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Meet Benjamin Getz of The Atlanta Foodcast

Today we’d like to introduce you to Benjamin Getz.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I may over-index in the number of podcasts I consume — making me a real dream for anyone producing a show from NPR or Gimlet. Being that my poison is typically that of the food podcast variety, I was hoping to do a quick search in Apple Podcasts and find someone already producing The Atlanta Foodcast. I wanted to hear the in-depth story of how chefs and business owners got their start and what they are up to today. There is plenty you could read about, but I wanted to hear their voice, their excitement, and their take in their own words.

Lo and behold, there was no podcast to be found. Thusly, I created The Atlanta Foodcast with the hopes of creating what I had hoped was a creation, lightyears ahead of where I was. Initially, I set out to interview the people I knew the best — close friends in the industry. I toiled over 5-6 episodes of the show and worked my way through painstakingly editing the show until I created some resonance and themes.

Once March 2018 rolled around, I finally had enough content to kick off season 1 of the show. Shortly after releasing the first three episodes, the inquiries started to flood in.

Before I could take a breather, I had every weekend booked with 2-3 interviews with a bed of content to edit into full episodes. In late April, The Atlanta Foodcast became a weekly show with a new episode out every Monday morning. Now, the podcast has rolled over the 20 episode mark and the first season will run through early November.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Ha! I’d love to say “sure!” Though, it has definitely been a steep learning curve in some places. I never had any formal training in podcasting or broadcast. Stumbling through editing and learning equipment, syndication, publishing, and so on was definitely trial and error. I want to say my first episode took me 10 hours to fully edit!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
The Atlanta Foodcast is a food podcast based in Atlanta, GA. The show is a platform for local chefs, culinary entrepreneurs, and people who are making Atlanta the greatest city for eaters — where they can tell their stories, how they got their start, where they have experienced trial, success, and so on.

I’m the most proud of the content. It speaks for itself. From the outset, I wanted this show to be a gift back to the chefs and Atlanta and there is no question that these stories are wonderful and full of truth.

What were you like growing up?
Oh, boy. I was a suuuuuper picky kid. Growing up the child of two chefs, you’d expect I’d have a highly-refined palate — but no. I was pretty plain when it came to eating until I went to college. I’ve always been gregarious and rather extroverted. I never meet a stranger. Been that way since I was a little guy.

I always had an interest in bread and baking. My mom started her career as a pastry chef and I always found baking fascinating. I also had a huge interest in music growing up and played music from a very early age.

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