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cray
05-02-2008, 06:25 PM
introduce us to your favorite chef in this thread!

my current fav is ming tsai. i have no idea if he has a national audience or not so here,….

http://www.ming.com/ (http://www.ming.com/)

i think he has a couple of different websites but this should get you to all of them in some form or fashion


east meets west cooking.
he keeps it simple enough where ordinary work-a-day batteries like myself can prepare most of his recipes at home. i really think he has a unique ‘taste’ – he puts together some really amazing dishes with explosive flavors.

and, a big plus for me, he generally will pair a wine with his meals at the end of the show. nothing too in depth but it is interesting to me.

check him out.



hey, look! i started a thread.

mscelina
05-02-2008, 06:33 PM
*grin*

Gordon Ramsay.

I think the reason should be obvious...

L M Ashton
05-02-2008, 06:38 PM
Wow. I have no idea who you two are talking about. No doubt I will remain equally clueless throughout the entire remainder of this thread.

Haggis
05-02-2008, 06:39 PM
Wow. I have no idea who you two are talking about. No doubt I will remain equally clueless throughout the entire remainder of this thread.

When you move to paradise, you have to be prepared to suffer the consequences. :D

cray
05-02-2008, 06:40 PM
Wow. I have no idea who you two are talking about. No doubt I will remain equally clueless throughout the entire remainder of this thread.

the point exactly,....introduce us to someone who we don't know...

L M Ashton
05-02-2008, 06:42 PM
When you move to paradise, you have to be prepared to suffer the consequences. :D
*laughs* Touche!

III
05-02-2008, 06:43 PM
Chef Combo, but only people who grew up in the DC area would know him.

http://kidshow.dcmemories.com/KBComboTitle11_300.jpg

JJ Cooper
05-02-2008, 06:46 PM
*grin*

Gordon Ramsay.

I think the reason should be obvious...

Beat me to it. Although I posted about him the other day before this board was here. He rocks.

JJ

auntybug
05-02-2008, 07:01 PM
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb169/auntybug/79612040.jpg
:D
Not having TV - I don't get to watch any cooking stuff..but I did get to meet this guy in Celebration, Fl at a BBQ. He was my friends neighbor.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb169/auntybug/chefmain.jpg
He's on NBC or something? They called him the mad chef.
He did have some awesome stuff grilled up for us!
Count?

Bmwhtly
05-02-2008, 07:07 PM
Gordon Ramsay.
He is good.

I heard the other day he's releasing his own brand of canned soups.
If you've ever seen one of his programmes, you'll know that they're calling
the range ****ing Soup.
"Directions: Put it in the ****ing pan, you ****ing idiot! Show a bit of ****ing passion."

mscelina
05-02-2008, 07:11 PM
Hell's Kitchen is currently one of my favorite shows. Aside from the fact that it comes on Tuesday night, which is notoriously BAD for TV shows, watching Ramsay torture young chefs is a hell of a lot of fun for a girl who has spent decades in the service industry. Absolutely LOVE it.

Lyra Jean
05-02-2008, 07:14 PM
My favorite is still Alton Brown. Although I have no TV right now so it might change when I buy a new one and get connected to the box again.

Pthom
05-03-2008, 12:42 AM
Of all the TV cooking celebrities, I'm with rosemerry. Alton Brown has a most pragmatic view of cooking and most important, he tells you WHY things should be done the way they are. May "Good Eats" remain on the Food Channel forever!

ETA: Also, he has some of the absolutely coolest tools! Ever see his stand mixer? The one with the flames on it? :D

samgail
05-03-2008, 01:24 AM
i loved alton browns show on how to make different versions of toll house cookies-brilliant!


my favorite is nigella lawson, she is the bomb. I love her style, she loves to be in the kitchen but cherishes time spent with family and friends. Her recipes are simple but taste amazing. I also *love* Jamie Oliver. I don't really care what he is cooking-just kidding, he makes great food too!

samgail
05-03-2008, 01:30 AM
I like kitchen nightmare with gordon ramsey, makes you think twice when trying a new restaurant.

Sarita
05-03-2008, 04:31 AM
Wait, wait, wait. How can they be your favorite chef if you've never eaten their food? I'm submitting my own favorite, Chief O'Brien from Barrtra. He's magical.

http://barrtra.com/index.html

The 12 grain bread alone makes me want to hang up my apron, not that I wear an apron...

