Aida Marianne Mollenkamp is a chef, television personality, food writer from Manhattan Beach, California. Mollenkamp grew up in Southern California and attended Rolling Hills Country Day and Chadwick School in Los Angeles. Before she got interested in cooking, she played soccer, did classical ballet, other extracurricular activities including music and volunteering. In high school, a skiing accident rendered her temporarily unable to dance and she turned to cooking as a means of expressing herself creatively. Mollenkamp attended the Cornell Hotel School and graduated with a B. S. in hospitality management from Cornell University. Following this, she worked in hospitality real estate consulting at Ernst & Young moved to Europe, living between Florence and Paris, France for two years, she attended culinary school and received a Grand Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in 2004. Over the years, she has worked at several hotels in the United States. Following her return to the U. S. in 2005, Mollenkamp became an editor at the San Francisco, California-based CHOW.com online food magazine.
Mollenkamp's first Food Network series, the interactive cooking program Ask Aida, began airing on August 2, 2008 and filmed three seasons. Her second show, FoodCrafters for Food Network's new sister network, Cooking Channel, debuted May 31, 2010. In FoodCrafters, she leaves the kitchen to uncover handmade food finds from around the nation, her first cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming A More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook, was published by Chronicle Books in October 2012. Mollenkamp's mother is Italian American and her stepmother is French, both of whom helped foster her passion for cooking while she was growing up, her father is of Lebanese origin. Mollenkamp's cooking style is influenced by her family's origins yet it was shaped by the multi-ethnic nature of Los Angeles, where she grew up, she has prepared recipes on her show inspired by her family, including her sister Ivy and their grandmother. Mollenkamp's brother, Christophe Lindstrom, was shown on the Dear Food Network Grilling episode titled "Grilling in Paradise."
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Claire Robinson is a television host and cook. She graduated from the French Culinary Institute in 2005 and was a television host of the Food Network series 5 Ingredient Fix. On April 4, 2010, she debuted as the new host of Food Network Challenge replacing Keegan Gerhard who hosted the program from 2005 to 2010, she is co-host with Richard Corrigan of Chef Race: UK vs. US on BBC America. Robinson was born in Florida; as a child her family moved but settled in Memphis, Tennessee. Robinson graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in communications. In 2004, she attended the French Culinary Institute. Along with being a private cook, she spent time working on culinary production teams for several cooking series, including Food Network’s Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello and PBS's Everyday Baking for Everyday Food. Morago, Greg. "5 ingredients, full flavor". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-09-13. Claire on the Food Network
Jeffrey Adam "Duff" Goldman is a pastry chef and television personality. He is the executive chef of the Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes shop, featured in the Food Network reality television show Ace of Cakes, his second Los Angeles-based shop Charm City Cakes West, featured in Food Network's Duff Till Dawn and "Cake Masters" series, his work has been featured on the Food Network Challenge, Iron Chef America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Man v. Food. Goldman was born in Michigan, to a Jewish family, he moved shortly thereafter to Missouri. Goldman's nickname Duff came about, his toddler brother, Willie Goldman, kept saying Duffy. When he was four, his mother caught him in her kitchen wielding a meat cleaver and watching food personality Chef Tell. After the divorce of his parents when he was ten, Goldman spent time living in both Northern Virginia and in the town of Sandwich on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 1992, Goldman attended McLean High School in McLean, Virginia where he played on the Highlanders ice hockey team.
In 1993, he graduated from Sandwich High School in Sandwich. From the age of fourteen, he began to work in kitchens. Goldman has said that when he was a sophomore in college, he went to what he considered the finest restaurant in Baltimore and was inspired to apply as a cook there; the head chef, Cindy Wolf, looked at his résumé and noted that it consisted of irrelevant experience. However, Cindy did offer him a job to make cornbread and biscuits only, this is what Goldman cites as the turning point in his career. Shortly after college at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, he attended schools such as Corcoran College of Art and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California. After working under acclaimed chefs in California, including a stagiaire position at the French Laundry and as executive pastry chef of the Vail Cascade Hotel in Colorado, he returned to Washington, D. C. to work at Todd English's Olives restaurant baking bread. In 2000, Goldman opened.
