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Old 08-23-2012, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Georgia, on the Florida line, right above Tallahassee
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Smith_(TV_personality)
Jeff Smith. I learned so much from him. Regardless of the accusations that colored his career, I still use some of his recipes to this day. He also turned me onto Schmaltz.

Also Martin Yan.
Martin Yan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'll never forget one show where he took a boneless pork chop and basically cut in in half, over and over again until he had about 16 pieces of meat. He was saying something like, "If you have 2 people, cut in half." "4 people?" "Cut in half again." "8 people? Cut in half." 16 people? Cut in half again."

16 people and 1 pork chop. Everyone gets a piece of meat. Priceless.

See also the Galloping Gourmet and watching him drop bascially a whole bottle of rum on a cake.

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Old 08-23-2012, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Yes to Jeff Smith and Graham Kerr (who filmed in Ottowa, not NYC as I previously said, and who dropped nearly a whole bottle of brandy into a jar of mincemeat) and Julia Child and Jacques Pepin and Mario Batali and even Rachel Ray. Not so much for any particular recipes or specific techniques I can point to now as much as to each of them for their passion and enthusiasm for cooking and for food. I carry a little piece of each of their hearts within me as I prepare food today.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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Martha Stewart
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Martin Yan is the only TV chef I could ever stand to watch. His enthusiasm is terribly endearing.

I never actually cooked anything I watched him make. The only "chefs" with any influence on my cooking or interest in cooking have been my mother, grandmothers and aunts. Famous for blocks around ...
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:41 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet. He never took himself too seriously and made cooking fun.

Graham Kerr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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Julia Child
Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet
Nathalie Dupree

I watched lots of cooking shows when I was a kid because I always loved to cook. But my favorites were the three above. They always had an infectious enthusiasm about food, and a fascinating breadth of knowledge about it. They stoked my curiousity about all things gastronomic. I made many of their recipes and learned about lots of new (to me) foods and kitchen techniques. Those shows definitely made me a more adventurous cook.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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Roy Yamaguchi, Sam Choy and Mario Batali.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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Ina and her use of herbs.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:55 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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Jacques Pepin - not only is he a master of technique, he also makes everything look so easy. If only he'd had a son instead of a daughter, alas....

He makes foods that I would actually prepare and eat, and I always learn something new watching his show.

Most of the chefs on Food Network bore me, their recipes are boring, everything is just chopped and tossed into a pan or pot. I'll stick with Pepin on PBS.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:42 AM
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Location: Coastal Georgia
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Martha Stewart. Can't stand her, but love the beautiful and easy recipes.
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