April 30, 2011
Luísa Fernandes was born in Monte Real, Leiria, Portugal. Luisa’s true passion has always been cooking. She always enjoys cooking for family and for friends. Professionaly, she was a orthopaedic surgery assistant nurse for 30 years. In 1998, she decided to take the risk and she opened her own restaurant “Tachos de São Bento”, in Lisbon. It was a bold at the time.
Luisa did not have any professional culinary experience besides her own recipes, but she still followed her heart. Luisa’s knowledge of food was always extensive. She visited the majority of countries in Europe as well as Malta, Canada, Morocco, México, Sudan and Ruanda (this last two working as a parachute nurse).
Born in Guangzhou, China, to a restaurateur father and a mother who operated a grocery store, Martin Yan possessed a passion for cooking at an early age. His formal induction into the culinary world began at age thirteen, with an apprenticeship at a popular Hong Kong restaurant.
He refined his natural talent at the Overseas Institute of Cookery in Hong Kong, and then pursued an MS in Food Science at The University of California/Davis in the US. He discovered a flair for teaching when he became an instructor in the university’s extension program. In 1978, he pioneered a daily TV Chinese cooking show: the now classic “Yan Can Cook.” Infusing lessons with his characteristic warmth, humor and vitality, he quickly won a devoted following. He developed the show’s format into a culinary travelogue, featuring culinary hot spots throughout Asia.
April 29, 2011
Norman Bin Musa (born 20 November 1974) is a Malaysian chef and restaurateur, based in Manchester, United Kingdom. Born in Butterworth, Penang in Malaysia, he is the creator, co-owner and Executive Chef of Ning restaurant.
Norman Musa has a natural gift for his native Malaysian food, being self taught and mentored in his skills by his late mother who was well known for her cooking in his home town of Butterworth in Penang, Malaysia. He is a Manchester Chef of the Year finalist, Race Chef for the Lotus Racing Formula One™ team and a member of the Prestige Magazine Malaysia’s Top 40 Under 40 List 2010.
Aldo Zilli (born 26 January 1956) is an Italian-born celebrity chef who specialises in Italian cuisine. One of nine children, he was born in the small seaside town of Alba Adriatica in the central Italian region of Abruzzo. He has been a resident of the UK since moving to England in 1976.
He has appeared on television in One Man and His Hob, Good Food Live as well as in the third series of Celebrity Fit Club, in which he lost 15.5 kilos (2 stone 6 pounds), and impressed the panel so much they made him team captain replacing Julie Goodyear. His team won the series. He owns various restaurants around London, all with Zilli in their title.
Eddie Shepherd is a 26-year-old one of a kind, exciting, award winning, vegetarian chef. Described as “the Heston Blumenthal of the vegetarian world” Eddie uses modern cookery techniques and culinary flair to produce innovative dishes that challenge any preconceptions of what vegetarian food can be. And in 2009 his unique, creative and ambitious cooking won him the title of Cordon-verts ‘Chef of the future’.
Buzzing with enthusiasm and obsessive about great modern food Eddie is driven by a desire to show just how brilliant, cleverly conceived, meat-free cuisine can be. His food is a far cry from brown rice and boiled veg, think instead of clouds of scented fog, crackling fizzing delights and intense flavours.
Jean-Christophe Novelli (born 22 February 1961) is a French celebrity chef.Born in Arras, Northern France, in 1961, in a family with Italian roots, Jean-Christophe Novelli worked in a bakery before becoming (at the age of 20) a personal chef to the Rothschild family.
Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning chef, who is also dubbed "the nation's favourite French Chef". He began his exciting career at the age of fourteen as a baker in his home town of Arras, Northern France, before becoming private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild in Paris at the age of 19. Jean-Christophe's life changed completely when he arrived in Great Britain in 1983. He spent a year taking care of Keith Floyd's pub, ‘The Maltsters', as Head Chef whilst Keith was filming his famous TV Shows.
