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Paul Prudhomme

Chef Prudhomme has a reputation as one of the best in world of cajun cuisine. If you aren't familiar with him, you're in for a treat. Chef Paul Prudhomme

Born in Louisiana in 1940, he is the youngest of thirteen children. His biographical information (even on his own website) is modest, and speaks simply of his love and appreciation of his native cuisine and the use of the freshest ingredients. He is well-known as a restauranteur, celebrity chef, humanitarian, and businessman.

K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen is a landmark restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Opened in 1979 with his late wife, Kay, this started out as a mere 62 seat establishment. Now offering seating for more than 200, this famous eatery has three kitchens and a bakery.

Chef Prudhomme is no stranger to television and has to his credit five series of cooking shows for PBS affiliate WYES in New Orleans.

He is also the author of ten cookbooks. Here are a few of those for sale:

Paul Prudhomme's Kitchen Expedition Cookbook Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen cookbook Paul Prudhomme's Seasoned America cookbook
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Emeril Lagasse

Chef Emeril Lagasse

For many people, the most instantly recognizable thing about Chef Emeril Lagasse is his use of the word "BAM" when he adds some great spice or ingredient to a dish.

Born in 1959 in Fall River, Massachusetts, he comes from a wonderful mix of heritages ~ a Portuguese mom and a French-Canadian dad. He developed a love of cooking when he was a teenager, while working in a Portuguese bakery.

Chef Lagasse's list of credits and credentials is bordering on voluminous! Certainly he is a well known celebrity chef on television. TV shows to his credit include How to Boil Water, Emeril & Friends, Essence of Emeril, Fresh Food Fast, Emeril Live! and Emeril Green.

His first cookbook was published in 1993, titled Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking. Since then he has published many additional cookbooks (15 last time we looked), 6 of which made The New York Times Bestseller list – a feat not to lightly dismiss!

To say that Emeril is generous is probably an understatement. He created the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to not only support and mentor young chefs, but to help provide life skills for young people.

He is the chef – proprietor of 13 restaurants. Want to go to one? Here's where they are!

  • Bethlehem, PA, Sands Casino Resort – Emeril's Chop House
  • Bethlehem, PA, Sands Casino Resort – Burgers and More by Emeril
  • Bethlehem, PA, Sands Casino Resort – Emeril's Italian Table
  • Las Vegas, Venetian Resort – Delmonico Steakhouse
  • Las Vegas, The Palazzo – Table 10
  • Las Vegas, The Palazzo – Lagasse's Stadium
  • Las Vegas, MGM Grand – Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
  • New Orleans, Garden District – Emeril's Delmonico
  • New Orleans, French Quarter – NOLA Restaurant
  • New Orleans, warehouse District downtown – Emeril's Restaurant
  • Orlando, Universal Studios City Walk - Emeril's Orlando
  • Orlando, Universal Orlando's Royal Pacific Resort – Tchoup Chop

His website has a really great recipe section, and includes yummy dishes such as Seared Shrimp Salad and Brazilian Fish Stew. Great photos for the recipes as well! Last time we looked – and typed "Fish" into the recipe search there were 405 recipes! There has to be something there that you can make for dinner! Mangia!

From Emeril's Kitchen Cookbook From Farm to Fork cookbook by Emeril Lagasse Emeril Lagasse cookbook
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Mario Batali

Chef Mario Batali

Like many accomplished chefs, Mario Batali has had a diverse and interesting career. He was born in 1960 to parents of Italian and French Canadian ancestry. In 1978 he went to Rutgers University and received a bachelors degree. His majors were Spanish, Theater and Economics. I wonder if he knew then how important those three fields would be to his career!

While in college he worked in a local restaurant as a dishwasher and quickly moved up to making food. And the process of becoming a chef just escalated from there. When he was 27, he was the highest paid chef working for the Four Seasons restaurant empire. He has worked and apprenticed in London, Paris, Provence, Santa Barbara and Italy. Like many great chefs, he also tried attending "professional culinary school", and found it not quite to his liking.

Chef Batali opened his first restaurant, Po, in 1993. It was the beginning of a legacy of great restaurants for him. He is currently the chef and co-owner (or partner) of a variety of restaurants, eateries, and shops. Here's a list:

B&B Ristorante Las Vegas            Lupa New York City
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca New York City Manzo New York City
Bar Jamon New York City Mozzo2Go Los Angeles
Carnevino Italian Steak House    Las Vegas Osteria Mozzo Los Angeles
Casa Mono New York City  OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria New York City
Las Vegas
Del Posto New York City Pizzeria Mozza Los Angelss
Esca New York City Tarry Lodge Port Chester

The commendations and awards have not been missing from his career! The James Beard Foundation graced him with Outstanding Restauranteur of 2008, Outstanding Chef of 2005, and Best Chef of New York City in 2002.

In 1997, Food Network launched Mario's cooking show – Molto Mario – and what a joy that was to watch! Renown for wearing shorts and bright colored crocs and sandals – he cooked up some amazing meals on that show. Perhaps you remember him as a regular on Iron Chef America as well? Ponytail flying and knives flying even faster, he brought outstanding Italian cuisine to the forefront of the show.

Writing is no stranger to Mario either. As of 2011 he is the author of 9 cookbooks. Here they are!

