You learn something new about your colleagues every day. Though we already knew executive editor Hunter Lewis could plate a story with the agility of an experienced chef, we learned of his past–the years he spent in blazing New York kitchens–from his episode of The Authentic South Podcast.
“I thought I was going to be fired every day,” Hunter tells Tanner Latham of the Authentic South Podcast in “Episode 19: Southern Living‘s Hunter Lewis.” And that was after spending a month working for free.
But for all the kvetching Hunter could have done, he doubled-down on his newfound passion. On the day he almost threw in the apron, he took a page out of Harry Belafonte’s book and walked out to the Hudson River for some serious soul-searching. What he found there was cooking. He returned from the riverbank committed to the back of house. Still, his heartstrings were always tugged by two passions: writing and cooking. We here at Southern Living remained thrilled that he melded the two and became one of the country’s top food writers and a cornerstone of our magazine.
Tanner Latham offers a wonderful interview with Hunter on his podcast, covering the editor’s trip from Manhattan to the Magic City, the massive #SouthernFoodNow spread in June’s issue of Southern Living, and the differences between cooking and writing.