What do you do on a daily basis?
I oversee the team that takes care of the food needs for about 15 shows, caters events in the kitchen, food-styles for photo shoots, develops recipes for Food Network Kitchens, sets show hosts up at local talk shows, preps and styles for vignettes, and many other projects. I also create the menus for our catered events, food-style photo shoots and co-blend entwine, as well as travel the country in support of it.
Who is your culinary icon?
Who is your favorite food TV personality, past or present?
Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet
What’s your favorite cookbook?
Jean-Louis Palladin's Cooking with the Seasons or Rick Bayless' Authentic Mexican
What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?
What’s your favorite condiment?
What’s the first dish you learned to make?
Sweet tooth, salty tooth or both?
What kitchen tool can’t you live without?
Besides my chef's knife, a rasp grater
What music do you like to listen to in the kitchen?
Modern or classic rock, as long as it has a good beat
What’s your favorite food scene from a movie?
Toss-up: the timpano from Big Night or the scene from Diner where the guy is eating the entire left side of the menu. (My favorite TV scene is the chocolate shop in I Love Lucy.)
What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage?
If you weren’t in food, what career would you have liked to have tried?
What’s your favorite “food city” to visit?
In the United States, Los Angeles. In Europe, Florence.