The TV Chef I Would Like To Take Cooking Lessons From

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  1. diver90
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    I'm torn and can't decide: Mario Batali, Heston Blumenthal, A non-screaming Gordon Ramsay or Michael Symon

    How 'bout you?
     
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    Just because they're on TV doesn't make them a good teacher!
     
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    Mario it is!
     
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    Several years ago my daughter, who was around 7, was a huge Food Network fan. She asked everyone who their favorite cook was on tv. I said my favorite was Rachel Ray because I thought she was cute. After that, she would always change the channel when Rachel was on.
     
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    I think for me, Nigella Lawson ;)
     
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    I adore Eric Ripert! He is often a guest judge on Top Chef and he seems like a nice guy! Although I did not take cooking lessons from him, I met him, Tom Colicchio, Wylie Dufrenne, and David Chang . They were eating at this great local deli in New Orleans last spring which I happened to walk into!
     
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    True, but it would be pretty interesting.

    Good one! I watched Avec Eric and have tried a few of his recipes. His very, very simple Salmon Rillettes are always a hit at dinner parties. The Herbed Goat Cheese and Guac are nice too.

    Eric Ripert Appetizers/Dips
     
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    Bourdain for me. Even if I learn nothing of cooking, it'd be a great time.
     
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    I would like to go bar / restaurant hopping with him. Cooking, not so much (spoken with a Borat accent).
     
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    I cook with my phone or my wife. So for me it'd be about the same.
     
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    Eric Ripert is defo out of my league, but how great would that be.

    Mine would be Giada DeLaurentis and Ina Gartner.
     
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    A bit OT, but four of us, including my prof. chef brother, booked two days (private) at a cooking school (Lot a Thai) in Chaing Mai to learn more Thai cooking. Fabulous experience! Lui is a talented chef! Earlier in the year, Gordon Ramsay went there to learn northern Thai. Lui said he never yelled and was very nice (guess he's different when he's the student, and not the teacher). The segment will be televised at some point this year.
     
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    I have a really, really old video from the 80's featuring Marco Pierre White and Gordon R. is a very young member of the brigade. It's quite amusing to see Gordon R. acting all subservient. I also read somewhere that Marco reduced GR to the point of tears at some point.(‘People say I made Gordon Ramsay cry,' says Marco. 'I say, "Gordon had two options: he chose to cry".')

    They were good buddies for a while, but I understand they had a falling out in the last several years.
     
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    Awesome experience.

    Regarding GR. I am sure he is a bit over the top for the TV. Jerks are what sell ratings.
     
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    I'd do Mario Batali too. I used to watch that show On the Road Again with him, Gwineth Paltrow, Mark Bittman and that glam Spanish girl on TV. Spanish cuisine is my favorite and it just seems so effortless to him.
     
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    We have a Batali restaurant in town. I honestly want nothing to do with him.
     
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    I have enjoyed the food/cooking shows of "The Hungry Girl" - a recent series - I am learning lots.

    http://www.hungry-girl.com/show
    http://www.hungry-girl.com

    Hungry Girl - Lisa Lillien - also has a website where she focuses on providing lower calorie options for popular dishes, with many recipes - fun personality and helpful information.
     
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    White made Ramsay look like a teddy bear. Then again, professional kitchens are often very macho places and the pressure is intense, so I suspect there are many, many chefs that are as big or bigger jerks, but simply not as successful.

    As for my choice of TV chef? I guess Ramsay or Batali. There are other celebrity chefs I'd rather spend time with, though, including David Chang and Ferran Adria, but they aren't on TV, are they?
     
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    Not on a regular basis. There is a very cool No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain eating most of the Momofuku menu with David Chang. Seriously food overload, but it looked pretty fabulous.

    Bourdain - Chang - No Res
     
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    LOL, I have three within ten blocks of my apartment!
     
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    Maybe I'm a bit older, but my first choice would be the always brilliant Jacques Pepin. If you haven't read his autobiography, do so--he's had quite a life and it's a wonderful read. And the recipes aren't too bad, either.

    (and I also remember taking notes as I watched "Julia and Jacques." Must get those dvds someday)
     
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    Jacques Pepin for me too.
     
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    Netflix to the rescue
     
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    I'd take Amanda Freitag. She seems very low key/down to earth.
     
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    True...but I might actually like to own these---so I can force them upon new cooks!
     
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