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Chefs' Culinary Secrets & Cooking Philosophies | Paula Deen, Gordon Ramsay, & Tom ColicchioCompiled by Vicki McClure Davidson
Popular Southern cook on the Food Network, emphasizes easy-to-make comfort foods. Sometimes called "Queen of Southern Cuisine." Her success on cable TV was not planned. Following personal tragedies (has agoraphobia, both her parents died by the time she was 23, was divorced and with two small sons, wasrobbed at gunpoint while working as a bank teller), she was virtually house-bound because of her phobia for more than a decade. After her divorce, she needed to earn an income and had to fight her phobia so that she could support herself and her two young sons, Jamie and Bobby. She turned to her Southern-style cooking skills and started up a small catering service, The Bag Lady, making sandwiches and other meals, and her sons delivering them. Her specialty chicken salad was so popular, she was later hired by a Best Western Hotel in Savannah to cook; five years later, she opened her own restaurant, The Lady and Sons, in Savannah. The restaurant was a success and later moved into a larger building in Savannah’s Historic District. She successfully published a cookbook, appeared on Doorknock Dinners, where several episodes were filmed in Savannah. Appeared on Ready, Set, Cook! and got her own show in 2003, Paula's Home Cooking. An appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show, where she shared her inspirational life story, solidified her name across the country with millions of women viewers. Paula remarried in 2004 to Michael Groover, a Savannah port tugboat pilot.
Paula, always bubbly and natural, was the first host ever to have her language censored by the Food Network for a colorful word that she let slip while making hot wings.
Extracted from Deen, Paula, and Berendt, John, The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook, Random House, NY, NY, 1997.
Extracted from: Coyne, Katie, Good Housekeeping, "A Taste of Paula Deen," (www.goodhousekeeping.com/names/celebrity/paula-deen-interview-2).
Extracted from: Mohajer, Holly, Mo's Dinner owner, blog video interview, "Only in Raleigh Does a Local Raleigh Restaurant Owner Get to Interview Paula Deen," Southern Secrets with Paula Deen, (www.mosdiner.net/2008/06/holly-interviews-paula-deen.html / http://dsutton.myncblogs.com/2008/06/13/ only-in-raleigh-does-a-local-raleigh-restaurant-owner-get-to-interview-paula-deen/), June 13, 2008.
Extracted from: Deen, Paula, with Sherry Suib Cohen, "Paula Deen, It Ain't All About the Cookin' - A Memoir," Simon & Schuster, NY NY, 2007.
Gordon RamsayWorld-renowned chef and TV personality, has been awarded a total of 12 Michelin Stars (third in history to achieve this); in 2007, became one of only three chefs in the United Kingdom to hold three Michelin stars at one time. Has starred in several award-winning primetime TV shows (Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares) in the US and the UK; he has written many popular cookbooks. Well known for his quick temper and verbal assaults of chefs in his kitchen.
Extracted from: Ramsay, Gordon, Kitchen Heaven, Penguin Global/Penguin Books Ltd., London, 2005.
Extracted from: Ramsay, Gordon. In the Heat of the Kitchen, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2003.
Extracted from: Ramsay, Gordon, Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy, Quadrill Publishing Ltd., London, 2005.
Extracted from: Late Night with Conan O'Brien TV interview, NBC, broadcast April 30, 2008.
Chef and co-owner of New York's celebrated Gramercy Tavern, ranked New Yorkers' #1 favorite restaurant in the 2003 Zagat Survey, as well as chef/owner of Craft, the 2002 James Beard Best New Restaurant in America. Received the 2000 James Beard Award for Best Chef in New York City, and a James Beard award for Best General Cookbook in 2001 for his first cookbook, Think Like a Chef; recipient of five James Beard Foundation Medals as of 2008. In 2002, opened Craftbar, a casual adjunct to Craft, CraftSteak in Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel, and introduced CraftKitchen, a line of olive oils and condiments imported from Calabria, Italy. In 2003, opened 'Wichcraft next door to Craftbar in New York's Flatiron district, bringing Craft's ethic of simplicity and great ingredients to the ever-popular sandwich. Nominated for an Emmy for reality show Top Chef.
"Shellfish with bacon is a classic combination. The sensation of salty, briny clams with slightly sweet pancetta is one of my favorites."
"When choosing vegetables, think like an Italian peasant: Even an Italian of the most modest means will spend a few extra lire on the best tomato, the freshest herbs, the fruitiest olive oil. If you've ever eaten a simple tomato salad in Italy, you know what I mean. What I'm getting at is that you should always buy the best you can afford. These ingredients aren't more expensive because they're trendy or have a chic label. In fact, in the case of condiments, you will find yourself using less because the flavors are more intense and go farther."
"Morels are one of the great gifts of the mushroom family. They are elegant and earthy, with a distinctive nutty taste and a dark, honey-combed surface that acts as a sponge to soak up flavorful liquids."
"My partner at Gramercy Tavern, Danny Meyer, likes to say that the best way to get people to try something new is to let them know it is roasted. The term manages to conjure comfort food and adventurous cooking simultaneously, along with the image of gorgeously browned edges and caramelized flavor. Lamb, beef, pork, venison, rabbit, squab, chicken and turkey, foie gras, whole fish, fish fillets, lobster, almost every vegetable: you name it, I roast it."
"As a rule, I prefer pan roasting. It allows me to effect a transformation on something almost immediately. Roasting in an oven cheats me of the audible, visual, and tactile cues that are such a gratifying step of the cooking process. For some people, the end result alone—the perfectly browned sea bass, the crisp chicken—is the point, but for me, the process of browning the meat, watching the sugars in the surface caramelize, and listening to the sizzling sound of the butter, the sputter as the moisture in the herbs meets the juices in the pan, is as satisfying as the result. Watching as the dish transforms from a group of separate, inert ingredients into a new thing altogether is rewarding even before the first bite. When you learn to pan roast for yourself, a practical benefit is that in time you'll come to recognize the audible and visual cues of correctly cooked food, and you'll find yourself relying less and less on the times and temperatures printed in any recipe."
Extracted from: Colicchio, Tom, Think Like a Chef, Clarkson N. Potter, Crown Publishing Group, NY, NY, 2000.
"The most overrated seasonings are truffle oil and micro-greens. I don’t want to see micro-greens in my kitchen. The most underrated has to be salt and pepper. These seasonings are so essential, but something home cooks especially tend to ignore or not appreciate the importance of."
Extracted from: Bruni, Frank, Q and A: Tom Colicchio, Diner's Journal, New York Times Daily Blog on Dining Out, (http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/08/10/q-and-a-tom-colicchio/), August 10, 2007.
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