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Chef Carlos Anthony and GM Damion Connor from Salt & Cleaver in Hillcrest

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Pascal Vignau

Chef Carlos Anthony has worked alongside notable chefs including Brian Malarkey at top San Diego restaurants Searsucker and Gabardine, and with Thomas Keller at Bouchon and Richard Reddington at the two-Michelin-starred Redd¹s in Napa Valley where he learned that great food does not need to be complicated as long as it involves quality ingredients that are perfectly executed. His work at Salt & Cleaver has garnered him humbling recognition in the industry, including Zagat's ³Top Ten Best Things We Ate This Year Across The Nation" list, for his Rib Eye Sausage; and San Diego Magazine's "Best of San Diego² list, for his Salt & Cleaver Mac & Cheese.

GM Damion Conner runs the front of the house at Salt & Cleaver and came to the restaurant with Chef Carlos from Searsucker and Gabardine.

Lick the Plate, the popular San Diego food feature on KPRi is starting its third year on the air by expanding its guest list to include national culinary  personalities and adding the Red Fox Tails as the official show band.

"These past two years have been a blast," said host David Boylan. He added, "We have interviewed some of the top culinary personalities in San Diego including Javier Plascencia, Bernard Guillas, Hannis Cavin, and Food Network personality and San Diego Magazine restaurant critic Troy Johnson. From San Diego’s top chefs and restaurants to small mom and pop eateries, we have covered a wide range of the San Diego culinary scene, the people who drive it and their individual stories. The concept has proven itself in San Diego so it’s time to expand our guest mix to national culinary personalities that would resonate with any foodie audience. The addition of The Red Fox Tails as our show band will give Lick the Plate its own unique soundtrack with a cool surf-jazz style that reflects the San Diego location of the show."

Lick the Plate guest Hanis Cavin, chef and owner at the Carnitas Snack Shack praised the new capabilities of Lick the Plate. "David has an original format going with Lick the Plate. He is a storyteller first and foremost and he does a great job at it. I had a blast recording with him and it was fun to talk about subjects a bit out of the ordinary for culinary shows. I can’t wait to hear him interview some of the culinary heavyweights from around the country."

Haley Jones, Program Director at KPRi had this to add. "Lick the Plate’s format continues to evolve beyond food and really exposes the people behind all the amazing culinary talent in San Diego. It's a natural progression for the show to bring in big name guests for the KPRi audience and potentially other markets. David taps into what makes these people tick, from their culinary influences to their passions for music to where they like to eat and drink."

Lick the Plate Radio airs M-F at 4:10 & 7:10pm on KPRi, 102.1 FM San Diego and is engineered by Frankie Blue. Lick the Plate is also a weekly column in the Coast News in Encinitas, California.