Category Archives: Show Recaps

“Top Chef” Stephanie Izard

Restaurant owner, James Beard award winner and Top Chef Season 4 champion Stephanie Izard called in to talk about a new series of stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service to honor some legendary chefs.  We also talked about her recent win on Top Chef Duels, then I derailed the whole chat by shamelessly begging for a reservation at  Girl & The Goat.


Jennifer Widerstrom from “The Biggest Loser”

Jennifer Widerstrom is the newest trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”  She talked about her training background, how she’s able to break through to the contestants, and why Ben Harper is perfect chill-out music after a day on the ranch.

Chef Robert Irvine

Chef Robert Irvine from “Dinner Impossible” and “Restaurant Impossible” called into plug his upcoming live show, share some tips for dining on the road, and threaten to crush my skull with his bicep.

Monica Potter from “Parenthood”

Monica Potter called in to break my heart with the news that Parenthood is entering its 6th and final season on NBC.

Stuart Claxton from Guinness World Records

Every since I was a little kid and got a copy at the school book fair, I’ve been a fan of the Guinness Book of World Records.  Stuart Claxton, the US spokesman, called in and we chatted about the 60th anniversary edition.  I’ll never forget the guy with the world’s longest fingernails and the guy with 400 cigarettes in his mouth.  I wonder if he’s still alive and keeping up that 20 pack a day habit?

Steve Wilkos

Steve Wilkos is a former Marine and Chicago police officer.  We had a conversation about the new season of The Steve Wilkos Show, growing up in Roscoe Village, and whether he still hangs out with Jerry Springer.


Matt Iseman from “American Ninja Warrior”

Matt Iseman called in to hype up the series finale of American Ninja Warrior on NBC (repeats also shown on the Esquire network).



Jean Pigozzi from “My Friends Call Me Johnny”

With all respect to the Dos Equis guy, Jean Pigozzi may actually be the “world’s most interesting man.”  Called one of the “world’s greatest characters” by Sir Elton John, he’s heir to a European auto fortune, a globe-trotting photographer, a renowned art collector, a successful tech investor, and creator of a high-end men’s clothing line.   He’s also featured in a brand new show on the Esquire network, “My Friends Call me Johnny.”

Jet Tila from “Food Fighters”

Jet Tila called into talk about his episode of “Food Fighters.”  He was also happy to talk about what it’s like to be a judge on “Cutthroat Kitchen.”  I always wondered what the judges did while they were sequestered.

Chef Hugh Acheson

Canning:  It’s not just for hipsters, and Chef Hugh Acheson says so!