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All Sides Weekend: Chefs In The City

Assorted food on plates.
Victoria Shes

A few short decades ago, you could count on two hands the ranks of international or world cuisine restaurants in Columbus. Steakhouses and sameness ruled the day.

Since the 1990s, everything has changed. Columbus has expanded its culinary horizons from Midwestern meat and potatoes to a lively and growing array of ethnic cuisines from Somalia, Ethiopia, Peru, El Salvador, Japan, and even Tibet.

The surge reflects a growing and vital community of new Americans in central Ohio, one that has returned vibrancy to different stretches of the city.

All Sides with Ann Fisher Weekend: Chefs In The City looks at the world of world cuisine in central Ohio.


  • Steve Stover, cooking teacher, WOSU restaurant reviewer and food blogger
  • Rich Terapak Sr., cooking teacher, WOSU restaurant reviewer and food blogger
  • Nasir Latif, long-time owner of Lavash Café and former owner of Firdous Cafe
  • Mike Wu, owner of Xi Xia Western Chinese Cuisine

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