His cake sales began as he worked out of his house in Charles Village in Baltimore, Maryland with the help of two assistants he employed. As the requests for his unusual cakes increased, he hired more employees – many of whom did not have any culinary experience as pastry chefs, but were instead experienced painters and sculptors. Charm City Cakes uses blow torches, as well as power tools such as grinders and drills to help create the underlying supports of cakes. With his crew, Goldman has created unusual cakes including the likenesses of Elvis in the form of a 3-foot butter cream sculpture, an anatomically correct ear, a smoking volcano, a three-dimensional German Shepherd, as well as a replica of a CAT scan machine, a Jeep, an edible Wrigley Field. Goldman has made cakes for a number of celebrities including a cake for President Obama’s second inaugural ball in 2013, Tom Clancy, the cast of Lost, the 30 Rock cast, Sir Roger Moore. and for Katy Perry's "Birthday" video. In October 2009, Goldman and his brother Willie released the book Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes from HarperCollins/William Morrow, providing an exhaustive look at both the bakery and the show.
Cake Masters, 2016- Duff Till Dawn, 2015 Ace of Cakes, 2006-2011 Holiday Baking Championship, 2014- Iron Chef America, 2005 Kids Baking Championship, 2014- Worst Bakers in America, 2016- Dessert Games, 2017- Buddy vs. Duff, 2019- Double Dare, 2019 Goldman lives in Los Angeles, California, he played bass guitar in an instrumental band called "...soihadto...". He is now the bass player in a band called Foigrock, he states. Goldman has made a wedding cake for Neil Fallon. In addition, Fallon's younger sister and Goldman's friend from college, Mary Alice Fallon-Yeskey, works at Charm City Cakes as the office manager. Goldman officially entered the Guinness Book of World Records for baking the world's largest cupcake on March 30, 2008; the massive edible cupcake weighed in at 61.4 pounds and was over a foot tall. It was 150 times the size of a regular cupcake and required 16 pounds of butter, 10 pounds of sugar, three ounces of food coloring; the record-breaking pastry was created to support the Great American Bake Sale, which raised $10,000 and awareness for the Share Our Strength charity.
However, as reported in a 2009 episode of Ace of Cakes, Goldman was stripped of the record due to the cupcake having been made in two parts. Duff lost a cooking competition on episode 7 against Michael Symon. Goldman competed on Food Network Challenge and won the competition. Goldman is Jewish, he is involved in Tzedakah, the Jewish practice of performing charity and philanthropic acts to enhance one's spirituality. In an interview with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Goldman said “Tzedakah is important to me. I’ve been so fortunate with everything that has happened to me, it would be a crime not to give back.”In 2012 Duff lost toes in a motorcycle accident. Although he vowed to quit, he has continued riding motorcycles. On April 2, 2018, Duff proposed to Johnna Colbry. On January 21, 2019, Duff married Johnna Colbry
Michael D. Symon is an American chef, television personality, author, he is of Sicilian descent. He is seen on Food Network on shows such as Iron Chef America, Brew and'Que, Food Feuds, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, as well as Cook Like an Iron Chef on the Cooking Channel and The Chew on ABC, he has made numerous contributions to periodicals such as Bon Appétit, Food Arts, Saveur and O, The Oprah Magazine. Symon is credited with helping to "save" the restaurant scene in Ohio, he is the chef and owner of a number of restaurants in the Greater Cleveland area, including his flagship Lola, Mabel's BBQ and burger franchise BSpot. Additionally, he owns Michael Symon's Roast in Michigan. On May 6, 2017 he opened Angeline at the Borgata in New Jersey. Symon describes his cooking as "meat-centric." Symon was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is of Greek and Eastern European ancestry. He was raised in North Olmsted, attending St. Richard School in North Olmsted and St. Edward High School in Lakewood, graduating in 1987.
He took a part-time job at Ribs on Warren Rd. as a cook. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1990. Symon worked the Cleveland restaurant scene, working at Player's, a Mediterranean restaurant in Lakewood. In 1993, he moved to Piccolo Mondo as chef, developing a devoted following, he subsequently moved to Caxton Cafe. In February 1997, Michael and his then-fiancée, Liz Shanahan, opened Lola in Cleveland's trendy Tremont neighborhood, it is named after his aunt. At the time, the neighborhood was just beginning to be rediscovered and develop into the hipster, "go to" neighborhood that it has become. Tremont food scene pioneers, Gerry Groh and Lynda Khoury, had opened and grown one of the first new restaurants, named Bohemia, in Tremont. After several years of success, the couple was ready to move on to other ventures and the couple sold the space to the Symons. Lola garnered rave reviews and was named one of America's Best Restaurants in Gourmet magazine in its October 2000 issue.
