Yes, I know it’s self serving, but I have to promote my other show: Ira’s Everything Bagel, where intriguing people talk about their passions, pursuits, and points of view. It debuts today on its own website (https://iraseverythingbagel.com), as well as on Apple Podcasts and other platforms.
As I quote myself, “This podcast is dedicated, in spite of its whimsical name, to interesting people who have a commitment to either their art, business, or ideas. Some of these people may live in Las Vegas, but the focus is on the larger world.”
The first guest on the show is Sonia El-Nawal, chef-owner of Rooster Boy Cafe at Desert Shores Las Vegas and Bodega Bagel at the Vegas Test Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas. El-Nawal has been climbing the restaurant industry’s ladder for nearly 35 years and working with its top chefs and restaurants, including Nobu, BONDST, Lafayette, Masa’s, Jojo’s, APT, and Theo.
Chef Sonia talks about her global culinary background; looking for a unique New York or Los Angeles experience when she moved to Las Vegas, and recreating it herself; why she decided to make bagels a big part of her career now; the secret of her popular bagels; the one trait she found among the great chefs she worked with; her biggest surprise order; the new concept of the Downtown Test Kitchen; and the future (which includes a short break!)
Give it a listen!