TerzaRima
05-03-2008, 06:41 AM
Sara Moulton, not least because food safety is a routine part of her show. She teaches me something whenever I watch her; since that is usually when I am staring at PBS while sprinting on a treadmill she's probably pretty effective.

Now I am remembering meeting Mario Batali in an airport one time, how he was wearing giant hot pink Crocs, and how he came off as kind of an ass.

samgail
05-03-2008, 10:07 AM
Wait, wait, wait. How can they be your favorite chef if you've never eaten their food? I'm submitting my own favorite, Chief O'Brien from Barrtra. He's magical.

http://barrtra.com/index.html

The 12 grain bread alone makes me want to hang up my apron, not that I wear an apron...
Barrtra sounds great, my local favorite is Hal Jardine from the Red Door. He works magic with salmon & i do eat Nigellas food.......i use her ideas in my kitchen all the time. That counts doesn't it?

Haggis
05-03-2008, 07:51 PM
Even though she was not a trained chef, I loved Julia Child. All of today's TV chefs owe their success in large part to her.

And if you're the kind who drools over cookbooks, you owe it to yourself to buy a copy of her Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I can sit and read that book for hours.

soleary
05-03-2008, 08:05 PM
I'd have to go with Swedish Chef from the Muppets Show.

Or, in total honesty, Julia Child. She was the Chef Queen who reigned supreme!

cray
05-05-2008, 05:42 PM
Even though she was not a trained chef, I loved Julia Child. All of today's TV chefs owe their success in large part to her.

And if you're the kind who drools over cookbooks, you owe it to yourself to buy a copy of her Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I can sit and read that book for hours.

i just looked this up,.......it is 2 volumes!

jennontheisland
05-05-2008, 05:48 PM
Definitely Jamie Oliver. His show The Naked Chef was somewhat misleading in the title though....

I love his new show where he's out in the garden and cooking over fires or in his totally rustic looking kitchen. Nothing fussy or prissy about it, just real food.

Opposite end of the scale is Bobby Flay. I can't stand the guy. Sure, his food would taste good, but he's so pretentious about it. He does not belong on Iron Chef. Seriously, they gave him kobe beef and he made a philly cheesesteak sandwich!! WTF??

Sarita
05-05-2008, 05:54 PM
I love his new show where he's out in the garden and cooking over fires or in his totally rustic looking kitchen. Nothing fussy or prissy about it, just real food. I love this show and the recipes are amazing. I've already tried a few of them. Great stuff.

jennontheisland
05-05-2008, 06:09 PM
I love this show and the recipes are amazing. I've already tried a few of them. Great stuff.


Have you tried the potato asparagus tart in phillo pastry?? OMFG! Awesome in a pan.

Shadow_Ferret
05-05-2008, 06:17 PM
I can't say that any of the TELEVISION chefs are my favorite since I've never actually EATEN their food.

Even though she was not a trained chef, I loved Julia Child. All of today's TV chefs owe their success in large part to her.
I thought she was trained.

Did she predate Graham Kerr, the galloping gourmet?

I used to like that Naw'leans chef, Justin Wilson of Cajun Cookin. He passed away several years ago. He used to drawl, "I guarantee."

Haggis
05-05-2008, 06:23 PM
I can't say that any of the TELEVISION chefs are my favorite since I've never actually EATEN their food.

I thought she was trained.

Did she predate Graham Kerr, the galloping gourmet?

I used to like that Naw'leans chef, Justin Wilson of Cajun Cookin. He passed away several years ago. He used to drawl, "I guarantee."

My bad. I thought she hadn't been, but apparently she had extensive training.

It seems to me that she and Kerr were on TV about the same time.

Justin Wilson. Heh. Yeah. He was fun to watch.

mario_c
05-06-2008, 07:09 AM
Most talented chef: Morimoto. Fellow Iron Chef Batali is a very close runner up.
Most entertaining: Anthony Bourdain. No Reservations is just a delight to watch.

And sorry, but I don't get the appeal of Ramsay. What is the point, to think "And I thought MY boss was an asshole grande"?! But to own his each.

Kitrianna
05-16-2008, 01:55 AM
I HAVE TO PICK ONE!!!! Nope not happening...so here's the list in no particular order:
Emeril Lagasse- love the mad use of garlic.
Mario Batali- he seems really down to earth
Masaharu Morimoto- I have loved him since the original Iron Chef
Gordon Ramsay- tells it like it is

Then there are the foodies:
Alton Brown- his show is hilarious and informative (Good Eats 8/11 PM on Food Network)
Rachel Ray- so bubbly and a fellow Upstate New Yorker! Yes I am actually from NY...Buffalo to be exact, but don't tell anyone else...it's a secret.