Marco Pierre White (born 11 December 1961) is a British celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality. He is noted for his contributions to contemporary international cuisine, and his exceptional culinary skills. White has been dubbed the first celebrity chef, the enfant terrible of the UK restaurant scene and the Godfather of modern cooking. White was, at the time, the youngest chef ever to have been awarded three Michelin stars. He has trained chefs such as Gordon Ramsay.
After leaving Allerton High School in Leeds without any qualifications, White decided to train as a chef. He began his training in the kitchen at the Hotel St George in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and later at the Box Tree in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Arriving in London as a 16-year-old with "£7.36, a box of books and a bag of clothes", he began his classical training as a commis under Albert Roux and Michel Roux at Le Gavroche, a period that would lead Albert to describe him as "my little bunny".
April 28, 2011
Bobby Flay's culinary versatility is evident in the multiple talents he brings to the field: as a critically-acclaimed chef/restaurateur, award-winning cookbook author and television personality. However his first priority always remains with his restaurants.
Flay discovered his culinary identity at the age of 17, working as a cook at the famed theatre district haunt, Joe Allen's. This eventually led Flay to study at The French Culinary Institute where he earned the first "Outstanding Graduate Award" in 1993.
Michael Smith, Canada’s best-known chef is the winner of the James Beard Award for Cooking Show Excellence and host of Chef Abroad, Chef at Home, Chef at Large and The Inn Chef on Food Network Canada and in more than 100 other countries. Currently Michael is in production on a brand new series that will begin airing in Fall 2011 on Food Network Canada.
Michael is Prince Edward Islands official food ambassador, an award winning cookbook author, newspaper columnist, professional chef and home cook. In 2010 he led the team of chefs that cooked for the worlds Olympians in the Whistler Athletes Village.
New York Times best-selling author Ellie Krieger helps people of all ages achieve balance in food, health and life, and have joy right at their fingertips. She is a registered dietician and host of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite.
Ellie’s warmth and charisma have made her the go-to nutritionist, with a lifestyle emphasis, in the media today. Her success can be attributed to her way of offering real advice without any of the gimmicks and crash diets that permeate today’s news.
George Galombaris has been awarded more accolades for his work than most receive in a lifetime and this exuberant chef is still only 31 years of age. George's molecular gastronomy has seen him become a much talked about chef in the international cooking circuit. In 2004, the Global Food and Wine Magazine voted George one of the worlds Top 40 Chefs of Influence.
April 27, 2011
Alain Ducasse (born 13 September 1956) is a Monégasque chef. He formerly held French nationality. He operates a number of restaurants including Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester which holds three stars (the top ranking) in the Michelin Guide.
Ducasse was born in Orthez, but educated on a farm in Castel-Sarrazin in southwestern France. In 1972, when he was sixteen, Ducasse began an apprenticeship at the Pavillon Landais restaurant in Soustons and at the Bordeaux hotel school. After this apprenticeship, he began work at Michel Guérard’s restaurant in Eugénie-les-Bains while also working for Gaston Lenôtre during the summer months. In 1977, Ducasse started working as an assistant at Moulin de Mougins under legendary chef Roger Vergé, creator of Cuisine du Soleil, and learned the Provençal cooking methods for which he was later known.
Joël Robuchon (born 7 April 1945 in Poitiers, France) is a French chef and restaurateur. He was titled "Chef of the Century" by the guide Gault Millau in 1989 and also awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (France's Best Craftsman) in cuisine in 1976.
He has published several cookbooks in French, two of which have been translated into English, has chaired the committee for the current edition of the Larousse Gastronomique, and has hosted culinary television shows in France. He operates a dozen restaurants in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Macau, Monaco, New York City, Paris, Taipei, and Tokyo, with a total of 26 Michelin Guide stars among them – the most of any chef in the world.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Anna Olson moved to Toronto, Ontario with her family when she was six. Anna has fond memories of yearly trips from Toronto to New York State, Pennsylvania and Ohio to visit her grandparents, aunts and uncles, traveling through Niagara's fruit belt and the orchards bordering the route. The family would regularly make stops at farmer's fruit stands to pick up fresh goodies for the relatives.
