WTF Podcast

Episode 378 - Scott Conant

Scott Conant is an executive chef, a restaurateur and featured judge on one of Marc’s favorite shows, Chopped. Scott invintes Marc into his restuarant to talk about putting every bit of himself on the line as a chef, not unlike stand-up comics. And he makes Marc some killer spaghetti. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.


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Kristen April 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Awesome! This was such a treat as a fellow Chopped/Food Network junkie. Scott seemed honest and fun to talk to. I’m really looking forward to seeing Maron as a Chopped All Stars judge next Sunday!

Rob April 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm

These are the episodes I really love. I’ve never watched Chopped but Scott was an entertaining guest and loved hearing Marc engage with someone in a different field.

Was it just me, or were there some weird reverb/peaking during parts of the interview (especially during big laughs)?  No big deal, still enjoyed it and it made me really hungry for some of that pasta.

rob April 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

This was great. Would love to see more chefs on the show.

Gerrit April 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

Hm. It’s only a small part of the interview, but I recommend taking anything he says about his time in Germany with a grain of salt or two. For a start, if you can’t find beer you like in Bavaria, you are not only not looking hard enough, you are being wilfully ignorant. Beer runs to the Czech Republic? A 2-3 hour car ride each way to buy beer that was Germany’s best-selling imported beer even before the end of Communism? Color me sceptical. And his interactions with the natives (as it were) don’t sound much more believable. He didn’t have a good time? Sure, it happens, but it’s not particularly surprising seeing as he didn’t want to be in Germany to begin with. Again, fine, but don’t badmouth the place 20 years after the fact.

Chris April 18, 2013 at 6:06 am

Gerrit- I had the same thought. Lived in Bavaria, Germany for three years in late 90s and the people were awesome. Never ran into anti-semitism or any if that. The people were awesome.

Enjoyed the interview regardless.

Mike@WTFDiego April 22, 2013 at 12:08 am

Congrats to Scott for winning this round of Chopped All-Stars tonight.

Michael April 23, 2013 at 12:32 am

Great interview man, you have such a unique way with connecting with your guests. Always a good time listening to your show!

smitty April 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

no such thing as a “great piece of veal”.  meat eating is toxic and unnecessary. meat production is destroying our enviornment. resource consumption, and methane gas release is fuckng us all up. don’t call yourself a progressive or a liberal,if you think that eating the flesh of another sentient being is cool…..even if you don’t care about the animals, or you health,think about what industrial farming is dong to the planet. it’s neither ecologically nor financially sustainable.

Arabrabra April 24, 2013 at 11:15 am

I love Scott. He is my favorite judge on Chopped. I don’t listen to many WTFs…I won’t say why because I am not a troll, but this was really entertaining. I wish Marc had pulled a Rogan. Could have listened to three hours! Plus another hour of cooking!!! PS Smitty, get off your high horse. Agree with the industrialized portion of your comment, but stating animal consumption is toxic and unnecessary shows you are just another uneducated hipster douche giving true vegetarians’ a BAD NAME. Read a book, idiot. Also, I retract my earlier “ I am not a troll” comment.

smitty April 25, 2013 at 9:52 am

Arabrabra-  well, thank you and fuck you. you don’t have to agree with all i say,but you make no compelling case, for the part that you disagree with.  P.S.  i wouldn’t know a hipster, from some cherry picking half wit on a WTF message board.  look at the blood chemistry and life span of cultures that don’t eat meat, eat minimal meat,or eat fish. i’m not a fucking fundamentalist,but facts are facts. and yes i do read,so don’t be such an ad-hominem clown.

rakish June 20, 2013 at 2:21 am

At parts of this interview, a beautiful drama unfolds in my imagination as I listen to MM interview SC.  MM is very aware of and comfortable with the emotional and mental reactions that make us all eternally 5 years old.  Such a clear exposure of “adulthood” really creates a space for intimacy and authenticity.  But not all guests want to go there on WTF.  So MM is sometimes kinda seducing his guests into a therapeutic frame and it makes for a warm and entertaining sub-dialogue.  And probably all my projection. 

Anyway, what I really want to express is my ethical discomfort with high end chef-ery.  Because comedy is on cable and poor people have cable and because before TV comedy clubs were in urban non-classy locales, comedy is NOT associated with high end consumption.  But elite chef-ery clearly is.  SC caters to privilege, as well as Excellence.  I dearly respect his commitment to Excellence.  I would have brought up his commitment to Privilege as well.