Show 8: December 8, 2012: Stan Frazier

Well-known in music circles as the drummer and principal song writer for the band, Sugar Ray. Stan also is a serious amateur chef who was a contestant on BBC America’s new reality cooking series, “Chef Race : U.K. vs. U.S” which was executive produced by Jamie Oliver. Stan also owns a piece of A Restaurant in Newport Beach where he resides.

Back on October 2nd “Chef Race” debuted with 16 chefs, 8 Americans and 8 Brits, starting their cross-country journey on the Santa Monica Pier. They raced to New York City (raising money along the way) where the last chef standing walked away with a cool $100,000 and a lot of personal satisfaction.

Stan was clearly the wild card contestant yet he prevailed ! He competed with dignity which was a quality not shares by all of his fellow contestants. Go USA!

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December 8: Thomas Keller, Wild Things Seafood, Scott Conant, Chef Race Champion

Podcasts

Segment One: Jet Tila on Fresh Seafood
Segment Two: Thomas Keller of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group
Segment Three: Jeff Moore – President of International Pacific Seafoods (parent of Wild Things Seafood.)
Segment Four: Gisele Perez
Segment Five: Chef Scott Conant
Segment Six: Stan Frazier

Wild Things Seafood in FullertonWe’re broadcasting live this morning from the Wild Things Seafood plant in Fullerton. (Easy to get to via the Freeways.) It’s there BIG annual Holiday sale. The highest quality seafood and steaks are available at very special prices. If you’re there during our broadcast between 10:30 a.m. and Noon you’ll get an extra $10 off your order!

The festivities include informative cooking demos, tastings, AM 830 KLAA giveaways, and great recipes.

(866) 360-FISH (3474) for directions.

Chef Jet has an extensive background in seafood and is an accomplished amateur angler. He’ll be talking Seafood 411 basics to get the conversation going.

Chef Thomas Keller of Bouchon, per se and French LaundryWe’re thrilled to welcome Thomas Keller to the show. He’s probably the most talked about chef in the country. His restaurants, The French Laundry, per se, and Bouchon (the original in Yountville, the Napa Valley,) have earned an impressive 7 Michelin Stars!

Chef Keller is just completing an extensive book tour in support of The Bouchon Bakery Cookbook.

On Monday evening, December 10th he’s signing books at Williams-Sonoma in Beverly Hills. On the evening of December 11th he’s encoring in Orange County at the Williams-Sonoma in South Coast Plaza.

Jeff Moore is the President of International Pacific Seafoods (the corporate parent of Wild Things Seafood.) He’s a recognized authority on all things seafood including responsible and sustainable practices. He’s much in demand nationally as a highly articulate speaker representing the Industry. He also teaches food service suppliers how to merchandise seafood to their own customers.

Jeff will be joining us to tell you what you need to know about the recent headline stories regarding the mislabeling of seafood products at the retail level.

Oysters Rockefeller is a classic celebratory Holiday dish which originated at the legendary Antoine’s in New Orleans which opened in 1840. New Orleans native Gisele Perez who writes for OKRA, the official magazine of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, revisited the classic Oysters Rockefeller at Antoine’s last spring and will share her thoughts.

New Orleans food writer Tom Fitzmorris (Hungry Town, A Culinary History of New Orleans) has developed a well-researched replica recipe for Antoine’s Oysters Rockefeller because Antoine’s keeps the original under wraps as a carefully protected Family secret. Gisele reports it took him 50 tries to match the flavor of the Antoine’s recipe. An Antoine’s insider regards the Fitzmorris recipe as “embarrassingly close” to the genuine menu item as served at Antoine’s!

“The Feast of the Seven Fishes” is a classic Italian and Italian-American tradition for Christmas Eve dinner.

Scott Conant of Scarpetta and Food NetworkCelebrity chef Scott Conant of Food Network’s “Chopped” and “24 Hour Restaurant Battle” joins us from Las Vegas to discuss this delightful tradition.

Conant’s flagship restaurant in Manhattan is Scarpetta but way out West we know him for the Scarpetta at The Montage Beverly Hills and a Scarpetta in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas as well as D.O.C.G. Enoteca, a wine bar.

We’ve been following “Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S.” since it’s debut on BBC America on Oct. 2nd. 16 chefs (half Brits & half Americans) competed in difficult challenges along the way as they raced across the country from Santa Monica to New York. At the end one chef was left standing and was awarded a cool $100,000 for the effort. Jamie Oliver, “The Naked Chef,” himself executive produced the series.

That winning chef was Newport Beach’s own, Stan Frazier, who is a drummer in the rock band Sugar Ray. He also has an ownership interest in A Restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. He was clearly the wild card contestant. Stan will be our guest. Go USA!

Podcasts

Segment One: Jet Tila on Fresh Seafood
Segment Two: Thomas Keller of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group
Segment Three: Jeff Moore – President of International Pacific Seafoods (parent of Wild Things Seafood.)
Segment Four: Gisele Perez
Segment Five: Chef Scott Conant
Segment Six: Stan Frazier

Aarti Sequeira

Aarti SequeiraThe “SoCal Restaurant Show” proudly welcomes Food Network’s Aarti Sequeira as the very first guest on Oct. 6th.

Aarti, a Los Angeles resident, won Season 6 of “Food Network Star” (Food Network’s most-watched series) and went on to create the popular cooking-variety series, “Aarti Party” for food Network. She also competed on “Chopped All-Stars” for her favorite charity, Central City Community Outreach.

This year she was also seen on Cooking Channel with her special, “Hidden Eats, USA.” Early next year Aarti will debut a new series for Cooking Channel.

Aarti just returned from three weeks in India, including the southwest coast where she is from.

In addition to Aarti, our own Jet Tila will be dishing out his recent gastronomic experience at Grant Achatz’s Alinea in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago, Food GPS’ Josh Lurie will look back at last Saturday’s LA Beer Float Showdown as part of the fourth annual LA Beer Week. Speaking of beer, we’ll have Ed Murphy from the Blank Theatre in Hollywood discussing their upcoming Hollywood on Tap event at the Studios at Paramount on October 20th. And Brock Radke of Las Vegas Weekly will discuss what’s new in Las Vegas restaurants both on The Strip and off. Here’s Brock’s notes from his appearance.

It’s no wonder Jet wanted to hear all about the new Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace; the place is so huge, it’s hard to talk about anything else. It’s a big, beautiful buffet, but you might be shocked at how good the food tastes. Here’s what you really need to know to prep for the feast of your life:

The lines have been crazy long since Bacchanal opened last month, up to a 2-hour wait at dinner. Hit it for breakfast or lunch instead, when things move faster. Don’t get caught off guard by the prices, which have been bumped up a bit—$21.99 breakfast, $28.99 lunch, and $44.99 for dinner. Is that too spendy? I think I got my money’s worth just by demolishing the raw seafood bar. Don’t miss the dim sum and Asian soup section, both surprisingly good. Caesars actually stole a chef from Jet’s favorite Vegas ramen shop, Monta, to make sure they were doing it right. Be sure to save room for dessert, particularly the perfect individual soufflés.

As for the Nobu hotel and restaurant set for Caesars, the project got pushed a bit and is now set to open in the first quarter of 2013. So what’s next for the iconic Strip resort? Gordon Ramsay’s Pub, opening in December right off the main casino floor.

Podcasts:

Segment One: Aarti Sequeria – Part One
Segment Two: Aarti Sequeria – Part Two
Segment Three – LA Beer Float Showdown
Segment Four – Brock Radke’s Las Vegas Weekly Roundup
Segment Five – Jet at Alinea
Segment Six – Hollywood on Tap