Melisande
05-16-2008, 09:46 AM
This might sound totally obnoxious, but I am my own favourite chef.

I never watch those guys on TV, and I never read magazines or cook books. I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, and my Beloved Hubby is completely happy, as are the people at the V(FW) for whom I cook every now and then.

Hillary
05-19-2008, 03:47 PM
I have to say, I am scared of most cooking shows. Why? Because I once watched Rachel Ray. *shudders* She acts as though she can only make one trip around the kitchen and loads her arms with 80 billion things until I want to shout at her, says obnoxious shit like "EVOO" and has the audacity to do it with a smile on her face, and generally makes me want to poke my eyes out with rusty forks.

If watching Rachel Ray isn't grounds for going on a homicidal rampage, I don't know what is.

ANYWAY, that said, I enjoy Hell's Kitchen. Is it the food? Not really. The humiliation? Absolutely.

My mother makes the best Thai food I've ever eaten. And I've been to some amazing Thai places. Yay, Mom!

MsK
05-22-2008, 06:49 AM
I have two of them. Both from Food TV.
Michael Chiarello... Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello. His show is taped in a beautiful home in the middle of a vineyard. (I think it might be his home and his vineyard) Oh, I would love that. If I become a best selling author, I will do that! And I will invite all of you over to enjoy my beautiful vineyard. :)
And, Giada De Laurentis. I see her as a sensual chef. She's beautiful. The food she prepares is beautiful. She makes cooking look sexy.

Pat~
05-22-2008, 07:04 AM
My favorite chef...is my husband. :D

Kitrianna
05-22-2008, 08:46 PM
I shudder at the thought of watching Michael Chiarello ever again. I wanted to throw myself out a window 5 minutes into his show (yes I watched it once...I was DESPERATE as there was no hockey game on at that moment!), but alas I live too close to the ground for it to have been effective. Giada, I agree is both beautiful and makes some nice food (I'm not big on seafood as most of it would kill me if I ate it). And Rachel Ray is awesome, but I'm a tad biased being a native Upstate New Yorker and all.

DWSTXS
05-22-2008, 08:54 PM
I have to say, I am scared of most cooking shows. Why? Because I once watched Rachel Ray. *shudders* She acts as though she can only make one trip around the kitchen and loads her arms with 80 billion things until I want to shout at her, says obnoxious shit like "EVOO" and has the audacity to do it with a smile on her face, and generally makes me want to poke my eyes out with rusty forks.

If watching Rachel Ray isn't grounds for going on a homicidal rampage, I don't know what is.

ANYWAY, that said, I enjoy Hell's Kitchen. Is it the food? Not really. The humiliation? Absolutely.

My mother makes the best Thai food I've ever eaten. And I've been to some amazing Thai places. Yay, Mom!

Yes, Rachel Ray is creepy beyong all creepiness. her mouth is scary.

Gordon Ramsay - Now WHY would anyone want to watch an asshole being an asshole? (why do people act like that? Oh, I know, it's to make up for his SHORTcomings. Sorry to hear about your thumbpenis Gordon) what a Jerk. Someone needs to shove a shrimp fork in his eye.

Kate Thornton
05-22-2008, 10:32 PM
The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, does some of the most sensually delicious (and very unhealthy for me!) food on TV.

But Alton Brown is still my favorite TV chef - I like the way he explains *exactly* what's going on with the food - and his "multi tasking tool" theories, too.

I like to cook and I cook often for my husband who speaks (and eats) Italian, so Giada Di Laurentis is a favorite as well.

I also like to watch the Scandinavian outdoor cooking show whenever I can find it. The Norwegian guy is wonderful.

Lyra Jean
05-23-2008, 09:16 AM
Are there any oriental cooking shows? I'm not talking Iron Chef but a show that shows you how to cook oriental food. I haven't seen any for any type of Asian food whether it be Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or (Asian country of your choice). That would be a show that could be interesting. There has to be more to Asian cuisine than just stir-fry.

cray
05-23-2008, 04:53 PM
Are there any oriental cooking shows? I'm not talking Iron Chef but a show that shows you how to cook oriental food. I haven't seen any for any type of Asian food whether it be Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or (Asian country of your choice). That would be a show that could be interesting. There has to be more to Asian cuisine than just stir-fry.


well, check out post #1 of this thread. east meets west cooking.

he may not be 100% of what you are looking for but most everything he cooks and the techniques he uses are asian inspired.