Born in Michigan in 1974, Grant Achatz grew up in the restaurant industry, literally, his parents and grandparents being restaurateurs. Naturally curious and always driven, he could be found in the kitchen by his twelfth birthday and over the coming years spent most of his free time there, learning the basics and developing the skills that would allow him to become one of the foremost innovators in the field. Early on he realized he wanted to be a chef, and upon graduating from high school immediately enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America.
April 26, 2011
Giada Pamela De Laurentiis born August 22, 1970) is an Italian American chef, writer, television personality, and the host of the current Food Network program Giada at Home. She also appears regularly as a contributor and guest co-host on NBC's Today. De Laurentiis is the founder of the catering business GDL Foods.
Born in Rome, Giada grew up in a large Italian family where the culture of food was a staple in and of itself. As the granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis, Giada consistently found herself in the family’s kitchen and spent a great deal of time at her grandfather’s restaurant, DDL Foodshow.
Jacques Pépin (born December 18, 1935) is an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and author working in the United States. Born in Bourg-en-Bresse, Lyon in France, Pepin was raised by a father and mother who jointly owned a restaurant, where he later credited the start of his love for food. He later studied in France and came to the U.S. to work at a French restaurant while learning English at night school.
Between the 1950s and 1970s, he worked in restaurants, earned degrees from French schools and an M.A. from Columbia University, and cooked for numerous people, including French President Charles de Gaulle. At the end of the 1980s and the start of the 1990s, he appeared on French and American T.V. and wrote an array of cookbooks that became immediate best sellers.
April 25, 2011
Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa; born March 10, 1949 is a celebrity chef and restaurateur known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with South American (Peruvian and Argentine) ingredients. His signature dish is black cod in miso.
Nobu was born in Saitama, Japan. When he was six years old, his father died in a traffic accident and he and his two older brothers were raised by his mother. After graduating from high school, he worked at the restaurant Matsue Sushi in Shinjuku, Tokyo for seven years, and was invited by a regular customer who was a Peruvian entrepreneur of Japanese descent to open a Japanese restaurant in Peru.
Claus Meyer was born on 27 December 1963 in Nykøbing-Falster (South of Zealand). He graduated from Nykøbing-Falster Cathedral School in 1983 and after a year as an au pair in France he went to Copenhagen where he completed cand.merc international (BLC/Sprøk) specialising in business start-up and business development.
For more than 20 years, Claus Meyer has been pointing out shortcomings and possibilities within the Danish food culture. Through food policy business, lectures, participation in the public food debate and his TV-programmes and cookbooks he has tried to show the way to a higher quality of food and meals.
Franck Pontais is a chef traiteur, Charcutier and Butcher who really enjoys sharing his passion with the catering industry and the retail sector, as well as teaching in culinary schools and demonstrating for different corporations.
In his Persuit to continue learning and advance his skills further Frank worked for Harrods and Selfridges in variouse culinery roles, most notably at Selfridges where he launched the Traiteur Department in Manchester, Frank is also well known from the BBC Ready Steady Cook Programe. Most recently Franck won Iron Chef UK in December 2010. Franck also demonstrated cookery using Singapore Food Products in 2010 at Paris.
Nigel Brown was born in Bridlington, East Yorkshire on 25th June 1966, the youngest son of parents who have spent a lifetime in the Hotel and Catering industry. It is not surprising then, that Nigel, having grown up in this environment, should follow in their footsteps. From his teenage years Nigel spent much of his time "learning the ropes" at their family restaurant, then known as "The Four Winds", a sizeable conference and banqueting centre near Driffield, East Yorkshire. His formal catering training started when at 16 he spent 2 years at Hull College, 2 at Scarborough and a year each at Grimsby and Beverley College.
