Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tube Tastes TV Chefs Vary from Engagin' Cajuns to `Nightmare on Elm Street'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tube Tastes TV Chefs Vary from Engagin' Cajuns to `Nightmare on Elm Street'

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For almost a month, Food & Wine magazine contributor Keith Blanchard and his wife, a professional cook, watched TV cooking shows and then prepared the recipes in their home kitchen. The result: an evaluation of six television chefs, based on style, substance and ability to inform and entertain. Not all the chefs are cooking on local channels yet, but here is how they rate, according to the Blanchards:

Chef: Emeril Lagasse

Show: "The Essence of Emeril" (TV Food Network).

The Skinny: TVFN's most engagin' Cajun.

The Quote: "A consummate pro, Lagasse executes each dish from beginning to end, so if you can't make his recipes work, it's your own fault."

Chef: Martin Yan

Show: "You Can Cook: The Best of China" (public television).

The Skinny: Yan is the master magician.

The Quote: "Yan's technical prowess makes his recipes look deceptively simple. If you can master his labor-intensive methods and find the exotic ingredients he uses, you'll be rewarded."

Chef: Jeff Smith

Show: "The Frugal Gourmet" (PBS). …

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