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Follow Margaret with her up close and personal stories of her life, events and the adventures she has with her friends and family.

Margaret McSweeney and Jamie Laurita | Kitchen Chat

Connecting with Friends: Chef Jaime Laurita in His Kitchen

Let’s connect in our kitchens! I know this is a difficult time, dear foodie friends. We can all feel a bit disconnected and discouraged. Please know that you are not alone. Please reach out to others in your community. My dear friend and co-host, Chef Jaime Laurita and I recently had a Kitchen Chat by…
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Chef Alice Waters – Queen of the Garden Encore

Hi, foodie friends.  As you may know, I fell and broke my knee and am having surgery on Friday.  During this time of recovery, I thought it would be special to replay some favorite Kitchen Chats.  I will never forget the honor of visiting with Chef Alice Waters at Chez Panisse.  Thanks for your encouragement…

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Common Threads: The Power of Using Food for Change and Education

“We all know when we eat well we feel better.  We have the energy to rock it out!” Linda Novick O’Keefe, Founding CEO of Common Threads   Over 16 million children in the United States experience hunger.  Common Threads is helping lead the way to empower and educate children across the country.  Recently, Linda Novick…


The Thrill of the Grill with Grill Seeker Chef Matthew Eads

“Anything you can do in the kitchen, I say you should do it on the grill.  It always tastes better.” Chef Matthew Eads Do you want more confidence at the grill? Today’s guest, Chef Matthew Eads shares recipes and tips from his cookbook Grill Seeker: Basic Training for Everyday Grilling As a U.S. Marine for thirteen years,…


Stanley Cup Winner Daniel Carcillo: Life After the Game

“Hockey mimics life.  It’s important to stay mentally focused no matter if the momentum changes.” Daniel Carcillo, two time Stanley Cup winner, formerly with Chicago Blackhawks Unexpected blows in life can happen to us all.  However, unexpected blows in the hockey rink can change the course of one’s life after the game.  Daniel Carcillo shares…


Gold Medal Cooking with American Culinary Federation

Food is sport, especially at the IKA/Culinary Olympics.   Chef Stafford DeCambra, President of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) has brought home 11 gold medals.  Recently, Chef Jaime Laurita and I had a pop-up Kitchen Chat with Chef DeCambra at Middleby’s booth at the National Restaurant Show.   ACF is celebrating its 90th birthday this…


Bolay and Chris Gannon: Creating “Comeback Flavor”

“We want to inspire Americans to be the best version of themselves.   That’s our goal.”  Chris Gannon, Founder of Bolay     You never know where my Kitchen Chat journey will bring me.  Recently, I attended an incredible Mastermind Group in the South Florida TikiHut of Fred Fishback.  What was extra special about this…


Middleby Corporation: Authenticity and Innovation

“The fun thing about innovation is that it’s exciting.”   David Brewer, COO of Middleby Corporation Today’s foodies appreciate the full experience of what it takes to create and curate a meal, whether it’s in their own kitchens or in restaurants.  We like to understand the chefs’ inspirations and techniques.  We also like to know…


Biscuit Buddies: Chef Carla Hall and Chadwick Boyd

  It’s kitchen confession time….. I grew up in the South and never actually made biscuits.  My dear friend Chef Carla Hall along with Chadwick Boyd recently brought Biscuit Time to Kitchen Chat!  How fun to learn how to make biscuits alongside Chef Jaime Laurita in the beautiful Viking and La Cornue Middleby Residential showroom…


The Giving Kitchen: James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award

“Giving Kitchen for us is really more about stability for food service than anything else.  And within the financial grant program we’ve been able to award over $2.5 million to over 1,600 members of our community in the state of Georgia.” Jen Hidinger-Kendrick, co-founder of Giving Kitchen In 2012, Jen Hidinger-Kendrick’s husband, Chef Ryan Hidinger was…