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Celebrated Chef Talks Booming Tampa Food Scene

Chef Greg Baker
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 The Seminole Heights neighborhood, once dotted with car repair shops, has become a key player in the growth of Tampa's culinary and craft beer scene.

Greg Baker has been at the forefront of the transformation in the now-trendy historic neighborhood. And he recently brought an additional boost of national attention to the area by receiving his fifth nomination for a James Beard Award, the Grammys of the food business.

Baker is the chef and co-owner of The Refinery and Fodder and Shine on Seminole Heights main strip of Florida Avenue. When he first opened The Refinery, an experimental food laboratory of sorts where the menu changes each day, no one in the are was doing anything like it.

WUSF's Lisa Peakes sat down with Baker to discuss his personal cooking philosophy and the unique personality of the Seminole Heights food and drink landscape.

In the video below, Baker talks about what makes a good food scene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMbOi34zNpg&feature=youtu.be

Almost every day, I come before the microphone with the same enthusiasm as the Dani Rojas character in the “Ted Lasso” television series. I do 100 pushups, take some laps around the house, thank my supervisors and audience for giving me the opportunity to do what I love, bellow “Radio is liiiife” from the back steps, and bound back to my garret and get to work.
Roberto Roldan is a senior at the University of South Florida pursuing a degree in mass communications and a minor in international studies.
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