Cookbook by Mario BataliBabbo Cookbook

publisher: Clarkson N Potter
2002 - 336 pages
Babbo cookbook by Chef Mario Batali
       Simple Italian Food cookbook Simple Italian Food

publisher: Clarkson N Potter
1998 - 288 pages
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Cookbook published in 2000 by Mario Batali with holiday food recipesMario Batali Holiday Food

publisher: Clarkson N Potter
2000 - 144 pages
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       Molto Italiano cookbook by Mario BataliMolto Italiano

publisher: Ecco Press
2005 - 522 pages
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Mario Batali wrote a cookbook on tailgating food when at a Nascar raceMario Tailgates Nascar Style

publisher: Ecco Press
2006 - 208 pages
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       The Italian Grill cookbook by Mario BataliItalian Grill

publisher: Ecco Press
2008 - 246 pages
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If you love Spanish food buy Mario Batali cookbook called Spain A Culinary Road TripSpain A Culinary Road Trip

publisher: Ecco Press
2008 - 384 pages
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       Molto Gusto cookbook by Mario BataliMolto Gusto

publisher: Ecco Press
2010 - 272 pages
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Mario Batali has a cookbook coming out in Octboer of 2011 called Simple Family MealsSimple Family Meals
from My Home to Yours

publisher: Clarkson N Potter
2011 - 320 pages
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Sara Moulton

Chef Sara Moulton

Chef Moulton is an amazing chef. She's also one of those people that you can absolutely imagine being in your house and cooking dinner with you. Although she is small in stature, her accomplishments in the culinary field are huge!

Classically schooled at the CIA (that's the Culinary Institute of America for those in the cooking field), she won a scholarship from Les Dames d'Escoffier and graduated with highest honors. She also holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan. After the CIA, she moved on to an apprenticeship in France and then into restaurant work.

Furthering her culinary skills included teaching at New York Cooking School and working in the test kitchen of Gourmet Magazine. Gourmet Magazine was one of the most influential and respected cooking magazines of all times. In 1988 she was hired as the Executive Chef for the magazine's dining room. She remained in this position for 23 years, up until the time the magazine closed.

Chef Moulton is as much at home in the kitchen as she is on TV. Her TV life started in 1979 when she worked behind the scenes with a Julia Child show. She was a mainstay of the Food Network with her shows Cooking Live, Cooking Live Primetime and Sara's Secrets, from 1996 – 2005. She's starring in a new show on PBS in October of 2011 called Sara's Weeknight Meals.

Cookbook by Sara Moulton Sara Moulton cookbook Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals Sara Moulton cookbook Cooks At Home
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Chef Gordon Ramsay

Chef Ramsay was born in Scotland and raised in England. His passion for soccer (aka football to the Brits) is legendary. When he realized that playing a sport professionally was not going to become a reality for him, he turned to cooking. He started out studying hotel management and moved into the kitchens of the Roxburgh House Hotel.

He trained and worked for Marco Pierre White, a chef noted for his terrible temper. Surviving that for just under three years, he eventually moved to France to study and work with Michelin starred chefs. When he was 31 he opened the first restaurant of his own and it was awarded three Michelin stars within three years.

His restaurants are now all over the world. (We think we have them all - but he adds new ones fairly consistently!)


Gordon Ramsay
at the London
USA – New York          Foxtrot Oscar England
Maze at the London USA – New York The Narrow England
Gordon Ramsay
at the London
USA – Los Angeles Gordon Ramsay
at Powerscourt
Maze England - London Verre Dubai
Maze Grill England - London  Gordon Ramsay
Au Trianon
Plane Food at Heathrow England - London La Veranda France
Murano England - London Gordon Ramsay
at Castel Monastero
York & Albany England - London Gordon Ramsay
at Fortevillage
Bread Street Kitchen England - London Laurier
Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay
England - London maze Dhoa Qatar
Petrus England - London Gordon Ramsay
at Conrad Tokyo
Savoy Grill England - London Cerise by
Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay
at Claridge's
England - London    

If you watch any food shows on TV, you're sure to have come across at least one show that has Chef Ramsay as a main personality. On prime time in America you might have seen Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, or most recently, MasterChef. He also has a British version of Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, along with Ramsay's Best Restaurant, and my favorite, The F Word.

There are several phrases and words that Chef Ramsay is known for.... including the "f word", "exquisite", "amazing", "passion", "stunning", "oh come ON", and "what's he doing?".

The Chef has won amazing awards, including 12 Michelin Stars, 3 Catey's, and the OBE in 2006. He is an exhaustive producer of cookbooks – my last count was 26 but that could be wrong! Here are a few great ones to choose from in any case!

Cookbook by Gordon RamsayGordon Ramsay's
World Kitchen

World Kitchen cookbook by Gordon Ramsay
       Gordon Ramsay cookbook Gordon Ramsay
Makes It Easy

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Cookbook by Gordon Ramsay on eating healthyGordon Ramsay's
Healthy Appetite

Healthy Appetite by Gordon Ramsay
       Passion for Flavor and Flavour cookbook Gordon Ramsay's
Passion for Flavour

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Cookbook by Gordon Ramsay on his best menusRamsay's
Best Menus

Babbo cookbook by Chef Mario Batali
       Chef Secrets cookbook by Gordon Ramsay Gordon Ramsay's
Chef Secrets

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