In 2005, he converted Lola into Lolita, reopened Lola in downtown Cleveland the next year. On April 15, 2006, Symon opened a third restaurant, which in Greek means "a group of friends" or "company," in New York City; the restaurant, which featured upscale Greek food and was located on East 20th Street near Park Avenue, was run by Jonathon Sawyer, who tutored under Symon at Lolita. It was located next door to Gramercy Tavern. Symon partnered with Telly Hatzigeorgiou, George Pantelidis, Peter J. Pappas. Although New York Times food critic Frank Bruni gave the food a 2-stars rating, he noted that the sound level reached "piercing heights." By many accounts, the food was good, as the restaurant was listed on "100 Tastes to Try in ’07" in Food & Wine magazine. However, the New York restaurant scene considered his flavors not "vibrant" enough, it was chided that it "might improve after Mr. Symon gets more experience in the New York restaurant world." It closed in 2007, was acquired by Stavros Aktipis who renamed it Kellari's Parea.
Symon opened Roast, a restaurant at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan in autumn 2008. Roast was named the 2009 Restaurant of the Year by the Detroit Free Press, he opened a restaurant on July 1, 2009, called Bar Symon in Avon Lake, Ohio featuring casual concepts on tavern food. Soon after, he opened a hamburger focused restaurant named BSpot in Ohio; the original Avon Lake Bar Symon closed on October 19, 2010. However, the concept still exists in airports. In October 2009, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that Symon would contribute menu items to be prepared by foodservice firm Aramark at the Quicken Loans Arena. Two existing restaurants were renamed after Symon's bar-bistros, Bar Symon and BSpot, some of his signature dishes were made available as suite catering offerings. On October 19, 2010, Symon announced, he announced two more BSpot locations, one in Strongsville and another in Westlake. Another BSpot opened at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland in May 2012, a BSpot stand opened on the club level at Cleveland Browns Stadium for the 2012 NFL season.
The BSpot in the casino closed in 2017. On June 25, 2012, Symon opened another Bar Symon in Pittsburgh International Airport-Airmall in partnership with United Concessions Group and The Paradies Shops. On November 21, 2015 Symon opened Symon's Burger Joint in TX near The University of Texas; this was his first venture outside of the Midwest. It closed in June 2017. On January 10, 2016, a fire caused the closure of Lolita in Tremont, the site of Lola. On May 1, 2016, Symon claimed a restaurant named Sherla's Chicken & Oysters would open in the former Lolita spot, he posted a concept menu on Facebook. On March 14, 2017, a Symon representative said the restaurant was "currently in the design phase." A Facebook page for the restaurant was last updated on May 1, 2016. The URL sherlaschicken.com redirects to Symon's page. On April 11, 2016 Symon opened Mabel's BBQ on East 4th Street adjacent to Lola. On June 11, 2016, Symon noted there would be only one location of Mabel's BBQ. On December 20, 2018, another Mabel's BBQ restaurant opened at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
On February 6, 2019, a speakeasy named Sara's opened inside of the Palms Casino Mabel's BBQ location. On May 1, 2017 Bar Symon opened in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Concourse C. In May 2017, Symon opened Angeline at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Ina Rosenberg Garten is an American author, host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, a former staff member of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Garten had no formal training in cooking, she relied on intuition and feedback from friends and customers to refine her recipes. She was mentored by Eli Zabar and food connoisseur Martha Stewart. Among her dishes are cœur à la crème, celery root remoulade, pear clafouti, a simplified version of beef bourguignon, her culinary career began with Barefoot Contessa. Born Ina Rosenberg to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Stamford, Garten was one of two children born to Charles H. Rosenberg, a surgeon specializing in otolaryngology, his wife, Florence. Encouraged to excel in school, she showed an aptitude for science, has said she uses her scientific mindset while experimenting with recipes. Garten's mother discouraged Ina from helping in the kitchen, instead directing her towards schoolwork. Garten described her father as a socializer, admits she shares more characteristics with him than her mother.
