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Award-Winning Host & Creator of The Sporkful Podcast

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Dan Pashman: Biography at a Glance

  • Dan Pashman is the creator and host of the James Beard and Webby Award-winning podcast, The Sporkful.
  • He is also the creator and host of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and a contributor to NPR.
  • In 2021, Dan completed a three-year process of inventing and producing his first food product, a new pasta shape called cascatelli.
  • After chronicling the creation of cascatelli in a special Sporkful series called “Mission: ImPASTAble,” the pasta went viral and the first batch sold out in hours. It is now available in restaurants and retailers nationwide, including Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. 
  • In 2019, Dan embarked on a US tour, taping his podcast live in front of sold-out crowds across the country.
  • Based on his experiences as an inventor and entrepreneur, Dan shares with audiences how to use storytelling effectively in your work and how to foster creativity and innovation to overcome perceived limitations.

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Biography

Dan Pashman is the creator and host of the James Beard and Webby Award-winning podcast The Sporkful. Although it is the #1 food podcast in America, Dan clarifies that it is not for foodies, it's for eaters. On The Sporkful, Dan uses humor and humanity to approach food from many angles, covering science, history, identity, culture, economics, and more.

In 2021, Dan launched his first food product - a new pasta shape called cascatelli. He chronicled the three-year process of inventing it in a special Sporkful series called “Mission: ImPASTAble.” Both the series and pasta went viral, and the first batch of pasta sold out in hours. An instant success, the pasta can now be found in restaurants and retailers nationwide, including Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.

In 2019, Dan embarked on a US tour, taping his podcast live in front of sold-out crowds across the country.

Dan is also the creator and host of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and a contributor to NPR. He has appeared on CBS This MorningThe Today ShowMorning EditionGuy's Grocery GamesWTF with Marc MaronFreakonomics RadioBeat Bobby FlayRadiolab, and many more.

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When Webby and James Beard Award winner Dan Pashman told his wife he was setting out to invent a new pasta shape, actually get it made, and actually sell it, she responded: “I can't even think of a shape that doesn't already exist.” Most pasta pros told him he was wasting his time. Over the next three years Dan overcame doubts, design setbacks, manufacturing problems, supply chain issues, and the struggle to find the right partners. In 2021, he launched his new pasta shape -- “cascatelli” -- and shared the story of his three year quest in a series on his podcast, The Sporkful. The series and the pasta went viral, getting featured everywhere from The New York Times and NPR, to CBS This Morning and People Magazine, to Sarah Jessica Parker’s Instagram feed. Now cascatelli can be found in grocery stores and restaurants across the country for years to come.

In this fun and energetic talk Dan will walk you through the story of creating his viral pasta sensation, covering how to use storytelling effectively in your own work, and how to foster creativity and innovation within your audience. Plus he’ll bring boxes of his pasta to share!

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