I’ve been a foodie since childhood watching Graham Kerr “The Galloping Gourmet” instead of Sesame Street. Through the years I’ve enjoyed following Julie Child, Jacque Pepin, and Wolfgang Puck. More recently, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some culinary luminaries & some of the southland’s top chefs. When possible, I’ve also collected autographs on their books which include: Diana Kennedy the “Julia Child of Mexico;” Travel Channel “No Reservations” host Anthony Bourdain, “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman, & “Taste of America” host Mark DeCarlo; American Master Bladesmith specializing in kitchen knives Bob Kramer; and Extraordinary Desserts Owner Chef Karen Krasne (featured on Food Channel “Best Thing I Ever Ate” Cake Walk episode). I got word
from the venerable Exec. Chef Thomas Keller that he’ll sign my copy of “ad hoc at home.”In those cases where I didn’t have a book, a picture had to suffice as in the case with Travel Channel “Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern, Bravo Top Chefs Brian Malarkey (Season 3) & Fabio Viviani (Season 5). I’ve had the opportunity to meet such incredible talented California chefs: Exec. Chef Jon Eyer Hard Rock Hotel, Exec. Chef Nick Bruneof
Local Habit, Exec. Chef Olivier Bioteau of Farm House Cafe, Exec. Chef Chad White of Sea Rocket Bistro (soon to be at Gabardine), Exec. Chef Andrew Spurgin formerly of Waters Fine Catering & currently Chef/Partner at Campine (with Chefs Brian Malarkey & Antonio Friscia), Exec. Chef Antonio Friscia formerly of Stingaree & currently Chef/Partner at Campine as well as Exec Chef/Partner of Gaijin Noodle & Sake House, Executive Chef Victor Jimenez of Cowboy Star, Owner Chef Su-Mei of Saffron, Owner/Baker Charles Kaufman of Bread & Cie Bakery & Cafe, Former Exec Chef/Partner of Chileco & current Regional VP of 24 Carrots Catering & Events Scotty Wagner, Owner Gina Freize of Venissimo Cheese, Exec. Chef Nathan Coulon (son of Michele Coulon Dessertier of La Jolla) formerly of Ivy Hotel & currently of TrueFood Kitchen, Newport Beach; drinking centric travel “Three Sheets” host Zane Lamprey; and California foodie celebrity Chicken Charlie Boghosian best known for his fried food stand at the major county fairs from San Diego to the California State Fair in Sacramento.