A local baker once described Michel Richard as the center of the community of chefs in the D.C. region. Richard, who died this past weekend, rose to international fame while he operated restaurants in the District – putting the city’s culinary culture on the global stage alongside him. Kojo reflects on Richard’s local legacy and his unique contributions to the fabric of modern Washington.


  • Todd Kliman Author and Journalist; Former Food and Wine Editor, "Washingtonian" magazine
  • Mark Bucher Founder and Co-owner, BGR The Burger Joint; Owner, Medium Rare
  • Fabio Trabocchi Chef, Owner, Fiola, Fiola Mare,

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