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David Chang Wishes He Was Normal

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Sep 14, 2020

For David Chang, every restaurant he opens feels like life or death. That mentality is a major reason why he’s one of the biggest figures in the restaurant world today. He combines highbrow and lowbrow, mashing cuisines together to create dishes that aren’t fusions — they’re collisions. If you know him from TV, you probably think of him as an affable, goofy guy who loves to eat. But in this conversation and in his new memoir, Eat A Peach, he opens up about his decades-long struggles with anger and depression, his relationship with his father, and the role it’s all played in his success.

This episode contains explicit language, and references to suicide. If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or behavior, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

Audio excerpts courtesy Penguin Random House Audio from Eat a Peach, read by the author David Chang.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Bezek.

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