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CULT PERSONALITIES PODCAST: Food and cooking with Chef Gene Philbin of Peculiar Culinary Company

CULT PERSONALITIES PODCAST: Food and cooking with Chef Gene Philbin of Peculiar Culinary Company
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Cult Personalities is a brand new podcast dedicated to all the geeky, underrated, unusual, and offbeat movies, music, TV shows, books, comics, collectibles, beer, and more that we’re passionate about – basically anything that may have a cult following that influenced and shaped us into the irreverent weirdos that we are today.

Hosted by beer writer and blogger Derek Warren, former co-host of the Beer Geeks Radio Hour, and Rich Howells, founder and editor of NEPA Scene and co-host of the NEPA Scene Podcast, this weekly show is our way to geek out and share our passions with fellow nerds and nerf herders, discussing big franchises and obscure gems while sharing our honest opinions and personal stories in a fun and relatable way.

In Episode 3, we’re joined by our friend Chef Gene Philbin, owner of Peculiar Culinary Company in Hughestown near Pittston, to discuss food, cooking, and the media surrounding it.

First, we talk about “Cold in July” and Michael C. Hall, “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” The 69 Eyes’ new album “Universal Monsters,” Rob Zombie vs. John Carpenter, how “Cannibal Holocaust” scarred Gene and the poor animals that were harmed during the making of the movie, Ghost Rider’s recent appearance on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and keeping up with superhero movies and shows.

Then we get into food and why Gene wanted to become a chef, his experience studying at the Culinary Institute of America and how the college has changed over time, celebrity chefs and how the Food Network and Cooking Channel has shaped and changed the way we look at food, the TV cooking competition craze, his experience meeting Guy Fieri and competing on “Guy’s Grocery Games,” defending Fieri from his many critics, Netflix cooking shows and how they differ from network television, founding Peculiar Culinary Company and what makes his work so peculiar, becoming more adventurous with different types of meats and dishes, the effect that Yelp has had on the restaurant business, and more!

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