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Old 12-07-2012, 11:43 PM
 
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I've been influenced a lot by Ming Tsai, Wolfgang Puck and Justin Wilson.

I've been watching PBS cooking shows since I was young and was happy when Ming jumped over, one less reason to watch Food Network. I eat a lot of Asian Fusion and he taught me a lot on how to prepare meals better. He signed a copy of his book for me once and answered a few questions. I've been to Blue Ginger, simply outstanding!

I have always loved Wolfgang Puck since I grew up in Southern California. He had me loving his fusion blends of meal preperation. I've been to Spago in Vegas and in Cali (wonderful meals everytime)and the guy is really nice and deserves his success. He's pretty funny on Craig Ferguson as well.

Justin Wilson was a chef/cook from Louisiana and he had a show on PBS my mom and I would watch in the 80's. He was a funny old guy and it reinforced my love of Cajun/Creole food since it is a part of my heritage. He passed on a few years back and I was down but he was older even in the 80's.
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I think watching Chopped has had the most influence on me. When I see the weird ingredients they throw into dishes, I get much less scared about experimenting with my own. It actually isn't the end of the world if something doesn't turn out.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:00 AM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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I can't recall being influenced from any TV chef or even from my mother. However, there have been cookbooks that have made a difference. Craig Clairborn's Kitchen Primer, Rick Bayless, Marcella Hazan and Madhur Jaffrey all had excellent tips on methodology that I've used. Jaffrey might have had the biggest influence in that I applied her "fry the spices" method for most Indian dishes into non-Indian dishes, particularly chili and stews, where that added step creates a depth that adding spices later in process doesn't provide.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:10 AM
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Location: Coastal Georgia
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