Show 143, October 24, 2015: Celebrity Chef Graham Elliott

Graham ElliotChicago-based Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot, co-host of the popular FOX TV series, “MasterChef” and “Master Chef Junior,” and the host of the new Food Network show, “Craziest Restaurants in America,” wants everyone to cook.

He’s now written his first cookbook, Cooking Like a Master Chef: 100 Recipes to Make the Everyday Extraordinary. Chef Gordon Ramsay (Chef Graham’s colleague on “MasterChef”) wrote the thoughtful Foreward and, surprisingly, there is not an expletive included…

It’s an entertaining, accessible guide for the home cook to create delicious, beautiful food for every occasion. Chef Graham teaches great techniques and encourages everyone to have a lot of fun along the way. It’s all in line with his philosophy that there is no right or wrong when it comes to creativity in the kitchen.

Grouped by season, Chef Graham’s one hundred recipes are illustrated with gorgeous, full-color photographs and accompanied by simple, straightforward instructions – with some intriguingly tasty twists. Chef Graham believes that whether you are a top-notch chef or a talented home-cook, sometimes you want to be spontaneous and improvise, like a jazz musician.

Chef Graham is the Culinary Director (since 2010) for Chicago’ annual Lollapalooza music festival. He shares his recipes for Truffled Popcorn and the Lollapalooza Lobster Corn Dogs which are his signature creations there. In the 3-day festival he sells over 15,000 “Corn Dogs”!

Chef Elliot joins us with a preview of the book.