Seamus Mullen is a chef, restaurant owner, cookbook author and TV personality (you’ve seen him on “Next Iron Chef,” “Chopped,” and “Beat Bobby Flay,” among many others). Seamus called in to talk about making smart choices with food, especially with using extra virgin olive oil. I also pleaded for him to open a great new Spanish restaurant in Chicago and tried to sell him my old bike. Our interview apparently covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Chef Amanda Freitag called in to talk about a new season of “American Diner Revival” on Food Network, which she co-hosts with Ty Pennington. We talked about why it’s important to preserve classic diners, common things that can get a mom-and-pop restaurant in trouble, and her favorite diner food.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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