Bell

August 4, 2022

Darrell Alston and Camille Bell are changing up the fashion and cosmetic industries respectively. Nationally recognized, Alston is the first Philadelphia brand designer to be carried in Footlocker with his company Bungee Oblečení. Bell is working to make everyone feel seen in the cosmetic world with her company Pound Cake. After seeing how a shade of lipstick on a model in a store looked different on her when she got home, she knew she needed to start creating inclusive makeup for all skin tones. 
 
Also, find out the hosts’ favorite places to watch movies outdoors (or indoors). 

Travis Wolfe, Jr. & Kareem Rosser

Travis Wolfe, Jr. & Kareem Rosser

July 21, 2022

Philly is a city of champions, two of them being Travis Wolfe, Jr. and Kareem Rosser. Wolfe is a 16-year-old actor who’s been a show business veteran for a decade, starring in shows like Neighborhood and Grown-ish and most recently CBS’s Bob ❤️ Abishola. Next up, as an interscholastic polo champion, Rosser is everywhere including playing a major role in the inaugural Philadelphia Polo Classic. His biggest goal is to connect the two worlds of an elite sport to everyday folks in Philly.  
 
Also, find out which concerts in Philly our hosts are most excited for this summer! 

Tiny Room for Elephants & Eric ”Bus Driver Doo” Lilley

Tiny Room for Elephants & Eric ”Bus Driver Doo” Lilley

July 7, 2022

Yaya Horne, Damion Ward and Eric “Bus Driver Doo” Lilley are showing off Philly in different ways, but spreading the love as they do. Horne and Ward, co-founders of Tiny Room for Elephants, discuss how their month-long festival fuses the work of artists and musicians committed to creating unexpected works. The inspiration for this year's festival is "'made with love and inspired by grit.” We like the sound of that! Next up is Lilley, a SEPTA bus driver who made a big impression on social media by sharing interesting stories from his routes. Over the years, he's watched passengers try to fit a mattress on his bus and doled out plenty of advice on how to be a good passenger. 

 

Also, find out our hosts' favorite LGBTQIA+ business/spot in town!

Brandi Nicole & Brannon Johnson

Brandi Nicole & Brannon Johnson

June 23, 2022

Brandi Nicole and Brannon Johnson are two Philadelphians that know health and wellness! Nicole is the founder of Hike + Heal, which is so much more than hiking. With wellness retreats, healing circles, Nicole shows folks a way to find peace of mind in the City of Brotherly Love. Up next, we have Philly native Johnson, an elite accomplished athlete and head coach and owner of BLJ Community Rowing. A one of the most diverse community rowing programs in Philadelphia, Johnson is making sure the skill of rowing is available to all people of all backgrounds.


Also, find out what our hosts recommend to do in Philadelphia for July 4th weekend! Yes, it includes fireworks! 

Live from the Roots Picnic with Suzann Christine, Gregory Corbin and Aja Graydon

Live from the Roots Picnic with Suzann Christine, Gregory Corbin and Aja Graydon

June 13, 2022

Suzann Christine, Gregory Corbin and Aja Graydon test their Philly knowledge live at the Roots Picnic. How well do you know your Reading Terminal Market merchants? Remember when the first Roots Picnic took place? Corbin, community activist, poet and educator, joins Team Justin, and Graydon, the lady from Kindred the Family Soul, and Christine, R&B artist, join Team Rachel for a good time and a great history lesson moderated by Laiya.  

Pink Sweat$ & Dyana Williams

Pink Sweat$ & Dyana Williams

June 2, 2022

Pink Sweat$ and Dyana Williams represent the past, present and future of music. And that future is looking bright thanks to singer/ songwriter Pink Sweat$. Born and raised in West Philly, Sweat$ discusses how inspired he is by love—something that’s apparent on his newest album Pink Moon. Up next, Dyana Williams, the mother of Black Music Month, makes her return to Love + Grit. This time around, she talks about the importance of Black Music Month, how Black music has touched everyone in some way and what she’s been up to since her last podcast visit. 

Siddiq Moore & Sofia Deleon

Siddiq Moore & Sofia Deleon

May 19, 2022

Siddiq Moore and Sofia Deleon are getting us in the mood for summertime with all their talk about water ice and street food. Siddiq of the eponymously named Siddiq’s Water Ice gives us the scoop about his shop being a community hub and his journey to owning two stores. And Deleon talks about how she brought her favorite childhood eats to Philly via El Merkury, serving up lauded Central American street food, and about what’s next for her. 

Chef Kevin Cooper & DJ Diamond Kuts

Chef Kevin Cooper & DJ Diamond Kuts

May 5, 2022

Chef Kevin Cooper and DJ Diamond Kuts discuss the best of food and music. Chef Cooper is a three-time Food Network champion, winning ‘Guy’s Chance of a Lifetime,’ ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ and ‘Cooks vs. Cons.’ He’s also launched one of Philly’s newest culinary offerings Succulent Imagination, a one-on-one cooking class, and will own and operate a Chicken Guy, a concept from Guy Fieri. DJ Diamond Kuts is a Philly-native making people dance globally. From traveling and performing on some of the biggest stages, including the Roots Picnic and the Philadelphia Flower Show, to hosting the new Yo! MTV Raps! 

Larry Miller & Mykey Cooper

Larry Miller & Mykey Cooper

April 21, 2022

Two of Philly’s sons, Larry Miller and Mykey Cooper, take to the mic to share their stories of perseverance and hard work. Miller discusses his journey from juvenile offender to president of Nike’s Jordan Brand, and his controversial book, Jump: My Secret Journey from the Streets to the Boardroom. Next, Cooper breaks down how as a teenager, he balances major acting gigs and writing for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, all while keeping those grades up.