Chef Marc Murphy was once again listed in People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue as the sexiest chef, and just opened a new restaurant, Grey Salt. We talked about the process of opening a new venue, his worked on Chopped, and whether or not all Food Network personalities are constantly dropping in on each other’s houses.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Chef George Duran called in with some hints ‘n’ tips on making our holiday gatherings a success, talking about gadgets, gear and of course good food.
“Chopped” host and travel expert Ted Allen called in live on location from Austin, Texas to talk about how to properly pack for a trip, the best way to get a room upgrade at your hotel, the best way to redeem travel points, and the difference between Brooklyn & Austin hipsters.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Valerie Bertinelli called in to talk about a new season of her Food Network show, “Valerie’s Home Cooking.” We discussed how she selects the dishes for the show, why food has always been an important part of her family’s relationship, and what special guest stars we’ll see this season.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Elvira called in to talk about her role as a special guest judge on the season finale of Food Network’s “Halloween Wars,” which airs Sunday night at 9/8c. We also discussed her life and career, including her show at Knott’s Scary Farm and upcoming live appearance in Chicago.
Anne Burrell is currently hosting another season of “Worst Cooks In America,” this time with a new co-host in Rachael Ray and new celebrity contestants. Anne talked about how being “star struck” lasted about 5 minutes and then it was all down to business, why her approach in the kitchen can work with just about anyone, and what it takes to succeed on the show.
“Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition” is on Wednesdays at 9/8c on Food Network.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Patricia Heaton is arguably the most popular TV mom of the past two decades, starring in over 200 episodes of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and now approaching 150 of “The Middle.” We talked about her career, how she’s recognized for different roles in different parts of the world, and why she decided to add 10 hour days to her existing 12 hour days in shooting a new Food Network show, “Patricia Heaton Parties,” which premieres October 24th at 11CT.Follow @bigwakeupcall
We always have a good time when Sandra Lee calls in, and this time she told us about her new partnership with Bob Evans to deliver a new line of convenience foods (and of course Sandra shared tips on dressing them up all fancy-like). Sandra also delivered some breaking news on mini Bob Evans locations coming soon to select Target stores in Chicago.
Ted Allen is the host of “Chopped” and “All Star Academy” on Food Network and is a travel and food expert. Ted called us live from The Vendue in Charleston, SC to share some advice on making our dream vacations a reality. We also reminisced about being neighbors in Chicago, shared stories of rock concerts, and discussed the growing artisan mayonnaise phenomenon (Ted lives in Brooklyn). Ted also told us how we could win a dream vacation — listen for details.