Nigel has regularly appeared on BBC Radio Humberside's morning show giving hints, tips and recipe advice. During his career he's worked at some of the UK's biggest and busiest hotels and competed in many national competitions including the London Hotelympia Salon Culinaire competitions and also won a place in the Forte's Chef of the Year competition.
Celebrity chef Zipora is a world-class gourmet chef and scientific food coach who is pioneering a groundbreaking approach to healthy cooking. Her impressive resume includes being the personal chef of some of the most notable celebrities in Hollywood including Mariah Carey, Pierce Brosnan, and Scarlett Johansson, just to name a few. Furthermore, she has also been the personal chef of celebrity athletes such as Donovan McNabb of the Washington Redskins.
Ian Matfin was born in Newcastle and learned basic cookery skills at an early age from his mum and gran. He started his cooking career at the city’s Country House Hotel and didn’t look back, going on to cook at the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the north-east at the time, Newcastle’s 21 Queen Street. From there Ian worked at a number of prestigious London restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Claridge’s and Aubergine and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.
After a career in the commercial world, Kumud Gandhi went on to pursue her life-long ambition of working with food by re-training in food science. She now runs a very successful Cooking Academy and catering company The Saffron House. Often called upon to provide expert comment for national print media, radio and television, Kumud is a natural broadcaster and her work is widely published throughout the country. She offers a unique insight into the diverse world of cooking and a very grounded understanding of the nutritional and medicinal value of foods.
In April 2009, stunning canapés created by Kumud debuted in a sophisticated cocktail party scene on our TV screens alongside actors Ray Winston and Parminder Nagra in the compelling ITV drama “Compulsion”. Kumud has also worked closely with Fashion TV and recently catered for the launch of “The World’s Most Expensive Suit”. She is currently leading Britain’s Biggest Curry Party, a campaign to raise awareness for the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer.
Simon Rimmer (born 5 May 1963) is the resident chef on BBC2's Something for the Weekend, which first aired on Sunday 8 October 2006, and is also the face of cooking video website, Eat The Chef. Simon Rimmer became known for the innovative vegetarian food of his Manchester restaurant Greens, which opened in 1990. He went on to open Earle, a modern brasserie in Cheshire, in 2006, with business partners including his wife, friends, footballer Jason McAteer and football agent Dave Lockwood.
Simon's television career began on lifestyle channel Granada Breeze. He has since appeared in and presented many BBC programmes but is probably most famous as the face of Something for the Weekend. Simon has a degree in fashion and textile design, and, when not busy with cooking and television, continues to freelance as a textile designer and ceramic decorator.
William Todd English (born August 29, 1960) is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, entrepreneur, and television personality based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He is best known for his restaurant, Olives, located in both Boston, Massachusetts, and Las Vegas, Nevada and his TV cooking show, Food Trip with Todd English, on PBS.
English's first restaurant, Olives, opened in Charlestown, Massachusetts in April 1989. The food is "rustic Mediterranean," with a strong influence from Italian cuisine. The restaurant was named Best New Restaurant by Boston magazine, and has been honored as Best Food and Top Table by Gourmet magazine.
Emeril Lagasse received his first culinary experience from his mother, Hilda, when he was a boy growing up in the small town of Fall River, Massachusetts. As a teenager, he worked at a Portuguese bakery where he mastered the art of bread and pastry baking. Upon high school graduation, Lagasse was offered a full scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music, but decided to pursue a career as a professional chef.
He earned a degree from the respected culinary fortress, Johnson and Wales University, and later received an honorary Doctorate degree from the university. Lagasse then traveled to Paris and Lyon where he polished his skills and learned the art of classic French cuisine. Lagasse is now the chef-proprietor of 12 restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, Gulfport and Bethlehem.
