Show 100, December 6, 2014: Dorie Greenspan

Dorie GreenspanWith her groundbreaking bestseller, Around My French Table, renowned cookbook author and baker Dorie Greenspan changed the way Americans view French Food. Now in BAKING CHEZ MOI: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, she explores the captivating world of French desserts, bringing together a charmingly uncomplicated combination of contemporary recipes that emphasize the French knack for elegant simplicity.”

“A little over five years ago, Dorie set out to observe and write about some of the best French pastry chefs behind the world’s most accomplished desserts – those towering architectural confections that are as much art as food. She went in search of what she called her “Ph.D. in pastry.”

“However, it didn’t take her long to recognize that she was continually drawn to the simplest sweets – those of daily life – the home-baked cakes, tarts, pastries, and cookies we all crave every day. BAKING CHEZ MOI is the culmination of all of Dorie’s discoveries, an irresistible collection of radically simple desserts inspired by years of travel through France. Incorporating the country’s traditions, specialties, and seasonal ingredients as well as the recipes shared by talented home bakers and pastry chefs.

Dorie Greenspan joins us from Manhattan.

Show 17, February 16, 2013: Dean McDermott, Actor, “The Gourmet Dad, and contestant on Season 2 of Food Network’s “Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off.”

Dean McDermottSince Dean’s initial visit on the show he advanced to the finale competing against singer Carnie Wilson of Team Rachael for the $50,000 grand prize awarded to their favorite charity. There were more than a few speed bumps along the way to the finale.

Dean readily admits he has a tendency to over-cook.

His dessert was a rich, grilled pound cake with macerated berries. One of the judges, one of the most acclaimed pastry chefs in the country, Nancy Silverton, had high praise for this creation.

In the end, by one vote, Dean won the competition and $50,000 for Miracle Babies. Well done, Dean…

Since the competition he’s done Paula Dean’s Food Network show and will soon be in an episode of “Guy’s (Fieri) Big Bite.”

His first cookbook is in the writing stage and he hopes to do a pop-up dinner with Chef Jet in the coming months.

Show 1: October 6, 2012: Josh Lurie on LA Beer Float Showdown

Joshua Lurie of Food GPS reveals the winners of his 4th Annual L.A. Beer Float Showdown held on Sept. 29th at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village. Five teams of craft brewers and pastry chefs battle it out for the appreciative crowd. The champs from last year, Andre Guerrero and Jan Purdy (The Oinkster & Maximiliano) are back to defend their hard-earned title.