180: Caitlin Zaino: A Lady Who Cooks Up Delights With Her Passion For Food

Welcome to the Steve Jobs based Join Up Dots Free Podcast Interview with Caitlin Zaino. 

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Caitlin-ZainoTodays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast is Caitlin Zaino, a lady who from an air conditioned hotel room in Nicaragua found her path to a future that delights her, inspires her and probably makes her struggle to keep the weight off too.

Whilst whiling away the days watching the Food Network on television, she came up with a plan that would combine her passion for foods with her delight in travel…she would become the Urban Grocer.

Traveling the world she would seek out the kind of exotic foods that each country produces and weave it into a spunky informative and fun tv programme.

But if you think that her history is one that is linked with the media and her delight in discovering and talking about amazing foods, then think again.

Way back in 2004, she worked in a restaurant in Boston prepping hot and cold first courses during and before service, but then amazingly left and became a script writer for the Russian Premier Mikhail Gorbachev.

Yeah really, how the hell did that happen?

I can’t begin to imagine, but straight after that Caitlin Zaino jumped back into the food game, and hosted a Food Radio Programme in Switzerland called “Caitlin’s Kitchen”.

Getting the idea??

This is one of those shows where the dots of her life are quite difficult to tie up, but it seems true to say that even as a small child, working away in her mothers kitchen, she learnt to appreciate the delights of what we can place on our dinner plates.

And that has carried throughout her adult life.

And now with her latest venture, Porter and Sail, she is combining her love of food, and travel, with her passion for helping the discerning travellers to find the best of what is out there.

The hidden gems, that can help us all be world savvy diners.

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Caitlin Zaino

Show Highlights

During the episode we discussed such weighty topics with Caitlin Zaino such as:

How the vibrancy of the Italian American kitchen was the hub of family life in her childhood, and inspired her to move forwards into a career that savours food, and builds a whole sociability into eating.

Why she decided that she would work for two weeks in a kitchen in Cambridge without getting paid, and thinks it is a great way to overcome the gatekeeper and create opportunities for yourself!

How she actually answered every question in an interview for the Russian Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, without him saying a word!

Why Jamie Oliver has inspired her to start food and cooking to the masses, in a style all of her own

And lastly…..

How she came to be an actual Baroness, but doesn’t tell anyone….although her sister does a great of job of doing just that!

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