For this week’s podcast, we sit down with Mina Stone, the chef, cookbook author and restauranteur who mashes up fashion and art, with food. What could be better? Mina got her start working in fashion and at our friend Claude’s legendary magazine, Trace, and on the podcast, Mina discusses her early years, and how fashion turned to food when she was introduced to New York City’s art world. She tells us all about her first big gigs, what fueled her confidence, and the blind faith of youth that proved to be life-changing for her. We also talk about the early influences of home-cooked food and her Greek heritage on her cooking, her years of cooking for artists (and the title of her first cookbook) and how artists approach, perceive, value, and enjoy food. We get granular with Urs Fischer’s cuisine deep-dives, discuss the discovery of a list of Elizabeth Peyton’s loves and hates (tzatziki, yes; mesclun greens, no). And Mina recounts the details and impact of her work in recent years, working with and telling stories of food through the artists of MoMA PS1. She shares what she’s learned through her restaurant there, what she likes to wear in the kitchen, and her latest obsession with Caribbean culture and flavors. We get into the importance of color…in everything from food to her personal style, some tips and dishes for entertaining, and her brilliant list of favorite things.
"I find the most artists seek a sense of authenticity; that's what's allowed me to be good at my job. I could really tap into what I wanted to cook and felt good about."-Mina Stone
"I was around a lot of traditionsl food, not paying attention to it or appreciating it. But I realized how ingrained it was in me, as I got older." -Mina Stone