Chefs & Restaurants

Interviews with professional chefs and restaurateurs

Joe Knows Fish | KitchenChat

Joe Knows Fish: Taking the Intimidation Out of Cooking Seafood

By kitchenchat | February 13, 2019

Does cooking seafood intimidate you?  Joe Gurrera  the owner of Citarella, a group of popular and respected neighborhood seafood shops in New York wants to help you take the intimidation out of cooking seafood. He has the answers for you in his cookbook, Joe Knows Fish.  Joe’s love for fish started when he was a…

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Chef Michael McDermott and The Kids’ Cooking Network

By kitchenchat | January 28, 2019

As a graduate of Culinary Institute of America, Chef Michael McDermott has cooked for celebrities such as Jackie Onassis, Julia Child, Elizabeth Taylor and Malcom Forbes. His passion is to educate and empower kids and their families about nutrition and food.  He is the Founder/Executive Producer of The Kids’ Cooking Network™ TKCN LIVE is a FUN…

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Andrew Friedman | KitchenChat

Chefs, Drugs and Rock & Roll with Andrew Friedman

By kitchenchat | January 21, 2019

Chefs are today’s rockstars.  In Chefs, Drugs and Rock & Roll, the prolific and award winning chef writer, Andrew Friedman, chronicles the compelling story of the first generation of American chefs set in the 1970’s and 1980’s before “fame and fortune” was on their horizons.  He interviewed more than 210 people over the span of…

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Natasha MacAller | KitchenChat

Healthy Spice Heroes with Natasha McAller

By kitchenchat | January 7, 2019

Let’s spice things up in 2019!  Natasha MacAller, author of Vanilla Table: The Essence of Exquisite Cooking from the World’s Best Chefs along with Healthy Spice Heroes shares the benefits of spices. She is a fellow member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and we had a fun Kitchen Chat at one of the conferences. Did you know…

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Kitchen Chat 2018 with Chef Jaime Laurita and Margaret McSweeney

By kitchenchat | December 31, 2018

  Thank you foodie friends for making 2018 a great year for Kitchen Chat!  And thank you, Chef Jaime Laurita for co-hosting Kitchen Chat with me in the award winning Viking and La Cornue Showroom  at the Merchandise Mart Luxe Home. You and the Middleby Residential team designed two stunning showrooms!  Make sure you also check out the…

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Tasting Italy with America’s Test Kitchen and National Geographic

By kitchenchat | December 24, 2018

“Italian food isn’t the result of a single culinary style, it’s a mosaic of many cooking traditions that stem from each province’s geography and climate, agriculture history and culture.”  Jack Bishop, Chief Creative Officer at America’s Test Kitchen on PBS Come on a culinary journey with  America’s Test Kitchen along with National Geographic. Their three…

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Abe Conlon: Best Chef of the Great Lakes

By kitchenchat | December 17, 2018

  “Fat Rice is a symbol of abundance, generosity and hospitality.” Chef Abe Conlon   Chef Abe Conlon’s intense passion for food began at an early age.  Growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts, Conlon developed an international palate influenced by his multicultural suburb with a vibrant Southeast Asian community along with his family’s Portuguese heritage.  During…

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Cooking with Scraps: From Waste to Taste

By kitchenchat | December 10, 2018

Each year over 133 billion pounds of food goes wasted in the United States, with 40% of all food going into the garbage.   Lindsay-Jean Hard is on a passionate mission to share ways to reduce this waste and increase sustainability by writing a cookbook called Cooking with Scraps.  With a master’s degree in Urban…

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Mindy Segal: Hospitality and HotChocolate

By kitchenchat | December 7, 2018

“I’ve never lost the perspective of making people happy through my food.”  Mindy Segal   Mindy Segal is a successful entrepreneur, restaurateur, and an award winning pastry chef with a huge heart for charity.  (In 2012, she won a James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef). As a student at University of Wisconsin, she skipped…

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Dorie Greenspan: The Element of Surprise

By kitchenchat | November 27, 2018

Dorie Greenspan is an inspiration.  I am so grateful to have met her early in my culinary journey.  Her genuine kindness and encouragement along with her passion for cooking brings out the best in others and in her recipes.  What a delight to recently have a Kitchen Chat with her in the Viking and La…

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What’s Gaby Cooking

Everyone on Instagram always asks @WhatsGabyCookin. Gaby Dalkin is the Pied Piper of the culinary world.  Gaby’s enthusiasm, encouragement, recipes and authenticity help her followers become even better home chefs all while having…

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