Tag Archives: Celebrity Chefs

Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson called in to give me some tips on putting a new spin on the 5 dishes I can semi-successfully make, including getting out my olive oil rut and exploring avocado oil.  Plus: Marcus talks about his new restaurant and gives a shout out to Chicago.

Aarón Sanchez

Celebrity chef & Food Network icon Aarón Sanchez called in to share some unique recipes that incorporate grapes into everyday meals (and beverages - Aarón suggested a pickled grape would be a good addition to a cocktail).  Aarón also complemented me on my spot-on pronunciation of “New Orleans,” which apparently previous interviewers had failed to do. Win-win!

Ellie Krieger

Ellie Krieger called in to share some great recipe ideas using olive oil.  She also discussed the different types of olive oil and when to use them, and cleared up some myths about “fake” oil.  Plus:  a delicious discussion of her life-affirming double chocolate brownies.

Catherine De Orio

It’s always fun to chat with “Check, Please!” host Cat De Orio, and this time she helped save me from a pre-holiday meltdown with her hints & tips on making holiday meal prep a little easier.   As you will hear (should you choose to listen — please, oh please!), she had me at “maple bourbon candied pecans” and “pie sundaes.”

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli

We always have fun talking to Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, and this time I really needed her help to avoid a pre-holiday meltdown and/or freakout as we get ready to host Thanksgiving at our house.   Alex had some great tips on staying organized, coming up with healthy versions of holiday classics, and how not to drive yourself (meaning me) crazy.

Damaris Phillips

Damaris Phillips was a big winner on “The Next Food Network Star” and her show “Southern at Heart” is fun, sweet and charming.   After giving her the necessary and appropriate kudos for her ridiculously addictive fried pickles recipe, we got down to business discussing how to make the holidays stress-free and waste-free when it comes to food prep.

 

Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian

We always have fun when Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian calls in, and this time we got right down to business and talked steak and red wine.   Listen carefully for GZ’s most valuable tip for successfully cooking a sirloin steak with a cast iron pan — it’s life-changing!

Chef George Duran

We were happy to induct George Duran into our exclusive Five Timers Club, which gets him a laminated membership card and a 10 percent discount at participating local businesses (of which we have nearly one).   George called in to share some fun fall recipes and defend his guacamole recipe, which set the Internet on fire after appearing in People magazine.

Shep Gordon

Shep Gordon is a legendary agent and producer who was featured in Mike Myers’ documentary “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.”  He’s now sharing his story in a new book, “They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food and Rock and Roll.”   After sharing our mutual love for Chicago pizza, we discussed why he wrote the book, how he’s responsible for the invention of the celebrity chef, as well as the changing definition of “celebrity.”

Steve Raichlen on his new book “Planet Smoke”

We always have fun when Barbecue Hall of Famer Steven Raichlen calls in, and this time we talked about smoking, especially the recipes in his new book “Planet Smoke” like smoked nachos, smoked cheesecake and smoked bourbon-bacon apple crisp.   Yes, please.