Welcome to Traverse: A Huckberry podcast. Hosted by award-winning photographer Chris Burkard and ecologist Charles Post, this series explores the stories of people who have committed themselves to living an unconventional life of adventure. From a former Navy SEAL to a legendary chef, we’ll feature a new guest every episode and dig into the blueprints of their unexpected lives, find out what motivates them, and uncover a ton of actionable inspiration. Because there’s always a new adventure around the corner—and the world is still full of corners.
Brad Leone shot to fame thanks to the success of Bon Appétit’s "It's Alive" video series—where he started out as a glorified dishwasher in the test kitchen, then quickly won audiences over with his larger-than-life personality. In this episode, we hear how Brad got to where he is today: from just barely graduating high school, to working as a ski lift operator, carpenter, and plenty of low-level restaurant gigs. After attending the Institute of Culinary Education he joined Bon Appétit’s test kitchen, and the rest is history. We’ll hear his thoughts on taking risks, life in front of the camera, and just how scary it is to spearfish off the coast of Rhode Island.