Tag Archives: Celebrity Chefs

Steven Raichlen

FIREIt’s always great to chat with Barbecue Hall-of-Famer Steven Raichlen, who called in to talk about his new book and upcoming PBS series “Project Fire.”  Every time Steve calls in, I get excited about trying a new recipe or technique.  Can’t wait to give the Caveman Porterhouse a try!

Jeff Mauro

Jeff Mauro from Food Network’s “The Kitchen” called into the show to complete my set of interviews with panelists from that show (including Katie Lee, GZ, and Sunny).  We talked about his insanely addictive “Bao to the Tots,” how to introduce young children to new flavors and cuisines, Chicago weather, opening new restaurants, and how his best friends have clean, smooth skin.

Ellie Krieger

Ellie Krieger returned to the show to talk about healthy swaps for National Heart Health month.  But mainly we just discussed my favorite topic:  Brownies!

Carla Hall

Top Chef alum and current The Chew panelist Carla Hall made a return appearance to the Big Wakeup Call to talk about a special program to benefit the more than 10 million Seniors in America who are facing hunger issues.   We also caught up on what’s happened since her last appearance in 2005, discussed recipes even I could successfully complete, and why we’re having more fun in our 40s and 50s than we did in our 20s and 30s.

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.