Hollan
05-26-2008, 07:25 AM
Jamie Oliver b/c he likes to cook naked! Okay, not really. But his food is simple and tasty. And he's adorable ^_^

L M Ashton
05-26-2008, 08:30 AM
Are there any oriental cooking shows? I'm not talking Iron Chef but a show that shows you how to cook oriental food. I haven't seen any for any type of Asian food whether it be Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or (Asian country of your choice). That would be a show that could be interesting. There has to be more to Asian cuisine than just stir-fry.
We have a few here, but, well, they're in Sinhalese... :)

slcboston
05-26-2008, 09:31 PM
Are we talking for culinary reasons... or entertainment value? Bcs I happen to like *watching* Rachel Ray but not bcs I intend to try her recipes. :D

slcboston
05-26-2008, 09:32 PM
I have to say, I am scared of most cooking shows. Why? Because I once watched Rachel Ray. *shudders* She acts as though she can only make one trip around the kitchen and loads her arms with 80 billion things until I want to shout at her, says obnoxious shit like "EVOO" and has the audacity to do it with a smile on her face, and generally makes me want to poke my eyes out with rusty forks.


I don't actually watch her with the sound on.... :D

Kitrianna
05-27-2008, 08:57 PM
I never tried any of Rachel's recipes either (I know, I know shame on me). I stick to Emeril's and AB's.

AndreaGS
05-27-2008, 11:42 PM
My favorite chef is my mom. I know that sounds lame, but she is seriously amazing. My siblings and I are always trying to get her to start a food blog, or post youtube videos...but she says she's not interested, she does it for fun, and she's not very technologically savvy.

Every time I visit my parents the kitchen is a feast for the senses. She always has out homemade snacks (flaxseed crackers, fresh guacamole, steamed pork buns...). And dinner is always something of a banquet. All the dishes don't only smell and taste good, they LOOK good. She's also an artist, so the colors in the food are coordinated and pleasant to look at. Did I mention she's a health nut? So not only does everything look and taste good, but it's good FOR you! She has a lovely garden that she gets a few of her ingredients from.

I've taken notes and watched her in the kitchen...still trying to replicate some of her results to the same level of perfection...

CatSlave
05-30-2008, 11:46 PM
Can I drag everyone away from the TV for a while and share some food writer/cookbook author sites?
I'll start with Clifford Wright, an expert on Mediterranean cuisine:

http://www.cliffordawright.com/caw/index.html

The recipes:
http://www.cliffordawright.com/caw/recipes/recipes.html

OK, now it's your turn.

lakotagirl
05-31-2008, 12:39 AM
A couple years ago my son was home on leave. I had Good Morning America on. They were introducing a guest. Out walked this cute curvey girl with a big smile.

My son said "Alright! Rachel Ray!"

Who the hell is Rachel Ray? Must be a porn star.... But what was a porn star doing on my tv?

"No, mom. She has a cooking show. She's really good."

I've watched her ever since. She makes me unafraid to try different things in the kitchen. (This is NOT related to the fun without laughing thread).

shawkins
06-03-2008, 10:40 PM
Patrick O'Connell.

I ate at The Inn At Little Washington once and it really was that much better than anywhere else I've tried. My entree was a braised duck. It was buttery tender, which you don't normally get with duck, and the flavor of the meat was unusually wild and intense without being gamy. This was a while ago, but I think it was served with a wild mushroom and currant (?) sauce. Also the amuse bouche included a barbecued rabbit pastry that may have descended bodily from Heaven.

Even if you're not in the D.C. area, his cookbooks are available on Amazon and I highly recommend them. While I personally have not summoned the self confidence to actually attempt any of the recipes, sometimes it is sort of nice to just hold them and bear witness to the glory of genius.

You can see evidence of the classic schools in his cooking, but they've been extrapolated on to the point of being almost unrecognizable. He's not a slave to the 100 mile diet, but most of his dishes rely on local and seasonal ingredients. And the combinations he comes up with are things that would simply not have occurred to me (e.g. Cranberry Pizza, Shad Roe with Roasted Bananas and Chardonnay Butter).

Patrick O'Connell and his ilk are beyond anything I'll ever achieve or even aspire to, but every now and then it's nice to spend an afternoon in the Louvre with a sketch pad.