Show 209, February 4, 2017: Team USA Head Coach Chef Philip Tessier, Hestan Smart Cooking Culinary Director

Team USA wins Hold at the 2017 Bocuse D'orWe’ve been enthusiastically following Team USA’s progress (backed by the ment’or BKB Foundation) in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition for the last five years. Late last month Team USA achieved the impossible – Gold in Lyon. Team USA’s Coach Philip Tessier and Team USA Vice President Gavin Kaysen join us to savor this tremendous achievement for the culinary arts in the United States. Both are former competitors in the Bocuse d’Or themselves.

Kudos to Team USA’s Chef Mathew Peters and Commis Harrision Turone

USA’s Team USA Coach, Chef Philip Tessier, joins us now.

Team USA Coach Philip Tessier (who is also the Hestan Smart Cooking Culinary Director) is no stranger to the Bocuse d’Or. In 2015 he represented Team USA and was awarded the Silver Medal.

This was the first time in the (then) 28-year history of Bocuse d’Or that an American chef had been on the Victory Stand. Incredibly, only 9 points (out of a maximum of 2,000) separated Gold and Silver in 2015.

Previously from a field of 24 countries the USA had never placed higher than 6th.



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.


Show 88, September 13, 2014: Zov Karmardian, Zov’s Bistro

Zov Karamardian or Zov's in TustinChef, restaurateur and cookbook author Zov Karmardian of the flagship Zov’s Bistro in Tustin needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” An Anaheim Zov’s near Angel Stadium is in the works and soon to launch.

Zov also has brought on board as Culinary Director, Louie Jocson. You know Chef Louie as the executive chef and creator of the glowingly-reviewed Red Table in Huntington Beach. This is a return, of sorts, for Chef Jocson. In high school (before culinary school) he washed dishes at Zov’s as well as peeled garlic and chopped parsley.