At the Table With
On Next: Tomorrow at 9|8c AM
If you had the chance to sit at the table with a favorite chef, who would you choose, and what would you ask?
At The Table With is the next best thing to chatting with your culinary idols. It's your chance to get to know acclaimed chefs beyond their recipes and restaurants; in each episode, a different superstar chef gets personal.
Tomorrow at 9|8c AM
Born to Cuban immigrants, Doug Rodriguez is father of Nuevo Latino cooking. He is also fueled by a desire to be a strong role model for Hispanic Americans. Oddly it was Julia Child that inspired him as a youngster he preferred watching her cooking show over cartoons on TV. Growing up in Miami, he was surrounded by the sights and smells of Cuban American food, and it was there, at age 24, that he would open the highly successful Yuca restaurant in the fashionable area of South Beach. He now is owner chef of restaurants in several cities and Zagat has called him the most important restaurant chef in the Latin world.
Tomorrow at 9:30|8:30c AM
An inventor at heart, Homaru Cantus kitchen is also his laboratory. Homaru is a molecular gastronomist a new breed of chef that reconfigures the chemistry of food to create an entirely original cuisine. From edible menus to duck cooked in a vacuumto goat cheese snow (zapped with liquid nitrogen), Homarus imagination knows no bounds. And it doesnt stop at food: he also creates kitchen gadgets, including a food replicator (a la Star Trek) which he hopes to license. His restaurant Moto in Chicago is a culinary attraction, but Homaru is also working behind the scenes for agencies like NASA to create sustainable, delicious food alternatives.
Tuesday, February 21st at 9|8c AM
Chef Jacques Pepin is an icon in the food world. Along with his beloved contemporary Julia Child, he has brought the art of cooking into the hearts and minds of generations around the world. He was personal chef to three French heads of state (including Charles de Gaulle) and has been the inspiration for hundreds of chefs that followed him from Daniel Boulud to Sara Moulton. At age 72, Pepin is still at the top of his game: producing tv shows, writing cookbooks (he has a whopping 25 to his credit) and teaching to throngs of wannabe chefs who maywant fame and celebrity -- but still turn to Jacques to learn. Also a painter and a writer, Jacques Pepin is the true Renaissance man.