At 15, she met her future husband, Jeffrey Garten, on a trip to visit her brother at Dartmouth College. After high school, she postponed her educational pursuits to marry. On December 22, 1968, Jeffrey and Ina were married in Stamford and soon relocated to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, she began to entertaining in an effort to occupy her time. She acquired her pilot's license. After her husband had completed his military service, the couple journeyed to Paris, for a four-month camping vacation. During this trip, she was introduced to open-air markets, produce stands, fresh cooking ingredients. Upon returning to the U. S. she began to cultivate her culinary abilities by studying the volumes of Julia Child's seminal cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. During this time, weekly dinner parties turned to tradition, she refined her home entertaining skills when she and her husband moved to Washington, D. C. in 1972. In Washington, Garten worked in the White House while earning an MBA at George Washington University.
Garten was employed as a low-level government aide, climbed the political ladder to the Office of Management and Budget. She was assigned the position of budget analyst, which entailed writing the nuclear energy budget and policy papers on nuclear centrifuge plants for Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Strained by the pressures of her work, Garten again turned to entertaining while flipping homes for profit in the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods; the profits from these sales gave Garten the means to make her next purchase, the Barefoot Contessa specialty food store. Garten left her government job in 1978 after spotting an ad for a 400-square-foot specialty food store called Barefoot Contessa in Westhampton Beach, New York. "My job in Washington was intellectually exciting and stimulating but it wasn't me at all," she explained four years later. After traveling to view it, she made a hasty decision to purchase the store and moved to New York to assume ownership; the store had been named by its original owner in tribute to the 1954 film starring Ava Gardner.
Garten kept the name. As of 2006 she had not seen the film. Within a year, Garten had moved Barefoot Contessa across Main Street to a larger property, which it outgrew. In 1985, the store relocated again to the newly vacated premises of gourmet shop Dean & DeLuca in the prosperous Long Island village of East Hampton. In contrast to Westhampton's seasonal beach atmosphere, East Hampton houses a year-round community, providing a larger, wealthier customer base. In East Hampton, Garten expanded the store over seven times its original size. In this new, larger space, the store specialized in delicacies such as lobster Cobb salad, imported cheeses, locally grown produce. While doing much of the cooking herself, Garten employed local chefs and bakers as the business grew, including Anna Pump. Garten has credited Eli Zabar with the inspiration for her main cooking method, in which "all you have to do is cook to enhance the ingredients." The shop was praised in the press by celebrity clientele such as Lauren Bacall.
In 1996, after two decades of operating Barefoot Contessa, Garten again found herself seeking a change. Unsure of what career step to take after selling the store, she took a six-month sabbatical from the culinary scene and built offices above the shop. There, she studied the stock market and attempted to sketch out plans for potential business ventures. At this time, her website, Barefoot Contessa, became high-profile as she began offering her coffees and a few other items for purchase online. By 2003, Barefoot Contessa had become a landmark gathering place for East Hampton—di
Barefoot Contessa is an American cooking show that premiered November 30, 2002 on Food Network, is the oldest show on the network's schedule. Hosted by celebrity chef Ina Garten, each episode features Garten assembling dishes of varying complexity. Though her specialty is French cuisine, she prepares American, Asian and Italian foods, her show gives tips on decorating and entertaining. The show's title, which comes from the Italian word for countess, was used by Garten in her best-selling cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook; the cookbook was in turn named after Garten's specialty food store, which she bought named in 1978. The store, no longer in operation, opened in 1975 and was named after the 1954 film of the same name. Garten sold the store to the employees prior to its closure. Garten's show features the preparation of a multi-course meal for her close friends, colleagues or husband, Jeffrey, her recipes include fresh herbs, which she hand-harvests from her backyard garden. Table settings include both simple and elegant dishes, are accompanied by her own flowers or those brought in by Michael Grim, a friend and local florist, on the show.
