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Central Florida Food Trends, Culture, Identity and Durian Tastings with WMFE’s Matthew Peddie

A few years ago in 2015, I first worked with Matthew Peddie for a special WMFE series called Little Vietnam in Orlando – it was a fun program, commemorating the Vietnamese American community in 40 years since the fall of Saigon – one of the first if not only series on this subject.

This past week Chef, culinary educator and Food Network star Emily Ellyn; Global Cooking School CEO and founder Hari Pulapaka; myself, Tasty Chomps food and restaurant blog publisher Ricky Ly; and Orlando Weekly restaurant critic Faiyaz Kara joined WMFE’s Matthew Peddie on the show Intersection for a conversation about what makes the culinary scene here unique, and the latest food trends in Central Florida.

It was a bittersweet and slightly pungent outing, as this was Matt’s last episode of Intersection with WMFE – he is joining WUSF’s Florida Matters show as host, a show about tough issues, highlights little-known stories from our part of the world, and provides a greater perspective of what it means to live in the Sunshine State, and so finally after many years of twitter back and forths – we finally had our durian tasting with Matt at the station and bid our farewells to Matt.

Faiyaz brought the goods and we brought the taste buds – it was a fun time had by all, though we did have to make sure to sanitize thoroughly afterwards to avoid offensive after smells. I think we may need to make #durianforall a real thing – maybe a durian tasting challenge for Orlando’s restaurants is in the foreseeable future? Let us know your thoughts!

Wishing Matthew Peddie all the best on his new endeavors!!!

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