Favorite chef?

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Marlingardener

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I am a big fan of Jacques Pepin, and of Julia Child. I also admire Eric Ripert, although semi-raw fish just doesn't appeal. He is so knowledgeable and kind that I can forgive him for wading out in the Caribbean and gnawing on raw conch.
Who is your favorite chef? Doesn't have to be just one, just not Emeril!
 

cookiecrafter

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Wading in the Caribbean, I like!

Julia Child's home is restored to a national tourist place. Vacation destination for sure!

Guy's DD&D ... Is my pick of the day!
 

dragnlaw

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I became dissilusioned with cooking blogs and shows a number of years ago so now I only watch a show that any relevance to what I want to cook right at the moment. Plus some of the links that you all post here on DC which tempt me. Too many rabbit holes, too many mushrooms.
 

Chief Longwind Of The North

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pepperhead212

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Can't really just pick one as a favorite, though Rick Bayless would be up there, given how many things of his I've made repeatedly, as well as how many methods I've learned from him. And I always have his salsa negra in my fridge - if it gets down to ¼ c, I have to make more!

As with others, Julia Child and Jacques Pepín are two old time favorites. And there are some shows that weren't around for long, even though they were great shows - Entrée To Asia, by Thomas Robson, was one of my favorites of all time.
 

larry_stewart

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Like others, I'm not sure I have a specific favorite chef, but I like more low key, instructional, down to earth, things you can do in your own kitchen kinda chefs/ shows. Sure I like to experiment with exotic things, new flavors .....But I need it brought down to my level. That being said, I feel I learn the most from Jacques Pepin. In many cases he makes simple things that taste great ( he makes not simple things too). Ironically, I don't often make many of his recipes cause of my wife's dietary limitations, but I learn quite aa bit of technique, and have a half a dozen or so of his cookbooks.

The ones I like the least are tthe ones that use too many catch phrases or trying too hard to jam products they are selling down your throat. I want to cook and I want to learn.
 

Katie H

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I particularly like Alton Brown because I feel he is a good "teacher." His explanations of "why" and "how" to do things is invaluable for newbies, even me although I've been cooking for waay over 50 years. I've never prepared one of his dishes that hasn't been stellar.

Julia Child is my goddess.
 

taxlady

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I like a lot of different chefs. Someone no one has mentioned yet is Kenji Lopez-Alt. I like his "sciency" explanations. I also enjoy watching Chef John. I have had successes and disappointments with recipes from both of them, but I still enjoy watching them.
 

IC 2.0

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My Cousin Ed Kenny

No way, he's your cousin? I went to culinary school with him, but he graduated a year before me I believe.

It's a shame that Town closed. His roasted chicken with torn bread salad there was really good. It's one of the very few chicken dishes that I would ever order at a restaurant that wasn't fried LOL.
 

Kaneohegirlinaz

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No way, he's your cousin? I went to culinary school with him, but he graduated a year before me I believe.

It's a shame that Town closed. His roasted chicken with torn bread salad there was really good. It's one of the very few chicken dishes that I would ever order at a restaurant that wasn't fried LOL.
Yup.
His Grandpa married my Grandma, they lived in Aina Haina.
 

dcSaute

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as far as TV goes
Julia Child was instructive
Galloping Gourmet was instructive
Frugal Chef was instructive
(early) LaGasse was instructive
Pepin has always been instructive

the rest are flashing knives, flying pans, nothing but recipe illustrations.
Rick (whatever)
Flay of me-me-me fame
all the British shows . .
all the contest shows . . .
are not instructive - just entertainment.
 

Badjak

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I used to enjoy Anthony Bourdain....
And Keith Floyd ;)
Not sure who now, Rick Stein's travels are/were quite nice
Not really watching any tv these days
 
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