Sandra Lee (born Sandra Lee Christiansen on July 3, 1966) has a passion for simple solutions that create dramatic results in all areas of home life. She is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, the host of two highly rated television shows on Food Network (the multi-Emmy-nominated Semi-Homemade Cooking With Sandra Lee and Sandra’s Money Saving Meals) and the host of Sandra Lee Celebrates, a series of primetime specials on HGTV. Sandra Lee is also a New York Times bestselling author with 23 books to her credit including the 2011 spring release of the Sandra Lee Bake Sale Cookbook.
April 24, 2011
Born in 1951 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Antony Worrall Thompson’s passage to culinary stardom has not exactly been smooth. Antony’s story very nearly came to an abrupt halt at the age of sixteen when his face was crushed in an horrific rugby accident, which left him badly disfigured. But pioneering surgery saved the day, enabling Antony to pursue what was to become the enduring love of his life – cooking.
Laura Calder is an author and host of the Food Network Canada program, French Food at Home; it is filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, airing on Food Network Canada, the Asian Food Channel, and Cooking Channel. She was born in Long Reach, New Brunswick.
She gave up a desk job in an office in Toronto, Ontario to pursue her dream of becoming a chef. She moved across the country to Vancouver, British Columbia to attend culinary school. Her interest in French cuisine began after she got a job in California working with wine. Once that ended, she met Anne Willan at a food writers' conference who told her to come to Paris to work on a book about wine and food—a stay that was supposed to last nine months, but ended up lasting seven years.
Growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen learned early in life that it takes a woman of substance to make it in this world. As a young girl, she spent countless hours in her Grandmother Paul's kitchen, learning and memorizing the same recipes that still line her dinner table today. They are the kind of recipes that only grandmothers can teach- a pinch of this, a dash of that, and a whole lot of love.
With multiple television shows, countless cookbooks, a bi-monthly magazine, an ever-expanding product line and several Southern-style restaurants, her kitchen just keeps getting hotter, and hotter. Despite her success, however, Paula knows the meaning of good friends, good family, and of course- good food.
Wolfgang Puck began cooking at his mother's side as a child. She was a chef in the Austrian town where he was born, and with her encouragement, Wolfgang began his formal training at fourteen years of age. As a young chef he worked in some of France's greatest restaurants, including Maxim's in Paris, the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, and the Michelin 3-starred L'Oustau de Baumanière in Provence. At the age of 24, Wolfgang took the advice of a friend and left Europe for the United States. His first job was at the restaurant La Tour in Indianapolis, where he worked from 1973 to 1975.
Growing up in a family steeped in culinary tradition, Rachael Ray was exposed to a wide range of cooking techniques, from her maternal grandfather who grew and cooked everything his family of 12 ate, to her dad's family, which embraced the food-rich traditions of Louisiana.
The Ray family owned several restaurants on Cape Cod, Mass., before relocating to upstate New York, where her mother worked as the food supervisor for a restaurant chain. "I was surrounded by all different styles of cooking and worked in the food service industry in just about every capacity you can imagine," Rachael says.
Culinary adventurer Bob Blumer is the host and co-creator of the award-winning television series Glutton for Punishment. The series, now taping it’s fifth season, is produced by Paperny Films for Food Network Canada. It airs on the Food Network in the U.S. as well as in over thirty countries world-wide.
Blumer is an instantly recognizable personality, best-known as the creator and host of the Food Network series Surreal Gourmet, one of the most innovative and entertaining cooking shows on television. The award-winning show, two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Best Information Program, ran for five seasons and is still seen in over twenty-five countries.
Critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur, award-winning author, and television personality, Mario Batali is arguably one of the most recognized and respected chefs working in America today. Together with his business partner Joe Bastianich, the duo have created an uber- successful restaurant and culinary empire in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Singapore.
