January 30, 1994 |
There was a time when cooking shows actually pretended to teach us how to cook. These days, most hosts of cooking shows just want to entertain us. "Isn't this fun?" they ask over and over. "Are you having a good time?" Almost always implied is the eternal question: "Do you like me?" Or, more specifically, "Don't hate me because I dropped the fish. " When you consider that a good portion of the cooking- show audience has no intention of cooking the dishes presented on TV - and that many cooking-show addicts hardly ever cook at all - it makes sense that cooking shows have gotten goofier over the years, often intentionally.
June 12, 2002 |
He's the man who makes the music for pork fat to rule by. But Leonard "Doc" Gibbs, the Philadelphia-born percussionist and music director for the Food Network's top-rated series, Emeril Live, hasn't touched a pork product in more than 30 years. Doesn't eat red meat. Said sayonara to poultry a long time ago. In his East Oak Lane kitchen, soy bacon and soy sausage rule, along with an abundance of fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, cheeses and breads from South Philadelphia's Ninth Street market.
October 20, 2005 |
If there's a recipe for a cooking show host, Sally Serata has the right ingredients. She knows how to puree and poach, can distinguish between chayote and chorizo, and is graced with an engaging smile, a petite figure, and lustrous black hair. She can mix with people as well as with pots and pans. And she can mince, whip, chat and smile, all at the same time. Last spring, Serata, 35, a self-described foodie from Cherry Hill, answered a blind Web-site ad for someone who liked traveling and food.
September 22, 2000 |
If Penelope Cruz's deep, soulful eyes don't get to you, or her Sophia Loren lips, or the way her long, brown hair brushes against her neck in the breeze, then listen as she gives a chile pepper-appreciation course to her cooking class: "Hold them in your hands," she coos, demonstrating to her students. "Notice the colors. Now sneef. " Yes, sneef. The Spanish screen siren, playing a "shy but dazzling" Brazilian chef who wins the hearts and palates of all San Francisco in Woman on Top, may still be shaky with her English, but she knows, with absolute certainty, how to capture the camera.
March 26, 1992 |
Watching a chicken be deboned in 21 seconds by the star of a cooking show is not your typical college class. But when Martin Yan, the comedic host of the PBS show, "Yan Can Cook," visited Widener University, students in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management had an hour break from the classroom routine. Yan, who passing through the area Friday as a participant in The Cook and The Book Fair, performed a short course on Chinese and Pacific Rim cuisine. He shared stories not only of Chinese cooking but of Chinese culture.
March 6, 1995 |
Platypus man - a short-legged night-feeder who lives alone and tries to mate frequently, with limited success. A/k/a comic Richard Jeni, a/k/a a sitcom starring the New York City native Monday nights at 9 p.m. on the new United Paramount Network. The show airs locally on Channel 57. "There are now three or four shows in the top 10 that star standup comics, so everyone wants the next (standup star)," says the glib, fast-talking comedian, explaining why he has gone the sitcom route.
September 13, 2008
What's cookin'? The story Wednesday about the prime minister of Thailand being forced to step down because he accepted payments for doing a television cooking show called Tasting and Complaining (definitely something lost in translation there) got me thinking. How does a government leader have time to do a weekly cooking show and run a country? More important, what dishes did he make? Can you imagine an American president doing a cooking show? And, what would he - or she - make?
June 7, 2012 |
Center City's Good Dog Bar (224 S. 15th St., 215-985-9600, gooddogbar.com ) has lots of fans in the restaurant biz. Now owners Dave Garry and Heather Gleason, with partner Tom Darby, are returning the love with The Industry (1401-1403 E. Moyamensing Ave., 215-271-9500), a neighborhood restaurant and bar serving seasonal American dishes from Chef Pat Szoke. Szoke has worked at The Farm and Fisherman, Vetri and Buddakan. It's open to all, of course, but there will be daily discounts for industry workers (with valid proof)
August 4, 2008 |
Make that two Philly-area guys from the recent Next Food Network Star to get their own series. Winner Aaron McCargo Jr. of Camden premiered Big Daddy's House yesterday. South Philly's Adam Gertler, one of two runners-up, is in L.A. shooting Will Work for Food. Gertler's half-hour Food Network show combines his comedy with a sense of adventure and premieres at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 30. It's not a cooking show, per se. Gertler will show how people in the food business do their jobs.
June 15, 2012
LOCAL EVENT PLANNER/model Lindsay Furman is one of the new surprise women added to the cast of NBC's "Love in the Wild. " Furman, of Fairmount, and five other new women were seen at the very end of Tuesday's episode but will be introduced next week, when they will try to couple up with the male contestants on the dating/adventure reality show. "What is this? In walks the sluttiest-looking girls to come in here and steal our guys from us," Manayunk's Jenny Blatt, an original cast mate, said on the show when Furman and Co. showed up. No idea how long Furman, 30, who models with MMC in New York, sticks around on the show, but we are told that she now has a boyfriend she met after the show.