We all love trying new recipes, just as much as the celebrity chefs that dole them out. The frenzy that followed the release of Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home was undeniable – and more than a few of us had the cookbook on back order. We trust these celeb chefs with their recipes, so naturally we also trust the cookware and ingredients they endorse (or put their face on). Here’s an homage to cooking shows that have dutifully been recorded on the DVR, reservations at celeb chef hotspot restaurants made one year in advance, and the chefs who have encouraged us home cooks to “kick it up a notch.”
Wolfgang Puck – From chef to restaurateur to TV personality, Puck personifies the ultimate celebrity chef. Since he stepped into the spotlight with Spago and picked up the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef of the Year twice, he has become an internationally recognized name in the culinary industry.
This is a recipe from Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group‘s CUT steakhouse in Las Vegas.
Bobby Flay – We first came to know him as the master of grilling on Food Network television. Then he became an Iron Chef and throw-down champion, ready to challenge any chef to an I-can-do-it-better contest. All the while, this TV personality was also basking in the limelight of award winning performances in his restaurants (including the recognition as James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year in 1993, the year Flay opened Bolo in New York).
Here’s a grill recipe worthy of a cameo on Grill It! with Bobby Flay
Paula Deen – This other Food Network star doesn’t need much of an intro. Paula Deen has become a household name through her line of cookware, packaged foods and a culinary magazine to boot. She even has a few restaurants under her name.
And if you know Ms. Deen, her affection for cooking with butter needs no explanation either. Here’s a biscuit recipe that calls for a Paula Deen serving of butter.
Daniel Boulud – With restaurants in New York City (Daniel and Bar Boulud to name a couple), Miami, Palm Beach, London, Beijing and Singapore, suffice it to say this celeb chef is international. And when your namesake venue garners three Michelin stars, you know you’re good.
Here is a recipe from Boulud’s cookbook, Daniel Boulud’s Café.
Alice Waters – Now, she may not be of “celeb chef” status but the chef-restaurateur behind Chez Panisse is hailed as one of the inspirations and driving forces behind the sustainable food movement. Serious foodies know the name Alice Waters, and “eco-gastronomic” locavores know it well.
Here is a recipe inspired by the Chez Panisse Cafe cookbook
Thomas Keller – Not to downplay this chef-restaurateur’s legacy, but if there is one thing you need to know it is simply this. Keller’s Bouchon Bakery has the best Bouchons (think, bite-sized chocolate lava cake meets brownie) you will ever taste outside of Paris – if not the best ever. The fact that a reservation at the highly acclaimed restaurant The French Laundry is often made up to one year in advance is enough to prove that the buzz surrounding this chef’s cuisine is for real.
From the Ad Hoc at Home cookbook, a potato pave.
A few other chefs we have all come to know…
Emeril Lagasse – Here is a garlic-centric recipe to add a bit of “BAM!” to your cooking repertoire.
Patrick and Gina Neely – A Food Network husband and wife team whose antics are as fun to watch as the southern-inspired meals they create.
Giada De Laurentiis – Teaching authentic Italian cooking to all of America via her Emmy award winning show Everyday Italian.
Rachel Ray – America’s sweetheart chef who teaches us to cook in 30 minutes or less.
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