Chef Wan or Redzuawan Ismail is the 'Food Ambassador of Malaysia'. Creative, enthusiastic and passionate about his country and it's food, he has successfully traveled the world introducing the culinary art of Malaysian Cuisine. An Actor, Entertainer, enthusiastic and vibrant entrepreneur who’s talents are not limited to just his exceptional culinary skills. A demanding professional at all times with an over whelming passion to introduce and excite the world with the unique flavours of Malaysian Cuisine.
A talented writer, broadcaster and campaigner, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is widely known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books.
His early smallholding experiences were shown in the Channel 4 River Cottage series and led to the publication of The River Cottage Cookbook (2001), which won the Glenfiddich Trophy and the André Simon Food Book of the Year awards. The success of the show and the books allowed Hugh to establish River Cottage HQ near Bridport in 2004.
Scottish by birth, Gordon Ramsay was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, from the age of five. With an injury prematurely putting an end to any hopes of a promising career in football, he went back to college to complete a course in hotel management.
Gordon’s first years in the kitchen were spent training under culinary luminaries such as Marco Pierre White and Albert Roux in London, after which he moved to France to work in the kitchens of Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon for three years, where he was able to enhance his expertise in classic French cooking. In 1993 Gordon became chef of the newly opened Aubergine and within three years the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars.
Nigella Lucy Lawson (born 6 January 1960) is a British food writer, journalist and broadcaster. Lawson is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa Salmon, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. empire. After graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Lawson started work as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, later becoming the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986.
She then embarked upon a career as a freelance journalist, writing for a number of newspapers and magazines. In 1998, Lawson brought out her first cookery book, How to Eat, which sold 300,000 copies and became a bestseller. She went on to write her second book in 2000, How to be a Domestic Goddess, winning her the British Book Award for Author of the Year.
Daniel Boulud (born March 25, 1955 in Saint-Pierre de Chandieu, France) is a French chef and restaurateur with restaurants in New York City, Palm Beach, Miami, Vancouver and Beijing. He is best known for Daniel, his eponymous, Michelin 3-star restaurant in New York City.
While raised on a farm outside of Lyon and trained by renowned French chefs, Boulud made his reputation in New York, first as a chef and most recently a restaurateur. His management company, The Dinex Group, currently includes six restaurants and Feast & Fêtes Catering. His restaurants include Daniel, Café Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne, Bar Boulud, and DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York City. He has also created Café Boulud in Palm Beach and the Michelin-star Daniel Boulud Brasserie in Las Vegas (since closed).
Anthony Bourdain is a celebrity chef, world traveler, bestselling author, and host of The Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Born in 1956, Anthony Bourdain attended Vassar College and graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America. He began running New York kitchens at restaurants such as Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s. His extensive body of work has graced the pages of The Times, New York Times, Observer, the Face, and Scotland on Sunday. He is an ongoing contributor and authority for Food Arts magazine. Tony currently lives in Manhattan and works as executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles.
Curtis Stone is a 'young gun' Australian Chef, classically trained in London under the legendary Marco Pierre White. He is the face of a new generation of Chefs. Curtis is an author and presenter of the globally successful cooking/lifestyle program, 'Surfing the Menu', and has one of America's most popular reality/cooking shows titled, 'Take Home Chef'. His success in the US has been phenomenal, with People Magazine voting him as one of the sexiest men alive.
Jamie Oliver is a phenomenon in the world of food. He is one of the world's best-loved television personalities and one of Britain's most famous exports. Jamie has had huge success with television series The Naked Chef (BBC), Jamie's Kitchen, Jamie's School Dinners, Jamie's Great Italian Escape, Return to School Dinners, Jamie's Chef, Jamie at Home , Jamie's Ministry of Food , Jamie Does.... and more recently Jamie's 30 Minute Meals and the Emmy Award-winning Jamie's Food Revolution (ABC), as well as the one-off specials Jamie's Fowl Dinners, Eat To Save Your Life, Jamie Saves Our Bacon and Jamie's Fish Suppers (all for Channel 4).