Garten deconstructs complex French recipes like Baba au Rhum cake. She focuses on allowing more time to spend with guests; the show is recorded in Garten's home in East Hampton, New York and features fast-moving camera shots and closeups. Barefoot Contessa airs in Australia on Food Network and the Lifestyle Food Channel on the Foxtel platform, in the UK on the channels Good Food and Food Network UK, in Poland on the channel Kuchnia.tv, in the Middle East on the Fatafeat Channel. The show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2005 in the category Best Service Show. Barefoot Contessa on The Food Network Barefoot Contessa in the UK Official website Barefoot Contessa on IMDb
Edward Allen is an American author and television personality. He was the food and wine connoisseur on the Bravo network's television program Queer Eye, has been the host of the TV cooking competition series Chopped since its launch in 2009, as well as Chopped Junior, which began in mid-2015. On April 13, 2014, he became the host of another Food Network show called America's Best Cook. In early 2015, he hosted a four-part special, Best. Ever. Which scoured America for its best burgers, pizza and barbecue, he is a longtime contributing writer to Esquire magazine, the author of two cookbooks, appears on the Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate and other television cooking shows. Allen graduated from Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana, in 1983, was inducted into the school's Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011, he received a degree in psychology from Purdue University in 1987. Subsequently, he enrolled in Purdue’s Krannert Graduate School of Management, but left to accept a job as a copy editor at the Lafayette, Journal & Courier.
He returned to graduate school, gaining an M. A. in journalism from the Science and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University. He moved to Chicago, where he worked as a reporter for Lerner Newspapers, a chain of community weekly newspapers, he got his start in restaurant criticism there as one quarter of a bi-weekly group-review team called "The Famished Four", along with Barry Rice the chain's entertainment editor, who initiated the concept with Lerner food editor Leah A. Zeldes. Allen became a freelancer for Chicago magazine signing on as a senior editor, writing about food and luminaries of the culinary world, he joined Esquire in 1997 as a contributing editor, where he wrote features, food pieces, profiles, co-authored the magazine's popular "Things a Man Should Know" series. He has written for GQ, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Epicurious. Allen gained great visibility in 2003 when he became a cast member of the television makeover series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Allen was the show's wine specialist.
He continued to make television appearances as a gourmet, including as a frequent guest judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Allen hosted a six-part documentary, Uncorked: Wine Made Simple, on PBS starting May 7, 2007. Beginning June 13, 2007, Allen appeared as a regular judge on seasons 3 and 4 of Bravo's reality television program Top Chef, following several guest judge appearances during the previous two seasons. In 2008, he left Bravo when Food Network offered him the host job on two shows: Food Detectives, which debuted on July 29, 2008, Chopped, which launched a 13-episode season on January 13, 2009. "Detectives" returned for a second season of 13 episodes in January 2009. "Chopped" went back into production in March 2009 in New York. The show took off with viewers and was renewed for another 33 episodes, which shot in January and February 2010. Now one of the highest-rated prime time shows on the network, as of September, 2016, Chopped has shot 450 episodes, "Chopped Junior" has shot 52.
In an interview with the Food Network about his favorite moments on Chopped, Allen stated, "My favorite mystery basket ingredient remains the whole chicken in a can, not so much because I love the food, I love the sound it makes when it plops out of the can."Since moving to the Food Network, Allen has made appearances on many of that channel's programs, including Beat Bobby Flay, Best Ever, Cutthroat Kitchen, multiple episodes of The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Dear Food Network, The Next Food Network Star. On November 16, 2008, Allen returned to Iron Chef America as co-floor reporter for the show's Thanksgiving special. Allen reprised the role as co-floor reporter for the Thanksgiving special on November 20, 2011. On December 2, 2012, Allen served as a sous chef to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and chef Robert Irvine in a special "Holiday Battle", pitting the Food Network stars against reps of the sister network Cooking Channel, Ben Sergeant, Nadia G, Michael Symon. Morimoto's team won. Esquire's Things A Man Should Know About Style with Scott Omelianuk Esquire's Things A Man Should Know About Marriage with Scott Omelianuk Esquire's Things A Man Should Know About Sex with Scott Omelianuk Esquire's Things A Man Should Know About Handshakes, White Lies and Which Fork Goes Where: Easy Business Etiquette for Complicated Times with Scott Omelianuk Co-author, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, Living Better The Food You Want To Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks In May 2012, Allen received a James Beard Foundation Award for his work as the host of Chopped, the show itself won for best in-studio television program.
In 2004, he won an Emmy Award along with the other cast members and producers of Queer Eye for "Outstanding Reality Program" from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The show was nominated again for that category in 2005. In 2001, he was a finalist in the National Magazine Awards for an Esquire feature