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About Me - Favorite Food Celebs

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In the next week or two I will be doing a few posts for an "about me" section. This is for people who are new to the site to check out and get a feeling for where I am coming from. Today's about me is a list of my top 5 favorite Celebrity food personalities with a few honorable mentions at the bottom.



  1. Mario Batali


He has always been at the top for me. From Iron Chef to Molto Mario, His kingdom of restaurants, to even various food network specials and appearances, Mario has never once compromised his integrity. He does things his way. After trying to get reservations at "Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca", we eventually settled for his second restaurant "Lupa". It was a great night with extremely interesting and delicious food. I cant wait to try another next time I am in New York. I could write forever about him, but I am going to stop because this is just supposed to be a list, but what I will say is that I feel like I am a much better cook from watching him. Not because of specific recipes, but rather philosophy and technique that will be in my brain forever. (Also he is the only man alive that can look cool with an orange ponytail and crocs)



  1. Jamie Oliver

I only started watching Jamie fairly recently but I can't get enough. His all natural take on cooking has really influenced me to take a look at my own shopping and cooking habits. We even decided to try for a few months to eat ONLY naturally raised meat. (It's really hard in Bermuda) He has been writing books and on TV since he was 22 years old. He is 32 now and has written 11 cookbooks in those 10 years! Yet with all this experience, he is still very down to earth and extremely passionate about everything he does. He also is constantly speaking out about the quality of food in schools had has done a ton of work to get cafeterias in the UK to start cooking more and having natural food selections rather then processed.




  1. Anthony Bourdain

The first experience Mandi and I had with Bourdain was from watching the failed sitcom based on his book "kitchen Confidential" that I stumbled across on the old bit torrents. He did not have much to do with that show but since it was loosely based on the book (and we loved the show) we decided to check him out. We saw him a few times on top chef and he was always funny, making fun of the food with Colicchio. Anyways when we finally watched No Reservations we were hooked. We can't get enough. I am always on the travel channel website trying to see if any are randomly on. We have a checklist by our TV to check them off so we know which we have seen and need to see. What makes him so awesome (like others on this list) is that he doesn't care about how he is seen by other people. He does his own thing, and says what he feels.




  1. Giada De Laurentiis

People may disagree with this, but to them I say - your dumb. She is often overlooked and grouped into the less desirable food network crowd but I think her food is excellent. She is one of the first people I ever saw on food network and she even sort of jump started my interest into the cooking world. Mandi and I have been consistently watching her show for almost 2 years now. We have 2 of her cookbooks and always turn to her recipes when we are unsure of what we want to cook. She was even honored a few weeks ago at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival by Anthony Bourdain (hater of all things food network) with the prestigious title of "being on food network but somehow not sucking"




  1. Alton Brown

Good Eats, a staple on food network, has been on the air for 9 years. This show is brilliant with its mix of comedy, cooking knowhow, and the science behind the food. He is so knowledgeable about all aspects of the food from the preparation, storage, and even hardware. Where I think Alton really shines is as the commentator on Iron Chef. You don't really appreciate his great commentating until you see a cooking competition elsewhere. I recently went to 2 and realized how much Alton really carries the action on iron chef.



Honorable mention


Ming, Bittman, Colicchio, Anne Burrell, Alexandra Guarnaschelli


Bobby Flay - Boy meets grill is great, Mesa Grill was delicious, and of course he is good on Iron chef. But Throwdown? Really? Its embarrassing to watch.

Masaharu Morimoto - Great on iron chef, we have his cookbook and can't wait to dive into a few of the recipes. Also can't wait to go to his restaurant, we missed out this past Christmas in Philly.

Gordon Ramsay - Many Americans may not like him as much. I love hells kitchen for its humor, but I can see how people wouldn't like it. Also Kitchen nightmares American version is terrible. The UK version of this show is awesome, but I think his best show is "Gordon Ramsay's The F-Word" that can be seen on BBC America.

Devon Alexander and Nathan Lyon - They each have a show on Fit TV. Nothing great, Just good food, natural personalities and fun to watch. Also not as healthy as you woud expect being on Fit TV. Its just about fresh ingredients.

Ellie Krieger - She is so smart about the nutritional values of food and makes some pretty awesome stuff for being healthy.

Duff Goldman - Ace of cakes is awesome. The whole group they have there is hilarious.

Note about Rachael Ray - Everyone on the internet HATES Rachael soo much. I don't really get it. I mean yea she can be a little wound up sometimes. But I must confess I have made a recipe or 2 from her and they were simple and delicious. She really worked her way from the bottom and pretty much invented 30 minute meals by doing them live in grocery stores. There wouldn't be the huge surge in interest in food today that there is if it wasn't for her. Yes she is for beginners, yes she can be annoying, and Yes Dunkin Donuts wasn't the best career move. But who cares? There are a lot more people out there who suck way worse then her. (I'm looking at you aunt sandy) Give Rachael a break people!


5 Comments

What - no Nigella Lawson? When I saw her make "bread and milk" on Nigella Feasts in a show on comfort foods, I was floored! She's brilliant! Even foodnetwork.com members rated this recipe 5 stars.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_35615,00.html

Haha.

ton's of respesct for the italian chefs....but u can't forget about the french ie. DANIEL BOULUD!

Wasnt Bourdain once on the Food Network?

There was a show called Great Food on PBS in the early noughties which featured multiple cooks throughout the season. And one that I will never forget was Sophie Grigson. The shows with her were the most memorable for me for they featured some of the most delectable food.

So basically you only like chefs you can watch on tv?

I've actually been meaning to make a comment on this page for awhile, so thanks raybay for reminding me! This is a pretty old post. I wrote it as I was still trying to figure out the whole blogging thing, as a place for people to find out more info about me if they wanted to. I think it is kinda cheesy now and almost deleted it when I switched to my newer blogging software, but decided against it because while cheesy, it's still part of my website and reminds me of my beginnings. As for the actual people on the post, I still stand by most of my comments. I definitely watch too much food on TV, and if these people are on, I will not change the station. Unless they are talking to Gweneth Paltrow. Then I change the station as fast as possible.

As for non-celebrity chefs, there are plenty I like that aren't on TV. But that wasn't what this post was about now was it?

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