bflaybook000x0345x388I am sure that you’ve heard of the Iron Chef’s burger book, as I like to call it, by now. If you do not like burgers, then forget reading this post. But then again, who does not like burgers??? I mean, there must be a reason that a chef of Bobby Flay’s standing spent time and money writing an entire cookbook about burgers!

So how has the book fared so far? Unfortunately, I have only seen a couple of recipes from it – thanks to the Internet – but I have not had the chance to actually get the book for myself. I was reading Robin Currie’s review of the cookbook, however, and I am pretty convinced that I should get my own copy. The juiciest parts of the review:

The book, much like the author, is fun, relaxed, straightforward, and easy to like. It includes burger recipes for ground beef, turkey, salmon, and tuna; fries, chips, shakes, and condiments. It gives terrific information on how to make the actual burger (not too thick, and use your thumb to make a dent in the middle of the patty to ensure even cooking, so it won’t puff up in the center.)

But the book is really all about the toppings, offering dozens of ideas for branching out from the familiar lettuce and tomato and for using some regional/cultural creativity.

Aside from info on how to make the patty, I like the possibilities that the book is said to provide with regard to toppings. I love everything on my burger and I can’t wait to discover other things to put in it!

I guess I am off to find this cookbook.

gregIt seems that celebrity chefs are getting younger by the day. Earlier this month, I featured a very young celebrity, Julian Kreusser, who has his own cooking show at the tender age of 5. Today, I just read about another young celebrity chef, albeit a little older. At age 13, Greg Grossman is making a name for himself.

So who is Greg Grossman? He is from East Hampton, New York, and he has been catering since he was 11 years old. The first inkling that his parents had that he was a prodigy was when he served them pan seared scallops under a balsamic vinegar glaze with a wild-mushroom medley way back when he was only 10 years old. The rest, as they say, is history.

I wonder how he acquired his skills. If you ask his mom, though, she would tell you that he “practically teethed at Nobu, Cipriani and the Four Seasons Hotel in Palm Beach.” That probably developed his palate into a very discerning one at this very young age.

However talented he may be, Grossman cannot really call himself an official caterer at the moment. This is largely due to the fact that the law does not allow the issuance of catering licenses to 13-year-olds. More so, we have the issue of child labor. He does, however, go around by the tag of “personal chef.” He is also currently shooting a series which is still to find a home in one of the cable channels. I dare say we will be hearing more from this young chef in the near future.

imagephpAre you a fan of making the impossible possible? Then you probably love Food Network’s show Dinner: Impossible. Hosted by Robert Irvine, the show is packed with excitement as he struggles to meet deadlines with ambitious goals.

The bad news is that the season will end in August of this year. The good news is that the channel has already given the go signal for a new season. From Monsters and Critics, we get the dish on the chef and his show:

Every Wednesday at 10pm ET/PT, he accepts a variety of missions like an extreme dinner for 200 Winter X Games athletes, preparing odd but tasty combinations of food for 450 Yahoo! employees or taking a gamble on a mission at the renowned casino at Mohegan Sun. Can he complete the task before time runs out or will it be Dinner: Impossible?

Born in England, Irvine began cooking at the age of 15, when he joined the Royal Navy. As part of his service, he worked on board the Royal Yacht Britannia where the Royal Family and their entourages regularly dined.

In addition, Robert participated in a guest chef program, allowing him to cook at the White House.

In his 25 year-long career, he had the opportunity to serve 6,000 servicemen and women on a US aircraft carrier and plan the menu at a spectacular celebrity-studded after-party at the Academy Awards.
Robert also wrote a cookbook entitled “Mission: Cook!” (Harper Collins, 2007). He currently owns his own multi-faceted company, The Irvine Group.

I guess we’re up for more exciting episodes once they finish taping.

32267_1_230Who is your favorite celebrity chef? I bet that I would get tons of different answers from each of you. More so, I bet that all of them would be at least 30 years old. I would even go as far as to say that no one would be less than 20 years old, much less someone who is 5 years old.

But yes, there is a celebrity chef who is aged 5! His name is Julian Kreusser and boy, is he cute! At this very young age, Julian says that he has always dreamt of having his own cooking show, well, at least since he was four years old. Now that he is five, his dreams have come true. Talk about getting your wish!

Julian is the host of The Big Kitchen With Food, a TV program that is shown over the Portland Community Media. True, it is not The Food Network or some other big cable channel, but hey, how many 5-year-olds can say that they have their own cooking show?

I have never seen his show, but Sylvia McDaniel, the executive director of Portland Community Media, says that viewers are loving Julian and his show. She says that in spite of his age (did I mention that Julian is only 5?), he actually understands what he is doing and is not simply following orders.

What can I say? I have to see this show. Heck, I can’t even trust my 8-year-old brother to make me a scrambled egg yet!