Food Rx: Seamus Mullen's Struggles and Triumphs with Food and Health

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we're holding Health Month here on the JBF blog. Below, JBF Award–nominated chef Seamus Mullen shares his own complicated history with food and its impact on his well-being. Mullen will also be co-creating the menu for our 2014 JBF Leadership Awards dinner on October 27... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Seamus Mullen

Seamus Mullen on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis welcomed Seamus Mullen, the chef/owner of New York City’s acclaimed Tertulia, for a discussion of food, wine, and Spanish culture. Seamus, a former finalist on The Next Iron Chef, discussed his rural Vermont upbringing and how it taught him to value agriculture, how he was inspired by travels through Spain, the unique dynamics within various food cultures, his health-focused cookbook, Hero Food, and more. Take a listen below:

 

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Q & A with Seamus Mullen of Tertulia

Seamus Mullen of Tertulia, interviewed by the James Beard Foundation

 
 

A Vermont-raised chef may not be the likeliest candidate to serve the most sought-after tapas in New York City, but ever since Seamus Mullen and his slow-grilled turbot scored a rave from the Times, it’s been nearly impossible to score a seat at his restaurant, Tertulia. If you have eaten there, you know why it’s nominated for a Best New Restaurant award. Read on to see what Mullen told us about the lessons he learned while cooking in Spain, the challenges of cooking authentic Spanish cuisine in America, and where he likes to nosh on his days off. 

 
 
JBF: What’s the story behind the name Tertulia?
 
SM: In Spanish a tertulia translates to a chat or a get-together. It's usually accompanied by wine and, inevitably, food. When I was in college studying Spanish literature, we had a weekly tertulia at my

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