Season 3 Episode 7: Chef, Top Chef Canada Season 10 Runner-Up, and Global Citizen, Deseree Lo.
Chef Deseree’s (Dez) culinary journey started after working in the finance sector in New York City in the early 2000s before deciding to pursue a lifelong passion for cooking that had been simmering on the back burner for years. She came by it honestly – her culinary desire was instilled in her at an early age while growing up in a multigenerational family of talented home cooks in Taiwan and eating at night markets, and street stands with friends.
She returned to her roots, enrolled at the French Culinary Institute, and from there embarked on a decade-long career that saw her hone her skills and climb the culinary ladder at some top New York City restaurants, including La Grenouille, Oceana, and Locanda Verde. She moved to Vancouver, Canada, in 2016 and stepped into the role of Executive Sous Chef at CinCin Ristorante + Bar before joining the team at Old Bird as its opening chef in 2020 and then moving on to the role as executive chef and sales director at Fresh Ideas Start Here (FISH) during the pandemic. Chef Dez most recently competed on season 10 of Top Chef Canada and finished as runner-up. She is now the Head Chef at Blank Canvas Catering with the Joseph Richard Group.
Join us as we chat about growing up internationally, international schools, family, following your passions, dreaming big, age being just a number, cooking, food, guilty pleasures, culture, people, competition, and of course, Top Chef Canada Season 10!
Dez can be reached at:
#dreambig #globalliving #thirdculture #nyc #taipei #hongkong #vancouvercanada #canada #chef #topchefcanada #ageisjustanumber #cheflife #growingupglobal #dowhatyoulove #family #chosenfamily #taipeiamericanschool #cooking #followyourheart
Season 3 Episode 6: TCK, Father, Explorer, and Truck Driver, John McDermott.
Born in Louisiana and adopted soon after, John McDermott moved to Taipei, Taiwan, during his high school years. A graduate of Taipei American School and Evangel University, John was able to travel extensively while overseas, which started a lifelong passion for exploring new countries and places. Currently, a truck driver based out of Missouri, John enjoys spending time with his two children and continues to travel and explore.
Listen in as we talk about acclimating to new places, international living, international schools, traveling, exploring, family, fatherhood, returning “home,” and much more!
John can be reached at the following:
#thirdculturekid #expatlife #tck #internationalschools #taipeiamericanschool #home #travel #culture #adventure #life #trucker #moving #fatherhood #family
Season 3 Episode 5: Expat, Comedian, and Teacher, Daniel Nguyen-Phuoc.
Daniel Nguyen-Phuoc is a Vietnamese-American who grew up attending British schools in Indonesia. In his adult life, he’s lived in the United States, Switzerland, Malaysia, and Indonesia, and he currently lives in Poland. Daniel teaches English by day and performs stand-up comedy by night.
Listen in as we chat about expat life, cultures, stand-up comedy, career paths, traveling, family, mental health, podcasting, relationships, friendships, the definition of success, and much more!
Daniel can be reached at the following:
#expat #expatlife #traveler #globalnomad #comedy #comedian #stand-up #englishteacher #success #mentalhealth #family #home #culture #career path #life #podcast #benthere #Indonesia #Switzerland #Malaysia #UnitedStates #Poland
Season 3 Episode 4: Author, Coach, and Badass, Claire Hauxwell.
Claire Hauxwell is a professional badass, writer, author, and coach. A trained supply chain professional and ex-spreadsheet lover, she now puts her Type A personality to work by deconstructing the nuances of expat life. With more than a decade of global living experience, Claire shares her wisdom on her My Theory on Blooming blog and coaches female expat accompanying spouses to create fulfilling and intentional lives abroad. If she’s not roaming the aisles of the grocery store or meandering the forest with her dogs, you’ll find her sweating it out at CrossFit or having cocktails with friends. Claire and her family currently live in Switzerland, but every summer return to the shores of Muskegon, Michigan, for a taste of home.
Claire is also the author of the new book, “Badass Abroad-How To Get Your Expat Shift Together” and can be reached at the following:
Blog: My Theory On Blooming
Listen in as we chat about expat life, challenges, writing, family, traveling, raising third-culture kids, the concept of home, coaching, mental health, and much more!
#expat #author #badass #imfine #global #mytheoryonblooming #getyourexpatshifttogether #coach #switzerland #michigan #benthere
Season 3 Episode 3: TCK, Award-Winning Author, and Magazine Editor, Rachel Hicks.
Rachel Hicks is a second-generation TCK raising third-generation TCKs. She was born in the foothills of the Himalayas and spent the bookends of her childhood in India, with moves to Pakistan, Jordan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Hong Kong in between. She married her college sweetheart and lived in one place for seven years (Phoenix, Arizona) before moving with two young children to Chengdu, China, where they lived for another seven years. They were repatriated to the U.S. in 2013 and now live in Baltimore, Maryland.
Rachel’s poetry and fiction have appeared in The Briar Cliff Review, Baltimore Review, Relief, St. Katherine Review, Off the Coast, Gulf Stream, and other journals. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the 2019 Briar Cliff Review Fiction Prize winner. She is the editor of Among Worlds magazine (for adult TCKs) and an associate editor at Del Sol Press. She works as a freelance copyeditor. Her career has included teaching (high school English and homeschooling) and volunteering with an international relief and development agency. She uses her writing to explore themes of loss, exile, worldviews, their consequences, and bearing witness to human dignity.
Resources for TCKs and globally mobile families:
Interaction International — Services to TCKs, globally mobile families, and people who work with or care for TCKs (counselors, educators, etc.): https://www.interactionintl.org.
TCK Training — Services to TCKs, globally mobile families, and more: https://www.tcktraining.com (especially check out their Resources section)
Daraja — TCK organization founded by Michael Pollock (whose father, Dave Pollock, co-wrote the TCK “Bible” Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds): https://www.darajatck.org; Daraja offers coaching, consulting, and events for TCKs at any stage of life.
#writer #tck #thirdculture #globalliving #globalparenting #travel #acclimation #amongworlds #repatriation #life #benthere
Season 3 Episode 1: Unabashed with Seth Louton and Seth Winterhalter.
*Special Episode. Watch below as BenThere takes a severe but essential turn as I talk to Seth Louton and Seth Winterhalter regarding men’s mental health. We get real about a topic that kills men: honest, raw, and unscripted. Give it a listen, share, and seek help if you or someone you know is struggling with mental health. You aren’t alone.
**Disclosure. This episode is a chat between friends, and in no way, shape or form should it be used as an alternative to professional medical help if needed. Please contact your local healthcare provider for additional resources or try an online counseling option such as betterhelp.com and/or talkspace.com.
Seth Louton can be reached at:
Seth Winterhalter can be reached at: